How to Make Halloween-Themed Switch Plates

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Halloween-themed switch plates are a fun way to decorate for the holiday. They’re easy to make, and you can do them all over the house for a fun surprise in every room. The light switch acts as a nose, so the switch plates can be different faces. There’s even a switch plate with a flying witch making a crash landing. Now, that’s what we call a “witch plate.”

Halloween switch plates
(Jonathan Fong)

Things You'll Need

  • Blank switchplates
  • Duck tape in various colors
  • Screws, nuts, bolts, anchors
  • Hobby knife
  • Faux fur
  • Googly eyes
  • Hot glue gun
  • Craft foam
  • Black felt
  • Black fabric
  • Small paint brush
Step 1

Cover a switch plate with orange duck tape. Instead of trying to cut a piece of duck tape that is exactly the size of the switch plate, let the duck tape go past the edges and then trim it with a hobby knife. Use the hobby knife to cut out the opening for the switch and the screw holes.

Cover with orange duck tape
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Step 2

Cut jack-o-lantern features out of black duck tape and apply them to the switch plate.

Cut out its features
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Step 3

Cut small pieces of duck tape to cover the screws.

Cover the screws
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Step 1

Cover a switch plate with green duck tape, trimming the edges with a hobby knife.

Cover with green duck tape
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Step 2

Cut a jagged hairline with a hobby knife on black duck tape. Place the black hairline on top of the green tape and trim the edges with a hobby knife.

Cut out the hairline
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Step 3

Cut one long strip of black duck tape for the unibrow, two squares for the eyes, and small strips to make the stitched mouth. As with the jack-o-lantern, have small pieces of duck tape to cover the screws later.

Add the facial features
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Step 1

Cover a switch plate with metallic gold duck tape, trimming the edges and the center opening with a hobby knife.

Cover with gold duck tape
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Step 2

Screws and bolts make great eyes for the evil robot, and metal self-drilling drywall anchors make scary eyebrows. Attach these to the switch plate with a hot glue gun.

The evil robot's eyes
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Step 3

For the robot’s mouth, use nuts for teeth, with a long screw running through them. These are also attached with hot glue. You can leave the screw holes of the switch plate uncovered, as the screws will fit the robot design.

Nuts and screw for the mouth
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Step 1

This switchplate doesn’t feature a witch’s face, but a flying witch. Start by covering the switchplate with blue duck tape to signify sky.

Cover with blue duck tape
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Step 2

Cut a small piece of black fabric and hot glue it over the opening of the switch plate. This is the witch’s cape. Only the top of the cape should be glued down; it acts like a flap, so you still have access to the switch. The cape should be long enough to cover the bottom screw.

Make a cape
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Step 3

Cut a small witch’s hat out of felt, and glue some faux fur to it for the hair. Hot glue this as a flap above the top screw hole. This way, it covers the screw, but still allows you access to it. Then cut out some arm shapes out of craft foam and glue those to the switch plate, extending from the cape.

The witch's head flaps over the screw hole
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Step 4

Cut off the handle of a small paint brush, and glue the brush to the bottom of the switch plate. The brush is the witch’s broomstick. When the cape is down, it looks like the witch is flying away and crashing into the switch plate.

A paintbrush is the broomstick
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Step 1

You do not need to be confined to the shape of the rectangular switchplate. For Mr. Mustache, place the switchplate on top of a piece of craft foam and trace an oval just larger than the switchplate. Then cut out the oval, as well as the opening for the switch.

Cut out an oval
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Step 2

Hot glue the oval to the switchplate, and then glue googly eyes to the face.

Glue on googly eyes
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Step 3

For the hair, glue on a piece of faux fur as a flap that will cover the top screw. Cut out a mustache from faux fur and glue that above the bottom screw hole. When the screw is inserted, it will look like a tooth.

(Note: Instead of using duck tape, you can paint the switch plates for any of these designs.)

Add the hair and mustache
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Tips & Warnings

  • Instead of using duck tape, you can paint the switch plates.
  • Do not allow children to use the hobby knife.
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