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DIY Mosaic Tile Light Switch Covers

Custom Switch Plate Cover
Creating a mosaic tile switch plate cover @ tilegypsy.com

DIY Light Switch Covers:

  • Start with a HARD plastic light switch cover … found at home improvement and hardware stores. If the plastic is bendy … pass.
  • You can use wood and metal light switch covers too. Makes no never mind. 😉
  • Coat the light switch cover with Weldbond adhesive and let dry. You don’t have to coat the switch plate but … it really helps things stick better.
  • Glue color fast beads and/or tile around the light switch opening with Weldbond.
  • Now glue from the outside in. That way you’ll know how much room you have left to work with.
  • Continue to glue the rest of your design.
  • Allow the glue to dry for a minimum of 24 hours.
  • Finish off the light switch cover by gluing color fast beads around the edges of the border tile and let it dry for another 24 hours.

  • Yes it’s tough to wait for everything to dry but … you really have to or … you’ll really be bummed!
  • Before grouting … cover delicate items (jewels etc) with painter’s tape before grouting.
  • After the light switch cover is completely dry … mix sanded grout (color of choice) with liquid grout additive, instead of water, for more flexibility.
  • Let dry for another 24 hours.
  • Seal the entire light switch cover with grout sealer.
  • Again … let it dry overnight and install.
  • Depending on the height of the pieces surrounding the light switch holes … you may need to purchase longer screws for ease in use.
Custom switchplate covers sold.
Custom Mosaic Tile Switch Plate Covers • SOLD. © mara lee

MATERIALS:

  • Switch plate covers of your choice. Plastic, wood or metal
  • Weldbond Adhesive
  • Painters Tape
  • Wheeled Nipper
  • Bits and pieces of ceramic tile, china, jewels etc.
  • Foam Brush
  • Painters Tape
  • Wooden Skewer
  • Paper Towel
  • Sanded Grout, Grout Additive and Grout Sealer
  • Longer Screws, if needed
Mosaic Tile Switchplates
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10 thoughts on “DIY Mosaic Tile Light Switch Covers”

  1. I have a question..why coat the plates with welbond first if you are going to glue the pieces in anyways and the other question is how to tape the back of the plate. oh yeah onw other thing…Ive noticed that the edges around the plates have a curve over..they are not completely flat so how do you compensate for this when using flat tiles. Do you not go all the way to the edges with the tiles. Thanks

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    1. Hi Theresa,
      • Smooth surfaces need to be coated … kind of like sanding wood before you paint it … it prepares the surface to help keep the pieces from sliding off.
      • You don’t have to glue things all the way to the edge … you won’t really see the edge once the piece is completed.
      • Taping the back is needed before you grout to keep the back of the switch-plate clean.

      Mara
      http://www.225waterstreet.com

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  2. Hi, I have made mosaic light switch covers in the past. But, after awhile the grout starts to fall off the edges from using the light so much. Do you have any tips to stop this from happening?

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    1. Hi, Laura, I have found that gluing color fast metal beads and/or tile around the edges and openings helps to solve this issue … it gives the grout something to hold on to. I would also suggest using a liquid grout additive, instead of tap water, to mix Sanded Grout for better flexibility. Finally … when the grout has dried I seal the grout with grout sealer. You can find bottles of grout additive and grout sealer at many home improvement stores and tile shops. Hope that helps!

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  3. These are beautiful! I’ve been looking for the small metal looking square tiles like you show in the middle of several of your designs, but no luck. Any suggestions where to look? Thanks for the inspiration!
    TW in Wisconsin

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  4. Ok, I have the tiles, I have the switchplate and the Weldbond but I’m stuck. Your instructions say to “Glue color fast beads and/or tile around the light switch opening.” What do you use to glue the beads/tiles to the Weldbond covered switchplate?
    Thanks!

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