Thursday, December 30, 2010

Zebra Print Light Switch Cover {Tutorial}



Today I was browsing around the internet doing a search for Zebra Print Decor, for Kiahs room! Im really wanting to finish up her room, and really make it her own. :)
Well I came across these CUTE light switch and outlet covers! I thought they were sooo adorable and wanted to buy them for her. They would be such a cute little accent, to add to her Zebra theme!

Not to mention when we bought our house, we never bought new covers.. most people wouldnt think its a need, but ours were probably original to this 30 year old house and very dirty (un cleanable stained dirty). And I begged the hubs to paint them purple, when we painted her walls, to cover the ugly stains and just keep it a nice flow. Rather than nice clean new purple walls and then ugly yellowish stained eye sore! :) Anywho.. he said no, that it wasnt a good idea. Boys.. what do they know! LOL

But I GUESS Im glad we didnt, because then I would never have come up with this cooooool project! :) So Like I said, I found these cute covers and wanted to buy them! BUT guess what stopped me? Uh-huh.. the thing that stops most every crafter I know! The PRICE!! These babies ranged from 7-14 dollars!! I know that may not seem like much.. but for one a stinkin light cover! COME ON! :) Plus having to buy more for each outlet cover too, AND shipping costs! I dont know.. I just couldnt do it. Then I thought to myself, as I often do, that I could probably MAKE these myself. I remembered I had bought some zebra print fabric, that I found on sale at walmart ($1 for about a yard and a half). I figured it could come in handy for any future projects I may do for Kiahs room.. and what better project to start with than this one? :)

So here is the SUPER easy peasy and CHEAP Tutorial!
First remove current cover:
(See how gross it was!)
Supplies:
Current Light Switch Cover 
Fabric of choice
(any fabric that would match your room decor)
Mod Podge
Paint Brush
Scissors
Pen or Pencil 
(I used a marker and it bled through when I applied the mod podge, its not that noticeable because it goes with the zebra print.. but for other fabrics it may look bad. Pencil would be best)

Set your cover on the fabric and trace around it, and all the openings.


To cut the small holes I just folded it where I drew the hols then made a little snip!



Set fabric aside and bust out the mod podge. 
I used a paper towel under the cover so I didnt get the glue on my table cloth!
Start applying the mod podge all over your cover.

Once your cover is completely covered in an even layer of mod podge, set your fabric on top of it carefully to match up all the holes. Then press firmly and smooth out over the cover.

Then add another layer of mod podge over the fabric. I did two coats.

Let it dry about 20 minutes.

Then replace back over the switch! Kiah was so excited that she wanted to help! :) SO I let her screw the cover back on! :)

And when youre done, admire your lovely new chic light switch!!! :)

These were so fast, easy and cheap, Im going to be doing all the rest of her outlet covers as well ( which will be about 4 more)!
Of course I just had to make a quick post of this first! :) 
*hehe*
I say thats not bad! Something that could have potentially cost me $35 at the least, was only a $1 project!! :)
AWESOME!


What is yours or your child room decor?? How fun would this be to really personalize the room! Oh my I just had a thought of some gorgeous damask print fabric to use on a cover!! How gorgeous would that be!? ooOOo.. I just may have to do that, for my precious niece Isabella whose room is pink and black with a Damask and Princess theme! :) What prints would YOU use for this project?

I'm gonna be linking up this project {here}

Thanks for stopping by!
~Maria-Isabel

23 comments:

  1. So cute, so easy and I love it with the purple!

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  2. I just did this with scrapbook paper, but I have some fabric I think will work...

    Love it!

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  3. Oh scrap book paper would be good too, there is so many gorgeous patterned scrap book paper out there! Fabric was really easy though cause its flexible and stuck to the mod podge easily with out much pressure! :)

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  4. Adorable - sassy and stylish! Love it and thanks for sharing the how-to! Happy 2011!

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  5. love this idea, and your blog! I'm totally stalking you now...*officially*. :) I'm featuring this for whimsical wednesday at rosyredbuttons.blogspot.com tommorrow, hope thats ok!

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  6. Camilla- HAHA YES! My first stalker! :) hehe I love it! And yay thanks for featuring me!! I cant wait to check it out!!! :)

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  7. I did this project, too! I really love that you can add a little zap of color or print onto a wall!
    Check out the patterns I used:

    http://cannaryfamily.blogspot.com/2010/05/little-touches-and-fun-to-do.html

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  8. This is an awesome idea!!! And I LOVE zebra print! :) We would love for you to link this up at Fancy This Fridays this week! :) http://trulylovelywiththelaneysisters.blogspot.com/

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  9. Perfect solution....love it against the wall color...and I cn tell she is pretty pleased with it, too!!

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  10. How fun! I have a "kaia" too and she is going to flip over the covered outlets:)

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  11. What a great fix.
    ~Kimberlee
    www.TheSpunkyDiva.com

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  12. This is brilliant, i will definitly be creating some of these, so easy but so stylish! Thank you X

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  13. Really cute. I have lots of material scrapes that can work for this.

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  14. That turned out perfectly! I'm sure it fits beautifully in her room. I've made photo transfer light switch covers but haven't tried using fabric before...it's now definitely on my to-do list :)

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  15. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Craft Edition - I featured you today! - Mandy, www.craftedition.blogspot.com

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  16. love that neat easy tips that really help a place look great

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  17. Don't you just LOVE modge podge and fabric?? This has been my cheap go-to way to do over bathrooms and bedrooms for kids until we have the real money for a real knock-down remodel, lol.
    You did a fabulous job and thank you for your tutorial!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
    AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

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  18. I recently tried this too.

    http://livingcheapandhappy.blogspot.com/2011/04/light-switch-face-plates.html

    I never thought asbout trying fabric. I think I will have to try this.

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  19. Very informative blog in terms of knowledge, related to downlight covers. your blog would be more accurate and helpful for anyone, great job keep it up.

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  20. Great Idea! I had to get my zebra fabric out and cover my sewing room plate the same way! Thanks for the inspiration and purple is my favorite color too!

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  21. Wonderful idea Maria, My Wife Tracy and I design and manufacture wall stickers in zebra print that your daughter might like.
    Take a look http://www.prestochangodecor.com/smaller-wall-stickers-decals-for-kids.html

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