Friday, August 5, 2016

How To Repurpose Electrical Outlet Covers

So my "GEEK OUT ROOM" is a work in progress, which is where most of inspiration comes from when it comes to the neat-o (yes I said it) things I create.

So lets be honest, outlet covers are boring. I mean yeah, you can spend a good bit of money on buying the nice ones, but why do that when you can create your own?

Browsing through Pinterest, which is really a sick addiction that I need to get under control, I came across a pin where a blogger made her outlet covers look FANTASTIC. She dipped them in glitter, but at the time I didn't have any "pretty" or fun colors that I thought would match the taste of my room. I know, I know, many of you are saying "WHAT! You didn't have glitter?". I'm really hanging my head in disappointment too, but if I would have had the glitter, I wouldn't have come up with these beauties.

What you will need:

       Outlet Covers
       Decorative Tape
       Foam brush/paint brush
       Mod Podge
       Embellishments (Optional)
       Hot Glue Gun (Optional)

Warning: Once you start making these you will not want to stop! 

You can go into any craft store such as Michael's, Hobby Lobby or even Wal-Mart and find everything you need.

 Step 1:
Prep your work space by gathering every thing that you need and developing a "game plan" as to how you are going to place your tape for the next step. There are so many different ways you can go about doing this. The patterns are endless; however, I just kept it simple since the tape I was using was so patterned. If it helps create a rough sketch!

Step 2:
Place your tape on your outlet cover wrapping all the way around with enough covering over the lip of the backside of the cover so that the tape doesn't slip off. Cover the holes completely until you have finished covering the entire surface. Cut out the holes by carefully by slipping your scissors through the tape and gently snipping the tape to look like a pie. Like the picture below. This will allow you to fold the tape onto the back side without bubbling or creasing the tape in a not so nice way. Feel free to snip off any excess. I did, but I wanted to take a nice clear photo to demonstrate exactly what I was talking about.

Step 3:
Apply the Mod Podge to the entire surface, back and front, of the outlet cover. I use the glossy finish Modge Poge for this project, but there are so many different finishes to choose from. I'm thinking for my next project I may use the acrylic finish, which I didn't even know that they had until recently.
Cover the surface thoroughly. You don't want the tape to peel off. I applied 3 coats, which I'm pretty sure was over kill, but I wanted to be on the safe side. 

The next step is OPTIONAL

Step 4 (optional):
Of course, I had to take my outlet covers to the next level and add a little bling bling to them, a decision I do not regret as these turned out LOVELY.

I added rhinestones and antique buttons to the two of the corners and around the edges to finish the look I was trying to achieve.      

I recently bought a lot of mixed jewelry at the goodwill with antique broaches and button and a nice mix of costume jewelry that I had been dying to use on a project and WAH LA! Here is project #1 putting those items to good. use. 

CAUTION: Please choose wisely what you use. You don't want to make your outlet too heavy. The buttons and rhinestones added minimal weight to this project, so it isn't too heavy for the wall. ( I was worried after everything was finished that it may not work).

Okay guys, so what do you think? I am dying to try more and there are many different ways you can create your own. Please feel free to comment below and let me know your ideas. 

Much Love


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