How to Make Halloween-Themed Switch Plates

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 (Image: 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

Jack-o-Lantern Switch Plate

Step 1

Cover with orange duck tape (Image: Jonathan Fong)

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.

Step 2

Cut out its features (Image: Jonathan Fong)

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

Step 3

Cover the screws (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Cut small pieces of duck tape to cover the screws.

Frankenstein's Monster

Step 1

Cover with green duck tape (Image: Jonathan Fong)

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

Step 2

Cut out the hairline (Image: Jonathan Fong)

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.

Step 3

Add the facial features (Image: Jonathan Fong)

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.

Evil Robot

Step 1

Cover with gold duck tape (Image: Jonathan Fong)

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

Step 2

The evil robot's eyes (Image: Jonathan Fong)

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.

Step 3

Nuts and screw for the mouth (Image: Jonathan Fong)

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.

Flying Witch Plate

Step 1

Cover with blue duck tape (Image: Jonathan Fong)

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.

Step 2

Make a cape (Image: Jonathan Fong)

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.

Step 3

The witch's head flaps over the screw hole (Image: Jonathan Fong)

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.

Step 4

A paintbrush is the broomstick (Image: Jonathan Fong)

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.

Mr. Mustache

Step 1

Cut out an oval (Image: Jonathan Fong)

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.

Step 2

Glue on googly eyes (Image: Jonathan Fong)

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

Step 3

Add the hair and mustache (Image: Jonathan Fong)

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.)

Tip

Instead of using duck tape, you can paint the switch plates.

Warning

Do not allow children to use the hobby knife.