Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Rooty "TUTE" Tuesday - Mod Podge Ceiling Fan

Thanks to Amy, over at Mod Podge Rocks, for featuring my Mod Podge Ceiling Fan...go check her blog out here!




I can honestly say that, as far as I know, I came up with this idea all on my own! That really is a lot to be said since most of the time I can't take complete credit for anything! Usually I see a cute idea and copy it and make it my own. But, THIS FAN!! I think maybe I might have, could have, hopefully did really come up with this all by myself (notice my still lacking confidence). So, when we were finishing our basement and finishing up projects in my favorite room in the house, my hubby was installing a ceiling fan. As he was about to put the blades on the whole fan base part, a light bulb went off in my head! I asked him "would it hurt the fan or start it on fire if I added some fabric or paper or something to those blades?". He thought I was crazy, but couldn't think of a reason why it should mess anything up. So, I delayed him from finishing his installation so I could snazzy-up those fan blades. Here's what I did:

Materials needed: paper (I used scrapbook paper and needed one 12"x12" piece for each fan blade), mod podge (I used Matte finish), hole punch, sponge brush (the cheap-o ones at Michael's Craft store)


1.) If you are using scrapbook paper (12"x12") cut in in half and tape it together end to end to make it long enough. Make sure whatever the print on the paper is, that you are able to match it up pretty good so you can't see the line. Wrapping paper may work well b/c you won't have to piece it together.

2.) Lay fan blade face-down on back of paper.

3.) Trace around fan blade and also trace inside the holes where it will be attached to the rest of the fan later.

4.) Cut out fan blade shape from paper. Check your fan and see if the edge is curved a little, if so, cut out shape a bit inside the lines.

5.) With paper punch, punch out holes that will be used to screw blades onto fan. I used this scrapbooking punch:

6.) Wipe down surface of fan blade and spread on a thin layer of Mod Podge or watered down white glue.

7.) Lay down paper on fan blade making sure to line up all edges and punched holes just right. Smooth out all bubbles or wrinkles (I did not do this well, you can learn from my mistake :) Let dry 20-30 mins.

8.) If needed, trim excess paper from around fan blade with Exacto knife.

9.) Coat the top of the blade with the paper on it with Mod Podge. Make sure to do the edges and holes too.

10.) Let dry.

11.) Do a few more coats of Mod Podge, making sure to let dry thoroughly in between coats.

12.) Once they're all dry, go attach the blades to your ceiling fan and see how it livens up the room...so fun!


I can only imagine how fun this could be to tie in your ceiling fan with the room decor! It could be spunky or subdued, sparkly or subtle....so many possibilities!

24 comments:

Candice said...

I'm over here from Amy's blog and am loving the oh so creative fan treatment! :)

Lo said...

That is absolutely 100% the COOLEST thing I have EVER seen mod podged!!! Truely amazing Great job!!!

linda said...

Way to go! looks fabulous!

Linds@ THAT'S SO CUEGLY said...

GET.OUT. Too much! Too much! I cant wait to have my OWN HOME so that this falls into place! Congrats on NEW IDEA!

Mary said...

The fan might just be my favorite thing in the room, which is a room full of fun stuff! Great job!

audrey said...

This is an awesome idea! Thank you!

Megan said...

what a great idea! thanks for sharing!

Robyn/Lauren said...

This is a spectacular idea! I can't wait to give this a whirl!

the mama monster said...

as i was lying on the ground in my boys room the other day i was thinking that their fan was ugly and i was thinking " maybe i can modge podge " great minds think alike! great tutorial!

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Zimms Zoo said...

Oh this is so wonderful! I have been trying to find a way to spiff up the girls room without to much cost. Thanks for the wonderful idea!

Sarah said...

I absolutely love the paper that you chose! Can you tell me where you got it or what brand it is. I modge podged some canvas with scrapbook paper for my DD's room because I loved the print so much and I LOVE the print you found too!

Terry said...

I was planning on just spray painting my ceiling fans but now I'm thinking I need to do more than that now! Great idea!

Life in Rehab said...

I was looking for a way to rehab a ceiling fan. I LOVE you!

Amanda said...

THAT is totally and completely brilliant!!

Patty Hibble said...

Ok, yes...great minds think alike! I did this last summer, using scrapbook paper, for our kitchen fan. I'm thinking about changing it this coming summer (I absolutely LOVE your paper!), and I was wondering about using fabric this time. Great job!

Brittney said...

Oh my gosh! How adorable is this. When you said wrapping paper could be used .. a light bulb went off in my head .. I have cow print wrapping paper .. as my little cowpoke said "a holstein ceiling fan"!!! Now for the mod podge.

Molly said...

I"M SOOO DOING THIS! AWESOME IDEA!

Sarah Pecorino said...

This is such a great idea! With our new home we inherited brass and fake wood grain fans. I was planing on changing out the light parts and spray painting the rest, but wasn't sure what to do with the blades. This is a perfect solution!

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How easy is it to clean now with the paper on the fan blades? Did you use a clear acrylic or gloss modgepodge afterward? Thanks.

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Staci said...

A ceiling fan has a lot of possibilities indeed! Your work is lovely. A white ceiling totally needs some prints to make the room alive. It's a great idea to put these prints on the ceiling fan blades. I just hope that the fabric was glued properly to avoid disasters when you turn on the fan.

Staci Severns @ Brooklyn Fan

Ali said...

I pinned this idea over 3 years ago and totally forgot about it until Mod Podge Rocks posted about in on their Facebook Page. I think I will try this out. Thanks for sharing the idea!

Danielle Bockenstedt said...

Patty, did you ever try it with the fabric? Was wondering how it turned out. The patter that I want to use is very hard to match up if I use paper.