I attended a craft show this weekend in which I sold covered and decorated light switch plates and journals. Last night, I sat down at my coffee table (still covered in the aftermath of my mad last minute crafting) and, on a whim, glued a small journal to the front of a light switch plate. I cut a hole through the book with a razor blade, and then drilled the screw holes. Had I been thinking clearly, I’d have only screwed the holes through the back cover, as that is the only part actually affixed to the plate – if I’d put the screws through the entire book, nobody could’ve opened it. Then, I reinforced the front cover with two layers of duct tape (on the inside), recut the switch hole, and then cut two slits through which to put a pen. I went out to a local slam poetry club with a flat-head screwdriver and secretly switched out the unisex bathroom’s switch plate with mine. By the end of the night, the journal was ten pages deep with shout-outs, signatures, and random words of advice.
The moral? No object is so mundane that it can’t be turned into practical art. Craft outside the box.