|the makings of a craft project:|
I wanted to stick with the blue accent I have going in that corner (the drapes are blue, as is a quilted hanging that is on the back of the chair, and a poster hanging on one wall has a bit of blue in it, too). I have a respectable collection of fabric and found a blue piece that has a bit of a celestial pattern, with lighter swirls and little stars. The fabric worked with the drapes, and looked good against the wall color, too.I broke out the Modge Podge, a foam brush, and an exacto knife, and set up shop on the lid of an empty tub. Given that I have a devoted crafting space, you think I would have used it. Right now, though, there is a ton of stuff still to be organized and put away, and most of it is sitting on the crafting table. So, I made do with a mobile crafting table - not to mention the ease of cleaning up the excess Modge Podge that inevitably made it onto the lid. This was hardly a "clean" project, at least not for me. There is still Modge Podge on my fingernails and on the camera (oops).
I estimated the size of the fabric by placing the plate on the fabric and giving about 3/4 of an inch excess that I would eventually fold over to the back of the plate. I ended up using a minimal amount of the fabric - maybe 1/16th of a yard, total. This could easily work with any decent sized scrap - as long as there is enough fabric to wrap around the edges.
the fabric pieces are larger than the switch plate & outlet plates
by about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch
I slathered the Modge Podge on the face of the plate then centered the fabric on the plate, pressed it down, and added another layer to seal it on. I let each dry for a bit before adding a second layer of Modge Podge for good measure.
When the front was dry, I used the exacto knife to carefully cut an X in each of the openings for the switch, and for the plugs. For the plug openings I added an additional cross-cut to accommodate the rounded edges; in retrospect I should have added a couple more cuts, but it seems to have worked out okay. This left small triangles of fabric that I could wrap around to the back. And by small I mean tiny - almost to the point (he he) of being too small to work with. . . but I forged ahead. Note for next time - I could probably just cut the fabric completely away from openings, and the Modge Podge would be enough to keep the fabric from fraying.
|scoring the fabric to create openings.|
|copious amounts of modge podge used here. |
plus a bit extra for good measure.
I really like the way the plates came out, and how they look in the space. All-told is was not a challenging project, and went fairly quickly. As long as you don't mind a bit of a mess (is it just me?) this is a nice way to give a little but of lively accent to a space. And, if you get tired of them, replacement plates aren't all that expensive.
|sneak peak of the almost-finished reading nook.|