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Last Updated on July 25, 2021 by Katherine
Okay, the Calendar says it’s July, but my mind is on Halloween right now. Today I’m going to teach you how to make a DIY light switch cover that will be perfect for Halloween!
I stumbled across this project idea on Pinterest and I knew that I just had to try it for myself. When you’re decorating for a holiday, you rarely think about jazzing up your light switch or outlet covers, but you totally can create a set of them that’ll work for you! Polymer clay is pretty common, you’ll find it at crafting and some dollar stores. Failing that, you can hop on Amazon to find various deals.
If you don’t already have some plastic clay tools, I recommend finding some of those. They are inexpensive and easy to find and they can help you form shapes you’d like to incorporate into your designs.
Light switch covers are easy to switch out. All you need is a screwdriver to remove your existing plate cover and swap it with your polymer clay one!
Let’s get started!!
What You Will Need:
- Polymer clay (various colors);
- Light switch cover (plastic or metal);
- Oven pan and tin foil; and,
- Clay tools.
If you have a ceramic tile, you may wish to swap that with your oven pan, but it’s your choice!! A metal pan and tin foil will work totally fine.
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Plan Your Scene
I made a classic graveyard scene, but there are literally loads of great Halloween themed ideas to try out. Start by making a sketch of your plans. You can just freehand your project also, but sometimes it helps to have a rough idea of what you want to create!
Some equally clever ideas:
- Witches flying;
- Cats and Pumpkins;
- Pumpkin Patch; and,
- Haunted Houses.
I enjoy working with polymer clay because you have a lot of time to work with your clay. It really only hardens once you stick that in the oven.
Prep Your Light Switch Cover
You don’t need to do anything except give your plate cover a good clean in some regular dish soap and water. It helps to get rid of any dust particles or dirt on the cover.
Start With Your Background
With a graveyard scene, I did a nice black night sky and some dark green grass. Use a cutting tool (exacto knife works great), remove the edges of the clay and cut out the center part where the switch goes through.
I then recommend using your pointed clay tool to bore out a large enough hole for the screws to secure your lovely switch plate to the wall.
Moon It Up
My next step was to create the pretty crescent moon.
Make a nice round ball with some yellow clay and then press it down, cutting out your shape from that.
Finish up by sticking it to your black sky.
To create the gravestone, simply form the shape you’d like and trim any excess clay.
You can use black clay to create writing on your gravestone, but I didn’t have a small enough stencil and decided that the current look was fine.
It’s Not Halloween Without a Pumpkin
I wanted to have a 3D look for my pumpkin, so I made a ball out of orange and didn’t flatten it. Once securing the ball to my green grass, I then took a clay tool to create all those lovely ribs that pumpkins have.
For the finishing touch, a small bit of green can make a lovely stem.
If you wanted to really spooky things up, black clay could give your pumpkin the perfect jack-o’-lantern look!
Bake Your Clay
Follow the package instructions to fully “cure” or harden your clay. This will harden everything up on your project. Once done, you’ll be able to pry the clay from the plastic switch cover and then it is ready.
You’ll be able to reuse the plastic switch cover for another project. A metal plate will last longer, of course, but you should be able to get 4-5 uses from a plastic one.
Secure The Clay Cover To Your Light Switch
Using the screws that you removed the old switch plate with can simply secure your new (and cooled) switch plate to the wall.
Final Thoughts On A DIY Light Switch Cover
I would have never thought of using clay to create a seasonally appropriate light switch cover, but I am seriously in love with the idea. It’s something unique that you rarely see carried in stores even so it’s a perfectly easy project to pull off and create some enchanting results that your guests will notice and comment on!
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