How to decorate light switch covers

Written by hal bartle | 13/05/2017
How to decorate light switch covers
You may want to replace broken light switch covers with ones that you have decorated. (worn light switch - off image by Five Arrows from

Light switch covers are, in most cases, plain, white and boring. Whether you are re-painting a room or just looking for something fun to do, you may want to decorate your light switch cover. Using paint, clear enamel and stickers; pre-made designs; or wallpaper, you can create light switch covers that stand out and complement your room.

Remove the light switch cover from the wall. Light switch covers, in most cases, are held to the wall with two small flat-head screws. One screw is located above the light switch and the other is below it. Once removed, place the screws in a safe place where you will not lose them.

Paint the light switch cover. Depending on the style you are creating, you can use spray paint or standard paint. You can paint the switch one colour, or use multiple colours. You may want to insert toothpicks into the screw holes to prevent them from filling with paint, which would make it more difficult to re-install the light switch cover later. Allow the paint on the light switch cover to dry.

Add stickers to the light switch cover after the paint has dried.

Apply clear enamel spray. Apply a thin coat of spray to the light switch cover, but be sure to cover the entire surface. The enamel will keep the paint and stickers on the light switch cover without changing the colour of your design. Allow the enamel to dry.

When it is completely dry, install the light switch cover.

Cut your wallpaper to fit your light switch cover. Use left-over wallpaper from papering your walls or purchase new wallpaper to complement your existing wall decor. Lay the wallpaper down so that the blank side is exposed and place the light switch cover on the wallpaper so that it is face down. Cut the wallpaper leaving enough paper as you see fit to wrap the paper around the edges of the light switch cover.

Attach the wallpaper to the light switch cover. Spray the face of the light switch cover with adhesive spray. Position the paper on the light switch cover. If you are wrapping the paper around it to completely cover the light switch cover, you may need to add a little adhesive to the edges of the back of the light switch cover to keep the paper secure.

Once the wallpaper has been secured to the light switch cover and is dry, cut holes for the light switch and the screws using an X-Acto knife.

Reattach the light switch cover to the wall.

Choose or create your design. Choose a design that interests you. You can purchase paper with a design on it from a craft store, or you can print a design that you have found on the internet. You may even create a design using construction paper, or even draw something that you like using plain paper. The nice thing about this option is that you can be as creative as you would like.

Attach the design to the light switch cover using the same technique as in section two, steps two and three.

Reattach the light switch cover to the wall.

Things you need

  • Small flat-head screwdriver
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Stickers
  • Clear enamel spray
  • Toothpicks
  • Wallpaper
  • Scissors
  • Spray adhesive
  • X-Acto knife

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