DIY Switch Plates with Alcohol Ink

Difficulty Cost Time Age Person Event
$1 to $25
30 Minutes
-- Adult

Last fall, I decided to repaint my entire house. Big job but I was sick and tired of the ‘builder beige’ walls so it was totally worth it! Now, my soft gray walls with fresh white trim look so much better. While I love my walls, I did notice they need a pop of color. So, why not decorate the plain ole light switch covers? I recently discovered alcohol inks and absolutely love the unique watercolor effects you can achieve. Plus, alcohol inks are super easy even for beginners to use. So, let’s DIY some switch plates.

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Step by Step Instructions

  • Step 1

    There are many different ways to use alcohol inks, this is just what I did:

    Dip your paint brush in the rubbing alcohol and completely cover one of the switch plates. Make sure it’s totally wet. Now, drip some alcohol ink onto the rubbing alcohol and watch it flow. You can move the ink around with a brush or blow it with the straw.

  • Step 2

    Add more colors

  • Step 3

    Let dry completely and then add a couple coats of the acrylic spray sealer.


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