Monday, September 14, 2015

DIY Washi Tape Switch Plates


Over the weekend, I posted on Instagram about a fun DIY project I was working on and I'm super excited to share it with you today! T and I are hosting our housewarming party this weekend and while we've made a lot of progress in crossing many big tasks off our list (like painting and buying furniture), I was eager to work on some of the little touches that would really make our apartment feel like home. I've always had a fascination with switch plates...kind of weird, I know, but I feel like they are an often overlooked part of home decor when they can actually be quite pretty and make a big impact! Unsatisfied with most of the options I found online, I set out to make my own.


First, I gathered my supplies. You'll need washi tape (I went with a gold and white theme, accented with pineapples), a screwdriver, your switch plates, and an X-acto knife.


Clean your switch plates and make sure they are thoroughly dried and free of any dust. Once you've decided on your pattern, begin layering the tape over the plate. Make sure you leave enough excess tape to fold around the sides so you can secure the edges on the back.


Using your X-acto knife, carefully trim out the light switch openings.


Make sure you also use the knife to cut out the screw holes.


Carefully screw your switch plate back on the wall, making sure not to twist too tightly (otherwise it might pull the tape).


And...now you're done! Step back and admire your handiwork.


I love seeing this cheerful plate when I make my coffee every morning...it's a big improvement over the chipped, vaguely beige plate that lies beneath the washi!


I love how the other plate looks next to my oven, especially since it's in good metallic company with my gold dot decals (which I'll be posting about soon!).


This was such an easy DIY project that no switch plate is safe from my crafting gaze...I'm ready to take on every switch plate in the apartment! Are there any other switch plate fans out there, or have you never really given them much thought before?

18 comments :

  1. OMG this is such a fun idea! I love it! Love the Washi tape you used too, those pineapples are adorable!
    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  2. Such a cute idea that wouldn't take up too much time! I love all the gold! (:

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  3. ok this is a great idea! and cheap and easy. win-win! looks great!

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  4. What a cool idea! I've heard great things about washi tape but have never used it

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  5. What a brilliant idea!! Omg I'm totally going to do this.

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  6. You know, I always wondered what people did with washi tape. What a cool idea, love it!

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  7. What a great idea! I love the ways people make washi tape so usable in so many crafty ideas

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  8. Adorable!! I also have a hard time finding any switch plates I actually like! Most of mine are just plain and boring, haha!

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  9. What a cute idea!! I've never seen this before but would love to do it in my guest bedroom. Hubby may not like bling bling throughout the house.

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  10. What a fun way to spruce up any place - and it's so easy too! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  11. These are the cutest! I love how easy - I'd never think this was from tape. It looks fantastic in your kitchen!

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  12. This turned out awesome! Washi tape can be used for so much.. I'm always amazed by all of it's uses!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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  13. What an awesome idea! I love how easy it is, but that it makes a big difference! Glad you included the link on your H54F post. Life has been a little hectic, so I'm just now catching up on several weeks worth of blog reading:(

    Tif
    www.brightonabudget.com

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