Monday, April 1, 2013

Covering up an Ugly Phone Jack Wall Cover & Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone! Okay, I know I'm a day late, but I'd rather celebrate Easter then April Fool's Day! :) I have an awesome project to share with you, but before I show you how I made my awesome shoebox phone jack cover....

...let me tell you a little bit about my Easter!

If you follow me on instagram you know I went to Michigan for Easter. We had a really nice time with my family up there :) Here's a couple of the non-instagram pictures of the weekend. 
 Dying Easter eggs. We had maybe a little too much fun doing these, as my little sister Kayla decided to peel eggs and then color them...and then we also colored a dozen non-hard boiled eggs because we finished the boiled ones but then weren't quite ready to be done!

 And here we are all dressed up for church. (I'm wearing my new dress) He is risen! How awesome is it that our Savior died for us and then conquered death as well! Gets me excited, our God is awesome!

Amidst all of the Easter fun, while I was at my parents house I wanted to do some sort of fun crafty project, so when I saw their ugly, unused phone jack on the wall the wheels in my head started spinning (what a weird phrase, right?) 
Ugly phone jack that needs a cover!
Phone jacks are tricky to cover up because they aren't flat so you can't just stick a picture over them. And as far as I know, you can't just rip them out of the wall (but I'm not a electrician or someone who would know better) so I kept thinking of another way that might work.
 At first, I thought a small canvas might cover it up, but my mom didn't have one of those lying around. But - she did have shoeboxes and their lids! I don't even know how I thought of using a shoebox, but I'm quite proud of this creative mind God gave me :)
Cover a phone jack with a shoebox

Anyway, so I stuck a shoebox lid on top of the phone jack. It fits! An easy solution to an ugly phone jack on the wall!
Phone Jack Wall Cover
I spray painted the sides of the shoebox black. Added scrapbook paper and distressed the edges with a black stamp so the paper would look like it belonged.
Shoebox Wall Phone Jack Cover
 I tied a ribbon around the middle, but couldn't have the ribbon go all the way around the shoebox, because then it wouldn't fit around the phone jack, so I cut the ribbon in half and hot glued each half to the inside of the shoebox before tying it into a bow. 

My mom had vellum quotes, so I picked one out and glued it on. 
encourage each other - shoebox wall canvas

Also added some scrapbook paper to a clothespin. I added our Save the Date (from 2 years ago!) to the clothespin because my mom still had it on the fridge and it was the right size :) The best part about using a clothespin is that the picture is easily switched out. I even changed the picture before I left to one of my other two sisters, this corner was a little too much "Brie!"
Shoebox Phone Jack Cover

Hope you enjoy it Mom! :) So much cuter than an nonfunctional phone jack cover!!
How to cover or hide a phone jack wall outlet 
Do you have an unused phone jack that needs some covering up? Or have you covered up one another way? Hope this gave you an idea!!


  1. You're wearing your new dress! It's so cute! Anyway, Happy Easter!

    I love your phone jack cover idea! We have one in our kitchen that I want to take out or cover up. I'm hoping that I can just have it taken out and fill it in once I finally tile my backsplash. If not, I'm going to make one of these to cover it!

    1. Yes I am! Thanks for noticing :) It was the first "real" time I wore it. Not going to lie - totally just wore it for the pictures last time!

      I hope you can get it taken out! I'm sure you could, but if not at least you can have an easy back-up (or cover-up) plan!

  2. That is such a clever idea! I'll have to make note if I ever move as those things totally bug me!

  3. I love this idea, especially since our jacks are rendered useless because we don't have a home phone. Genius, just genius! We'll be featuring this at Someday Crafts tomorrow, so come by and visit if you have a minute!

    1. Thanks! :) And thanks also for the feature, I'll definitely stop by

  4. This is so creative, I love this idea!

  5. How cute is this ?!?!?!? I have a phone jack on one of my walls that is the bane of my existence! It's prominent, it's ugly and I don't know what in the world the people who owned this home before us were thinking! Now I know what to do with it! It's the perfect size and will sit at the perfect place from the edge of the door trim and I have some other "wall things" that can go along for a wall vignette! Thank you for a great inexpensive, very classy idea!

    1. Yay! I'm so excited for you...and me! :) This is why I blog, to inspire others!!! If you can send me a picture, I would love to see it when it's finished!

  6. First, I love the color of your hair.
    Second, that's a wonderful idea. It's inexpensive and so easy to do! :D I do, regret, however, throwing away shoe boxes!

    xo Kisty
    New Post: Heatless Curls / Mermaid Hair Tutorial

    1. Well then you have a good reason to go out and buy new shoes!!! Thanks :)

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  8. Oh.My.Gosh! Love this!
    Great blog here so excited to follow along!
    Your newest fan,

  9. Best idea ever! I have one that is driving me crazy!

  10. gorgeous photographs :D also another great idea to cover up that phone jack :D xx

  11. Awesome idea!! We have almost the exact same setup and I hate the eyesore that is our unused phone jack! This idea is perfect!! Thanks so much for sharing!!


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