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!