DIY: Paper~Covered Electrical Outlet Plate

I’ve never liked plain white or off-white electrical outlet plates + the designs offered at local home improvement stores have never really impressed me much either. I’ve seen various fabric or paper covered outlet plates available on Etsy + thought instead of trying to find one that matched my rooms perfectly, why not try to make my own. How hard could it be?

I browsed the fabric aisles of the local craft stores + bought a plain grey fabric. I also came home with decorative paper used for scrapbooking. I chose to use Modge Podge as an adhesive. This first go-round did not go as I expected. I was not happy with the results of the fabric covering. I don’t know if it was the fabric itself or the combination of modge podge + fabric. Either way, my attempt with the paper was more successful, but I still wasn’t completely happy with the result.

After putting this project off for a long time + having no outlet covers in our bedroom, I decided I’d finally give it another try. This time I was much happier with the results!

 

DIY Paper~Covered Electrical Outlet Plate

Materials

  • Outlet covers {I didn’t buy these new, although you can if yours are in rough shape}
  • Scrapbook or other decorative paper {I used 2, 12×12″ sheets of paper to cover 7 plates}
  • Modge Podge {I used the Matte formula}
  • Sponge brushes
  • Hot glue gun + glue sticks {not pictured}
  • Rotary cutter + mat or scissors
  • Work surface covering {I used saran wrap}

 

Wipe your outlet plates clean if they are dirty, I used a mild soap + water. Using your rotary cutter + mat or scissors, layout your plates + cut the paper leaving approximately 1/2″ around each edge of the plate.

 

Cover your work area. I used a paper plate to pour out the modge podge for easier dipping, you can use a bowl or just leave in the jar, whichever you prefer.

 

Spread an even layer of modge podge over your cover plate, then press the paper down on top + over the curve of the edges. Cover the top of the paper with another layer of modge podge. Use your fingers to spread out the glue + push out any air bubbles. Set the cover plates aside to dry ~ I left them for about an hour while I did other things around the house.

 

 

 

Using your hot glue gun, fold down + glue the top + bottom edges of the paper around the back of the cover plate. Make sure to press the paper to the glue for a secure hold. Be careful ~ hot glue guns are hot!

 

 

Trim off any excess paper along the remaining two unglued sides + clip the corners to ensure there isn’t too much bulk when you glue down the remaining sides.

 

Use your hot glue gun to secure the remaining two flaps around the back of the cover plate

 

Using a sharp knife or scissors, cut an X through the paper where the electrical outlet openings are. Push the X toward the back + fold the paper around back securing with your hot glue gun.

 

Layout all your covers + do one more thick coat of modge podge on the front of each cover. Set aside + allow to dry ~ I left it for another hour.

 

Once dry, you can push the cover screws through the paper in the center to reattach on the outlet. That’s it!

 

There are thousands of options for scrapbooking paper + I’m sure you’ll be able to find something to match your decor. I’m currently on the lookout for one to match our nursery theme. I hope you give it a try! It adds some interest to your rooms with a little surprise art!

~katie

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