How to Make an Outlet Cover Plate


It's easy to create homemade and unique outlet covers that will blend in with the décor of any room. This do-it-yourself process will allow you to make an outlet cover that will be great for makeovers or as a gift for a special occasion. This is a kid friendly project. If your child is redecorating her room, let her help pick a picture to go with the new bedspread she loves. If you are redoing a space or maybe just want to dress up a dull one, try making your own outlet cover. It can turn an expensive detail into something that fits into the budget.

Things You'll Need

  • Image
  • Copy machine
  • Plain paper
  • Plastic outlet cover
  • White glue
  • Two foam brushes
  • Water
  • Large bowl
  • Utility knife
  • Acrylic polyurethane sealer
  • Screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Use a photocopy machine to reduce or enlarge the image you want to use so that it will fit on an outlet cover. Use standard paper. Make sure to photocopy it in color unless you want a black and white effect. Make a few copies, in case the first attempt rips.

  • Remove the outlet cover from the outlet or, if you want to start with a new one, they are inexpensive and available at any hardware or home supply store. The cover should be white, to show the photo to it's best advantage. Apply an even coat of white glue to the front of the outlet cover using a sponge brush.

  • Soak the image in water. This will make the paper easier to work with. Just a few seconds should be enough but make sure to saturate the paper.

  • Place the wet paper on the outlet cover. With wet fingers, carefully smooth the paper over the edges of the cover. Pinch the paper at the corners so it folds to the shape of your cover. Turn the cover over. Slide your fingers along the sides to fold the paper over the edge. Set it aside and let it dry.

  • Use a utility knife to cut off the excess paper once it dries. Cut out the holes for the outlets.

  • Apply two coats of acrylic polyurethane using a foam brush. Don't overcoat the outlet holes, the cover may not fit correctly if you do. Let the cover dry completely.

  • Use the utility knife to create pilot holes for the screws and then re-attach the outlet to your wall.

Tips & Warnings

  • You need to consider where the holes for the outlets will hit your image. Personal photographs are not good candidates because of this. Stick to a pattern that you like, such as wrapping paper.
  • This process will work on a switch plate as well.

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