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. 😉 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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