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You may have seen a fake electrical outlet and not even known that you had. The first one I saw was a sticker on the wall of an airport. I saw someone walk up, get out their laptop, and tried to plug it in. They walked away to find a real electrical outlet. I inspected the sticker and saw that it was very real looking, even up close. I did a search on the internet and found that there are many different types of these fake outlet stickers being sold. They are marketed as practical jokes. There are even some stick on 3D versions that look like the real thing. I thought I would make a few magnetic versions to share with friends.

It doesn't cost much for the materials and is pretty easy to do. I will show you how I made mine and give you some ideas to make your own.

Step 1: Be Careful

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You will be working with hot glue, sharp tools, and flying pieces of plastic. Wear safety glasses and gloves. Be careful. An injury from this project would be an embarrassing conversation: "Hey how did you hurt your hand?" "Oh this....I was making a fake electrical outlet."

TomO147 months ago
You could make a small wall safe with this fake plate, too
DanC66 TomO147 months ago
That's exactly what I thought!
I hate practical jokes, but I do like clever ways to keep my valuables safe and sound.
CHARLESCRANFORD (author)  TomO147 months ago
I guess you could put some money behind it. Cool idea. Thank you for the comment.
I think Ill make one to put on the inside of a public swiming pool...
Hahah, you rule! :D
Need to be a GFCI, 'coz it is near the water
(It is a joke, I know it is not going to be a real one...)
CHARLESCRANFORD (author)  liquidhandwash7 months ago
Brilliant! You might have to use some strong, waterproof, double sided tape instead of magnets. If you could get it on the bottom, it would be hard to see from the surface, but someone swimming laps would see it. We did this with a fake skeleton for Halloween, at an indoor pool I life guarded. The swimmers' reactions were priceless.
RumpelS7 months ago
Why do they put fake electrical outlets in an airport ??
CHARLESCRANFORD (author)  RumpelS7 months ago
As a practical joke. If you have a layover and nothing to do, you could watch people trying to plug stuff up. The opposite of this joke is to take a power strip so that instead of two people being able to use the outlet, several could. Thank you for the question.
As a practial joke.
mattcintosh7 months ago
I had an old outlet, faceplate, single gang metal box and a few feet of romex. I thought about putting a single nail into a wooden light pole from the inside to hold the box on, and run the romex out a knockout hole along the pole to about 4 inches into the dirt at the base.

better yet, use one of the outlets to run one of those $2 extension cords to my car to make it look like i'm actually using it to charge my battery or use the headbolt heater
CHARLESCRANFORD (author)  mattcintosh7 months ago
If you do it, take pictures. Or take video of people reacting. What a great idea.
Intensescroot7 months ago
I made one with a box made of 1/4’ repurposed wood paneling on the back, cut a hole in the wall in an unused room and slid it in to use as a secret stash for extra money and valuables.
CHARLESCRANFORD (author)  Intensescroot7 months ago
I have seen a few different Instructables that do something similar. Thank you for the comment.
Aaaecm7 months ago
I ran into versions of this while geocaching. The best ones looked like electrical outlets. Sometimes they just used a blank cover plate. I recently moved to another part of the country. You have inspired me to make a few geocaches of my own. They would also make excellent dead drops. Thanks.
CHARLESCRANFORD (author)  Aaaecm7 months ago
Cool Idea. You would probably want to cover the holes with something, to keep out moisture. I intentionally tried to keep the hot glue out of the holes, so that it would not look fake, but you could put hot glue in the holes, to seal them. Thank you for the comment.
Georgejb757 months ago
Great practical joke, and the fact that you've entered it into the faux-real contest is just even more awesome. You've certainly got my vote!
CHARLESCRANFORD (author)  Georgejb757 months ago
Thank you for the comment and the vote.
FamilyF47 months ago
Thanks! A gentler prank than fake bullet holes...
CHARLESCRANFORD (author)  FamilyF47 months ago
Thank you. My Mom got me some fake bullet holes, as a gag gift. I think the brand was Bubba Bullet Holes.
BenM2517 months ago
This is hilarious, well done!
CHARLESCRANFORD (author)  BenM2517 months ago
Thank you. It is pretty cheap also.
ggallen1037 months ago
be careful if you put it on a car, if someone tries to plug something in and the outlet slides, you will have 3 nice scratches in the paint where the metal bits of the plug come through. But funny.
CHARLESCRANFORD (author)  ggallen1037 months ago
I would be more worried about it flying off. And a few more scratches on my old car would just blend in with the rest. Thank you for your comment.
kylegilbert7 months ago
Funny! Love this idea.
CHARLESCRANFORD (author)  kylegilbert7 months ago
Thank you for the comment.,
Awesome job! I've seen stickers of outlets people stuck on the wall at the airport, but never something as realistic as this :D
CHARLESCRANFORD (author)  Penolopy Bulnick7 months ago
Thank you. There are a couple of 3D fake outlet stickers on Amazon, but no magnetic versions. And why buy something you could make, for less money.