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Easy Homemade Craft Gifts for Kids


Switch Plate Covers
Spruce up the old switch plate covers in your house with these stylish covers made by your kids.
Spruce up the old switch plate covers in your house with these stylish covers made by your kids.
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If you're tired of seeing dull switch plates, your children can switch on some fun with these stylish switch plate covers.

What You'll Need:

  • Plastic juice or bleach bottle (washed and rinsed well)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Paints
  • Paintbrushes
  • Craft supplies (sequins, rhinestones, markers, etc.)
  • Craft glue
  • Double-sided tape

How to Make Switch Plate Covers:

Step 1: Help your children cut a piece of plastic from a clean, washed bleach or juice bottle.

Step 2: Unscrew the face plate in your children's room so they can use it as a pattern. Have them place the face plate on the plastic, trace around it, and cut out the rectangle.

Step 3: Replace the face plate when your children are done tracing it. Mark and cut out the center rectangle to make room for the switch.

Step 4: Your children can decorate the plastic any way that suits their mood. They can add sequins or rhinestones if they're in a glamorous mood. Or they can draw tiger stripes if they're feeling wild. Maybe they could doodle hearts and flowers if they're feeling full of love. Or they could even make it galactic with stars and asteroids if they're an out- of-this-world kid.

Step 5: When they're done done decorating it, attach their new, improved switch plate over the old one (the old switch plate must be in place to keep everyone safe from electricity) with double-sided tape.

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