While I’ve repurposed my fair share of ceiling fan blades, I still have a few more projects up my sleeves when it comes to these flying fans, especially since we recently replaced the ceiling fan in the master bedroom. This white ceiling fan blade is one of the appendages from the fixture. In this post I’ll be sharing How to Repurpose a Ceiling Fan Blade into Easter Wall Art.
I’ve been thinking about these fan blades, trying to think what else I could do with them. I turned the blades around in my mind until inspiration hit and I realized that part of the blade looked like an egg. Do you see it? I thought I could use the broader part of the fan blade as an egg shell cup, and then fill the egg shell cup with a little baby chick.
As I was figuring out how to cut the egg shape out of the fan blade, I was also trying to figure out what I would use as a baby chick. I thought of a fabric baby chick or a paper one, then it struck me, the other end of the ceiling fan blade looks like a little chick head. So then all that was left to do, was get cracking on putting the ends together to make some cute Easter décor, pun intended. 😉
The First Steps: Cutting, Filling and Sanding
The first thing I did was take off the gold hardware. I drew some jagged lines on the broader end of the fan blade. After I had the lines drawn, I used a utility knife to cut the egg shell out. I scored the lines several times with the utility knife and when it was scored sufficiently, I bent the end of the fan blade and it broke along the score lines.
It was jagged and imperfect, just like a real egg, and that was what I was hoping for. Before painting it, I did take some sandpaper over the entire piece, including the edges to smooth out the leftover barbs from where the “shell” broke.
After the egg shell was cut I measured it against the narrow end of the ceiling fan blade to see how big the chick’s head should be. Then I drew the line where I wanted to cut it.
After the narrow end was cut on the miter saw, I filled in the holes with wood filler, where the hardware used to be. Once it was dry I sanded the excess off for a smooth finish. This is also when I sanded the shell part.
Painting the Pieces and Putting it Together
I painted the egg shell an off white color and the chick a mustard yellow color. The egg shell and the chick were then hot glued together, and I painted a simple face on the chick.
To make a little sprig of hair on the chick, I dipped an old stencil brush in some yellow paint and let it dry out in the bristles. After the yellow paint-dipped bristles were dried, I cut the bristles off and hot glued them onto the back of the chick head to make hair.
The chick and egg were all finished and just needed to be mounted onto a surface, I chose a board from an old fence. I designed this “Happy Easter” stencil and cut it on my Cricut. The SVG & JPEG Happy Easter cut file is available in my cut file resource library, which is an email subscriber bonus.
The board was sanded, stenciled and sealed with wax.
The chick and egg piece was then hot glued onto the wooden sign. I crocheted some jute twine to use as a hanger. I attached the jute twine by nailing it onto the back of the sign, and it was all ready to display.
All Finished and Ready to Display
What do you think of this Easter Sign? How do you decorate for Easter?
Wishing you all a very Happy Easter!
p.s. Oh I almost forgot, I have another project planned for the middle of this fan blade, so stay tuned. 🙂
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A little about the stencil and printable designs on Repurposing Junkie:
I started using stencils on furniture in 2015. I had given a white table a makeover, and painted it orange to be an accent table in the living room. Even with the bright color, the table was missing something. I applied a stencil that I had bought at one of my favorite craft stores to the table to give it that something extra and sure enough it really made the table stand out.
After seeing the transformation the table took by adding the stenciled flowers, I was hooked on stenciling. I loved how adding just a bit of detail made the piece stand out and took it to a whole new level. Adding this detail and seeing the results was all I needed to be convinced that stenciling was the way to go, and thus began my love for all things stencil.
I love how a stencil design can add detail and beauty to furniture,wall art, clothes, mugs and other accessories, walls, floors and so many other things. It’s fantastic how easy it is to make something beautiful become exquisite and eye catching just by adding a stencil overlay.
After stenciling for a while, I started designing my own stencils in 2016 to cut on my awesome Cricut Explore. It took some time and learning but it was so rewarding being able to cut my own custom designs right in my home.
I went on to write some tutorials on cutting stencils using the Cricut machine:
–How to Make Extra Large Stencil Oversize Stencils in Cricut Design Space Using the Meeting and Overlapping Methods
I also wrote a few tutorials on designing your own stencils and the tools needed to create and make stencils using the Cricut:
Creating Stencil and Printable Designs:
After getting comfortable with cutting stencils on the Cricut and learning how to create my own stencil designs, I began offering stencil cut files for free on my blog and in my Etsy shop. I have since closed up my Etsy shop and opened a new shop, that offers a variety of cut files that can be made into stencils.
In my shop, I offer wall stencil cut files, and border stencil cut files, both of which are great for wall and furniture embellishments. I also have a lot of monogram/alphabet stencil cut files for personalization projects. Plus lots more stencil cut file designs to check out in my shop, and plenty more to come.
I design all the stencil cut files and printables that I offer on my blog, and in my shop, using my own hand drawn elements, or fonts that can be found on my resource page, or a combination of both.
I have found a passion for design and strive to create unique and fun designs that can be used in a variety of settings, such as home decor, furniture, wall art, fashion design, accessory items, and so much more. My eye has always been drawn to the details, patterns, and embellishments in such things as home decor and clothing, so it’s a real joy for me to become part of the design process of such things.
Stencils are a great and easy way to add that something special to a piece whether it’s repurposed furniture or wall art or a brand new canvas or wall.
I share on my blog how I’ve transformed several repurposed pieces using stencils:
You can check out the stenciled projects here. I usually add stencils to furniture and wall art pieces. Some of my favorite stencil projects include refinishing a curbside table, upcycling a piece of canvas wall art, and making an extra large stenciled wall art piece, just to name a few of my favorite stencil projects.
I also have some repurposing projects that I hope are fun and inspiring. I love taking old “junk” and turning it into something completely different:
You can check out the repurposing projects here. I have several projects using ceiling fan parts, spindles, old frames, plaques, and furniture. Some of my favorite repurposing projects are the ceiling fan blades to airplane repurpose, the angels made from hinges and spindle parts, and transforming a kitchen table using stencils, and these are just a few of my favorite repurposing projects.
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