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‘Night & Day': Interactive light switch cover craft idea

Night and Day dimmer switch dialNight and Day dimmer switch dial Light switch cover craft idea shown attached to switch. It's displaying a daytime scene.

Lights on: Day time

Light switch cover craft idea shown attached to switch. A hand is shown turning the dimmer knob.

Lights dimmed: Sunset

Light switch cover craft idea shown attached to switch. It's displaying a night-time scene.

Lights off: Night time

My latest craft project is a bit of an oddity – in fact, I didn’t really know what to call it, the best I could come up with is ‘Night & Day: an interactive light switch cover craft’. Basically, it’s a fun cardboard attachment for a rotary dimmer switch (the ones with a round knob). When the lights are fully-on the dial displays a rural scene with the sun high in the sky, as the lights are dimmed the sun begins to set and the moon and stars begin to appear!

The inspiration for this craft came from my love of pop-up books, you know, the books where you are invited to ‘pull’, ‘turn’ and ‘open’ things. With this in mind I wondered whether there were any household items that could be given the pop-up book treatment – this is what I came up with.

Anyway, I hope you like it, it was quick to make and actually worked very well. If you’d like to make your own, download the colour artwork and follow the instructions below. Good luck!

How to make your own ‘Night & Day’ light switch cover craft

Easy to follow hand drawn instructions for making a 'Night & Day' light switch cover craft

Please note: If you have any questions, or need help, just leave me a comment and I’ll respond as quickly as I can.

Download project files›

1) Collectable instructions – stick them on the fridge
2) Colour artwork – just print them out and start making
211 downloads so far, thanks everyone!

Something similar: If you like this craft, and haven’t visited before, check out my Card/paper crafts and Focus on kids categories for other fun frivolous projects.

Something different: A couple of great craft blogs I just came across – Mini Eco and Red Ted Art. Both focussed on kids, they are definitely worth a look, go check them out.

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19 thoughts on “‘Night & Day': Interactive light switch cover craft idea

  1. AWESOME IDEA of Night & Day. I have downloaded and saved the file to use in near future. Will share a photograph with you whenever I plug-it in my room :-)
    I’m really impressed with the depth and highlights you have provided with the brilliant use of color strokes. [thumbs up]

    • Hi Deepika, Thanks for such a considered comment. I’m really pleased you have found the project files useful – I’d love to see a photo of the finished project. Cheers Scott

  2. your blog is amazing :) you have a wonderful, amazing and once again wonderful talent!! i have never seen anything so cool :)
    thank you for sharing with us :)

    • Thanks Joy – I try to post every couple of weeks, the easiest way to stay in touch is by subscribing. All the best. Scott

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