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Washi Tape Light Switch {contributor Shelly}

Welcome back contribute Shelly from DIY Mama with a super cute craft featuring washi tape!

Hey guys! I’ve been Super Crafty Mom this week. Finishing projects, starting new projects and getting inspired. I currently have 7 projects going on. There is no safe surface around my home. I hope no one stops by. Who are we kidding…I’ll just sweep it all into a bag and it’ll be all good! Today I wanted to share with you how I did THE quickest, quirkiest update on my daughter’s light switch cover. Seriously, this project took 5min.

Washi Tape Light Switch

Washi Tape Light Switch, super fun tutorial for customizing your light switches!

I have this thing about not buying new stuff until I really feel I’ve been using up my current supplies pretty steadily. I wanted to buy more washi tapes but knew I hadn’t been using my current stash since my last smash book. This was the perfect solution! My husband said ‘that’s cute, but don’t do it to any of the other switch plates,’ so of course I did! I only did two plates and they’re both Sophie’s domain.

Washi Tape Light Switch, super fun tutorial for customizing your light switches!

Much cuter, no?! The possibilities are endless. Checkered, horizontal stripes, chevron, or you could use a hole punch to make polka dots! In case you’re curious, the light switches we have in our bathrooms have a light switch on the left side and a timer for the fan on the right. This comes in handy when we are in a hurry to shower and leave, we can just set the timer for an hour to make sure the room gets fully dry (no mold!)


Materials Needed:
Washi Tape
Exacto Knife
Switch Plate


The first step is to figure out your color arrangement. I knew I wanted gold to be prominent so I started with it to ensure I’d have a full stripe.

I made a little gif of the process with the PartyParty app. I have no affiliation with this app or the producers but I thought it would be a fun time to try it out! It was a good thing I did because I forgot to take a ‘middle of the project’ photo!


The corners were definitely the hardest part of this project. I cut a diagonal slit in the excess tape and wrapped it the best I could to alleviate wrinkles. I don’t get to nit-picky on details like this because I’ve since realized that no one ever notices these details!


Once the entire plate is covered, it’s time to make the holes for the switches to fit. I used my exacto knife to make an X in the tape. Notice on the left hole I had to do an elongated X. This does not have to be perfect, it’s just a way to get the tape flaps back.


I also put a small slit in the screw holes. I was worried that forcing the screw through might pull up the tape or tear it in an area I could see.

Washi Tape Light Switch, super fun tutorial for customizing your light switches!

Washi Tape Light Switch, super fun tutorial for customizing your light switches!

Happy in it’s new home!! I love how it adds a bit of fun to her bathroom. Although, her art is pretty fun on it’s own! Don’t mind the teal tape on Oliver’s (the octopus) frame. I’d dropped him right before this shot and broke the frame! Darn, another trip to IKEA. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have you ever done something to liven up a playroom or your kid’s room switch plate? Anyone do anything other than scrap book with their washi tape? How many rolls do you have? It’s addictive once you buy your first roll!

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16 Wonderful Comments

  1. avatar
    Kelly says:
    August 23, 2014

    Cute and easy idea! Love it!

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    Shelly says:
    August 24, 2014

    Thanks Kelly! My daughter likes it in her room too! She always touches it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    August 25, 2014

    I think I could do something like this in our rental! I’ve heard washi tape is pretty easy to remove. Thanks for sharing this!

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      Shelly says:
      August 25, 2014

      Washi tape is super easy to move…kind of like masking tape but even easier. I’ve seen people hang art using washi tape in rentals.

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    August 25, 2014

    This is so cute and simple. I know I’m going to have to do this. I pinned it so I won’t forget.

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      Shelly says:
      August 25, 2014

      I’d love to see it once you do it Jennifer!

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    Charmin says:
    August 26, 2014

    What an awesome idea! I’ve been looking for fun ways to spruce up my two sons’ bedrooms and bathroom. You’ve inspired me to try this – with blues and greens, of course. Thank you!

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      Shelly says:
      August 28, 2014

      That’d be super cute! I did a teal and blue one for her bedroom that she likes better than this pink one. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Jill says:
    August 26, 2014

    Such a pretty light switch cover. My husband would probably tell me the same thing – but I must show this to my girls, they would love it!! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

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      Shelly says:
      August 28, 2014

      HAHA! I say if it makes the kids and wife happy, husband doesn’t get a say. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have a great week Jill!

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    Brita Long says:
    August 27, 2014

    We live in a rental home, and I’ve been trying to find small, easy, cheap things to do to spruce up the place. I think I just found a solution! Thank you!

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      Shelly says:
      August 28, 2014

      Awesome Brita! I think it’ll look great!

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      Shelly says:
      August 28, 2014

      Thanks Marti! I love it when a plan works out as I envision it, especially if I don’t have to buy anything. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. avatar
    August 28, 2014

    what a fun quick craft! This would be great for the granddaughters room makeover!

  9. avatar
    August 29, 2014

    Thanks for linking to Create Link Inspire at The Crafty Blog Stalker. You have been featured and pinned! Thank you for sharing.

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