Repurposed Fan Blades

Well well well, here we are 8 months into 2020 and basically 6 months into a pandemic. Recently, I’ve been thinking that I want to find more ways to document how different life is at the moment because one day, my kids might want to hear first-hand how much of a shit show 2020 was. I’d like to have some sort of proof. Until then, all I’ve got for you is my rambling and a post about repurposed fan blades.

To be fully honest, I started this project last year when my boyfriend decided to replace the ugly ass fan we had in our guest bedroom, so this wasn’t a 2020 project. To be fair, I thought the fan was pretty, but it really didn’t get the job done in terms of moving air, keeping you cool, or actually… just turning on in general. We decided it was time to invest in a working fan which left me with 3 old fan blades and a fun idea to pass some time.

So here’s what I did to repurposed these fan blades!

Step 1: Clean dust build up off of fan blades with some soap and water. Let air dry.

Step 2: Paint a base layer. I did white for the palm fronds and red for the UGA piece. Let air dry. Repeat 2 more times.

Step 3: For the palm fronds, I used a stencil I bought from Michael’s a few years ago. For the UGA piece, I freehanded the lettering with a pencil then colored it in with paint.

Step 4: Take some creative liberty and do whatever makes you happy! I gave the palm fronds an ombre feel to it, and for the UGA piece, I added some splashes with some white paint.

Step 5: To finish, I just took some modge podge and covered the whole fan blade to seal everything in.

So there you go! It’s a quick skeleton of what I did, but hey, I’m here to inspire, not to write novels about how to do anything (because quite frankly, I’m no expert in crafting). But I hope you enjoy these pictures of the final products!

Everyone be safe out there and wear a damn mask please!

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