Do you love Nintendo? Does your child love Nintendo? I have a little boy that loves these things and so does his best friend. My son’s best friend’s mom is my best friend and she asked for my help making over their playroom which included making a Nintendo Switch Frame DIY for the TV.
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First thing to note is we started with a 42in plasma tv with a thick black frame already around the screen. This meant we didn’t have to add this to the build, so keep that in mind if you want to recreate the same Nintendo Switch Frame DIY. You measurements will also vary depending on your TV size.
Materials For A DIY Nintendo Switch Frame
- 2-1in x 12in x 8ft edge glued panels
- Red Paint
- Blue Paint
- Cricut (this is to cut the vinyl for the controller buttons)
- White Adhesive Vinyl
- Black Adhesive Vinyl
- Circular Saw
- Foam Rollers
- Paint Brush
- Black Spray Paint
- Wood Screws
- Hot Glue
- Hot Glue Gun
- Drill (this is the drill and driver combo that I have and It’s so so good!)
- Sand Paper
- Floral Foam Circles
- Kitchen knife to cut the foam
How To Make A DIY Nintendo Switch TV Frame
Here are the steps to make your own Nintendo Switch TV Frame:
Step 1-Cut Your Wood
First step is to cut the wood to size and then shape your side panels. The switch joycons are what we are mimicking. I also want these large joycons to be functional so I am adding shelves in between the front and back of the joycon panels.
The two sides will be the same shape, just mirrored, so the four cuts are identical. First, draw curves on the edges before starting to cut. Then take a circular saw and cut the panel to size and trim off the very edge of the panel to have a clean edge.
Use a jigsaw to cut the rounded corners for all 8 sides, 4 panels total.
Sand all the edges smooth. Next I cut the shelves, I cut shelves to be 3in wide and as long as the joycon panel which was about 10in wide. There are 2 shelves on each side so I cut 4 of the same size shelves. This will make one storage compartment between the panels on each side of the tv.
Step 2-Assemble Your Joycons
Next it is time to assemble the joycons. That sounds like something out of Avengers or Transformers: “ASSEMBLE THE JOYCONS!” Ehh. Don’t mind me, moving on.
This is the controller part of your nintendo switch frame diy. To put together the joycon side panels, you can take two approaches.
I measured about 3 inches down from the top corner of the joycon side panel. This gave me the placement for my shelf and then I repeated that from the bottom corner for the bottom shelf.
Turn the 3in x 10in shelf vertically so the thin edge of the longer side of the shelf butts agains the width part of the side panel. Screw the pieces of wood together with wood screws from the outside of the joycon side panel. Repeat for the second shelf on the bottom.
Take the second joycon panel and screw into the shelf for the other side so you have something that resembles the picture above. Repeat this for the other side. Make sure the front and back line up.
I did this back in the days before I knew about pocket holes or owned a kreg jig. If you own one, feel free to attach the shelves with pocket holes and pocket hole screws.
The paint is what really started to transform this project. It’s hard to get the perfect paint colors for this project, but I think I have come up with the perfect match. I found this Lagoon Blue spray paint from Krylon and had it color matched and lightened by 50%.
For the red paint, we actually used an orange paint color from Valspar called Blazed Orange, which was the perfect red, orange, salmony pinkish color. We painted the two sides, one side blue, one side red with the foam rollers. To get in the hard to reach areas, I used my favorite wooster paint brush.
Step 4-Make The Buttons!
Next to make was the buttons. I took some round floral foam which was the perfect size for the two larger buttons. For the other 9 buttons, I cut smaller buttons from the same floral foam.
The buttons on the switch are black. Black spray paint again to the rescue! Spray the buttons and let them dry before moving onto the next step.
Step 5-Make The X, Y, A, B, +, – and Arrows Out Of Vinyl
Once the buttons are dry, let’s make them look like they do something! The switch has a plus and minus button at the top as well as a home button with a house.
I cut those out with black adhesive vinyl on my cricut. On the black buttons in white there are arrows and letters. These I cut out in white adhesive vinyl from the cricut as well.
Stick them on the buttons ready to hot glue to the side panels.
Step 6-Attach Side Panels To The Wall
The last step is to attach the joycon side panels to the wall. You can do this in a number of ways such as with a metal french cleat. Another option is attaching an anchor to the wall, securing it to a stud and screwing the joycon panels to that anchor.
The method we used was finding studs on either side of the TV and drilling a 2 in wood screw straight into the stud through the back of the joycon side panel.
If you don’t hit a stud, use some drywall anchors.
That’s it! This was a very easy DIY that made a little boy very happy. I can’t believe how much this looks like a Giant Nintendo Switch!