Outlet Covers Unleashed!

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By now the idea of covering your outlet covers or switch plates with decorative paper or decoupage is old news. Good news, but old news. When we moved into our “new” house and painted, we replaced all the yellowing, dirty plastic covers. Unfortunately, some outlets started sans covers and we could find none to fit the “vintage” (aka oddly sized) outlets. As renters, we felt it was not worth the time or expense to hunt down ones that would fit. After months of politely ignoring the bare holes in our beautifully painted walls, inspiration struck: foamcore board!

I used this inexpensive material to create custom-sized outlet covers. While I stuck with rectangles (for now) I think the true creative potential of this project is the ability to create custom shapes. This has particular application for a child’s room – You could make an outlet cover in the shape of an owl, a cloud, a flower! The lightweight shape adheres with double stick tape, so you don’t need to riddle the wall with holes and the low cost makes it easy to switch out at will.

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Materials:

  • Foamcore board (purchased on sale at Michaels for $1.50 for one sheet)
  • Scrapbooking paper (assorted, costing less than $1.00 per sheet)
  • Modge Podge
  • Double Sided Tape
  • Ruler, X-Acto Knife, Scoring Implement, Pencil, Scissors, Foam Brush

Step 1: Measure and Cut Base

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Step 2: Prepare Paper Cover
Since the paper I used was fairly heavyweight, I measured, scored, and pre-folded the paper to ensure it wrapped cleanly around the base. The process for this was similar to making a paper box.

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Step 3: Glue paper cover to foam base
Using the foam brush, I applied a generous layer of Modge Podge to the interior surface of my paper cover, inserted the base, and gently applied pressure to affix the edges of the paper securely. Once dry, I taped the corners of the paper down for an added layer of protection. If desired, you could coat the entire outlet cover with a coat of Modge Podge. I omitted this step, knowing my covers have a short life span and because I wanted to preserve the textured finish of some of the decorative papers I chose.

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I used double sided tape to attach the covers to the wall.

Before

Before

After!

After!

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What creative applications can you think of? 

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