Harry Potter Light Switch Plate Covers

Posted on Nov 25 2014 - 11:20am by Monica
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Oh my goodness, do you love Harry Potter as much as I do???? Of course you do, that’s why you want to decorate every nook and cranny of your home with Harry Potter items!!! I made these for my cousin that loves Harry even more than I do! I have 3 copies of HP and the Order of the Phoenix so I figured it was time to use one for crafting. I was right…

Harry Potter Light Switch Cover Tutorial

Harry Potter Light Switch Cover Tutorial

What You’ll Need

  • Switch Plate Covers (I got mine for about $1 each at Walmart)
  • Mod Podge (I used Matte but any will work)
  • Vinyl (I used black chalkboard but you can use whatever you want)
  • Transfer Paper
  • Harry Potter book pages (or you can print some Harry Potter words on paper)
  • Harry Potter Font(s) – I used Harry P and Lumos which are both free for personal use
  • X-Acto  Knife

How to Make Harry Potter Light Switch Plate Covers

These first 8 steps can actually be used with any paper or fabric!

Harry Potter Light Switch Plate Cover Tutorial Base

Harry Potter Light Switch Plate Cover Tutorial Base

Step 1 – Trim the Paper

You’ll want it to be about 1/2″ bigger than the switch plate on all sides.

Step 2 – Apply a Light Coat of Mod Podge to the Back

Don’t go heavy here or you’ll get bubbles and wrinkles. You can kinda see what I mean on the photo on the left in the image at the top of the post. I got better the second time (the pic on the right).

Step 3 – Fold the Paper Around

Make sure your plate is clean of debris. Then set it in the middle of the paper, aligning it with the text to make sure it is straight. Fold the paper around to the back, making sure you have no air bubbles in the front.

Step 4 – Trim the Corners

Trim the corners so that you don’t have too much paper here.

Step 5 – Cut out the Switch Space

Using your X-Acto Knife, cut an ‘X’ in the switch space.

Step 6 – Cut Holes in the Screw Spaces

Using your X-Acto Knife again, cut holes in the screw spaces. These don’t have to be perfect since a screw will be going in there.

Step 7 – Press Everything Down in Back

Using your fingers, press everything down very tightly in the back. Press your ‘X’ from the switch space out and flatten it. You may need to use more Mod Podge to get it these pieces to stick.

Step 8 – Celebrate!

Your base is done. Now for adding the words!

 

Harry Potter Light Plate Switch Tutorial Finish

Harry Potter Light Plate Switch Tutorial Finish

 

Step 9 – Cut Your Words

Using the fonts, Harry P and Lumos, create the words Lumos and Nox in your design software.
Note: you may have to refresh the software after installing the fonts to get them to be recognized by the software.

Cut them on to your vinyl. Make sure you have no bubbles under your vinyl on your mat and that you’ve chosen the right setting on your machine.

Step 10 – Transfer the Words

Using transfer paper, gently peel the words off the mat. I had to use my weeding tools to assist the transfer.

Step 11 – Apply the Words

Using the text as a way to align your words, line them up and press down on the transfer paper. I was worried that the transfer paper might rip the book paper but it didn’t even when I pressed really hard. Remove the transfer tape.

Step 12 – Check it Out!

You’re almost there!!

Step 13 – One More Coat of Mod Podge

Light switches see a lot of action so apply one more light coat of Mod Podge to seal everything together.

Step 14 – Admire Your Work and Share It!

GREAT JOB!!!

We’d love to see your finished plate so please post it in the comments!

Harry Potter Light Switch Plate Cover Tutorial

Isn’t it fun????

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