Repurposed Ceiling Fan Blade Art

I’m at it again! Recycling any surface to paint on! We took down an old ceiling fan that not only wasn’t working any longer but also something that needed to be repurposed. I looked on Pinterest to see what I could do with the ceiling fan blades that my husband had so graciously taken apart. I saved these in my closet and thought about how I could use them. Tough to convince non-art people that this is not a hoarding issue…lol.  After unsuccessfully looking on Pinterest to see how to repurpose these blades, I thought to myself, “Wait, I’m the person that creates posts not pins onto Pinterest!”

Supplies you’ll need for this project:

  • Old ceiling fan blades (doesn’t matter the color or shape)
  • Gesso (lots of gess0)
  • Acrylic white paint
  • Acrylic paints for your painting idea
  • Any type of paint brush
  • Twine
  • Pencil and eraser

Let’s get real here people, this project is for the die-hard artist who really wants to create. I always begin my project with thinking of the image in my mind before I go and research. Once I’ve decided, hey, I”m doing “X” then I can either research an image online or just go for it!

One (wo)man's trash is another (wo)man's treasure!

One (wo)man’s trash is another (wo)man’s treasure!

Step 1

Clean off the ceiling fan blade with soapy paper towel. Dry with more paper towels and get your palette full of gesso primer. I use a large brush or a large sponge brush so that we don’t have to spend too much time layers the gesso with tiny brush. Next I place down some paper towels or newspaper so I don’t mess up the table. I know most of us are using our nice dining table or kitchen table. Now, let’s paint the gesso onto the ceiling fan blade. Go slow, try not to lump the paint on…thin layers can dry quickly with a hair dryer on low. The gesso is your primer so that you don’t see the yucky blade color and also so that your acrylic paint adheres better onto the surface.

Step 2

Once you gesso both sides (oh yeah, we do suggest doing both sides since you never know if you decide to go for extra credit and do a double-sided project) now is the time to get a clean brush and paint a white coating of acrylic onto the blade. Upon drying, the blade is now ready to be painted.

Step 3

Here is where you may decide to do your own idea. I had decided that I had so much leftover paint I needed to continue doing a dab pattern and using all the colors I had on a plate. As you can see on the finished project, I left the middle plain so that I could write a nice quote. I used my pencil to sketch the quote and if I made a mistake, I could easily erase the wording without damaging the paint.

Step 4

If you prefer, you can now turn the blade on the other side and paint it either with a solid color or a second painting. Some people prefer to sign and date on the backside.

Step 5

I painted the quote and let it dry. Now, I can use three large lengths of twine to begin braiding. I will use this braided cord to hang my blade. Use a regular hot glue gun and position the braid on the back side. Make sure it’s even and place a large glob of glue to hold it in place. Do not move this for at least a few minutes. Ta-da, another masterpiece!

Notice the braided twine and detailed lettering

Notice the braided twine and detailed lettering

 

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Repurposed Ceiling Fan Blade Art

I’m at it again! Recycling any surface to paint on! We took down an old ceiling fan that not only wasn’t working any longer but also something that needed to be repurposed. I looked on Pinterest to see what I could do with the ceiling fan blades that my husband had so graciously taken apart. I saved these in my closet and thought about how I could use them. Tough to convince non-art people that this is not a hoarding issue…lol.  After unsuccessfully looking on Pinterest to see how to repurpose these blades, I thought to myself, “Wait, I’m the person that creates posts not pins onto Pinterest!”

Supplies you’ll need for this project:

  • Old ceiling fan blades (doesn’t matter the color or shape)
  • Gesso (lots of gess0)
  • Acrylic white paint
  • Acrylic paints for your painting idea
  • Any type of paint brush
  • Twine
  • Pencil and eraser

Let’s get real here people, this project is for the die-hard artist who really wants to create. I always begin my project with thinking of the image in my mind before I go and research. Once I’ve decided, hey, I”m doing “X” then I can either research an image online or just go for it!

One (wo)man's trash is another (wo)man's treasure!

One (wo)man’s trash is another (wo)man’s treasure!

Step 1

Clean off the ceiling fan blade with soapy paper towel. Dry with more paper towels and get your palette full of gesso primer. I use a large brush or a large sponge brush so that we don’t have to spend too much time layers the gesso with tiny brush. Next I place down some paper towels or newspaper so I don’t mess up the table. I know most of us are using our nice dining table or kitchen table. Now, let’s paint the gesso onto the ceiling fan blade. Go slow, try not to lump the paint on…thin layers can dry quickly with a hair dryer on low. The gesso is your primer so that you don’t see the yucky blade color and also so that your acrylic paint adheres better onto the surface.

Step 2

Once you gesso both sides (oh yeah, we do suggest doing both sides since you never know if you decide to go for extra credit and do a double-sided project) now is the time to get a clean brush and paint a white coating of acrylic onto the blade. Upon drying, the blade is now ready to be painted.

Step 3

Here is where you may decide to do your own idea. I had decided that I had so much leftover paint I needed to continue doing a dab pattern and using all the colors I had on a plate. As you can see on the finished project, I left the middle plain so that I could write a nice quote. I used my pencil to sketch the quote and if I made a mistake, I could easily erase the wording without damaging the paint.

Step 4

If you prefer, you can now turn the blade on the other side and paint it either with a solid color or a second painting. Some people prefer to sign and date on the backside.

Step 5

I painted the quote and let it dry. Now, I can use three large lengths of twine to begin braiding. I will use this braided cord to hang my blade. Use a regular hot glue gun and position the braid on the back side. Make sure it’s even and place a large glob of glue to hold it in place. Do not move this for at least a few minutes. Ta-da, another masterpiece!

Notice the braided twine and detailed lettering

Notice the braided twine and detailed lettering

 

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