Decorating Ceiling Fan Blades


Have a ceiling fan in your house? Is it a little boring? If so, think about decorating the blades. It will bring added color and artwork into your home and give you a project or hobby. It will also save you money to do it yourself, rather than paying an interior decorator or artist. You can even turn it into a family event, having each member participate in some small way.

Things You'll Need

  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Stencils
  • Newspaper
  • Pencil or pen
  • Sketch pad
  • Go to a home improvement store. It will have a wide array of ceiling blade fans, as well as paints and stencils for you to use in decorating. If you are replacing your ceiling fans entirely, select a size, style, color and blade material. Most home improvement stores offer a variety of options including wood, rattan, plastic and wicker ceiling fan blades. Be sure to also buy a top coat for the blade once you are done painting, to protect it.

  • Decide if you want this to be simple decorations on the blades or more complex. If you want it to be simple, select one or two paint colors and buy paintbrushes. Be sure to get at least one thick and one thin paint brush so you have more options in terms of how to decorate. If you want a more complicated decorating scheme, buy a couple more paints as well as some stencils.

  • Lay out each blade on the floor. You should first have a sketch on paper or a design in your head before you start decorating the blades. Lay out several layers of newspaper underneath the area you will paint. Put on some old clothes.

  • Take a pencil or a pen to lightly draw in the design outlines on your ceiling fan blade. Then fill in the designs with each color of paint that you have bought. Let the paint dry. If you want to use the stencil, place it on the blade and paint around the edges. Again, allow the paint to dry.

  • Repeat Step 4 with each different blade. While the paint is drying, clean the brushes. Using a clean brush, paint the top coat over the entire blade to seal in the decorations. Allow this to dry overnight.

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