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December 12, 2019

DIY Fan Blade Santa

By Corina Patterson

Can you believe it’s already December? This time of year decorating rules the day as we try to deck the halls in style! We’re always looking for new ideas, and any item that we can turn into a holiday decoration is an added bonus! Plus, this Charlotte ReStore DIY is perfect for a family for group since there are 5 blades on a fan!

Special thanks to our friends at Exquisitely Unremarkable for the how-to steps and images for this Santa craft. We hope that by the end of this blog you will be a “fan” of transforming a traditional ceiling fan blade into a decorative Santa!

To begin this holiday craft, first visit the Charlotte Region ReStore closest to you! The ReStore has many gently-used ceiling fans for sale as low as $25! Once you have your fan, start gathering your materials. This project only requires a few things:

  • screwdriver
  • marker or pencil
  • primer
  • paint
  • paintbrush

Next, gather your friends and family to start creating your santa-themed fan blade decor!

Step 1: Use your screwdriver to remove the hardware from your fan blade. This will give you a nice clean surface to start with.

Step 2: Before you apply the paint, add a layer of primer to the blade. If you don’t have primer, I would add a few base coats of white paint. Now it’s time for the fun part!

Step 3: Use your pencil to sketch jolly ol’ St. Nick onto the fan blade. Not sure how to draw him? No worries! We all have different ideas of what Santa looks like, so no matter what you design it will be unique and special to you. We picture Santa with a long beard, red circular cheeks, glasses, and a twinkle in his eye. This is your time to be creative and have fun designing your Santa to match the image you see in your imagination.

Step 4: Now that you’re done with the sketch, it’s time to fill it in with paint! Begin with painting the eyes, then fill in the color of the face and cheeks. Lastly, you will want to paint the beard, mustache, hair and fur on the Santa hat. It will be easier to fill in the white once your face color is dry.

Step 5: Finally, the hardest part of any project — being patient to let the paint dry! Once he’s dry, feel free to add more decorations to him — glue some mistletoe, add a little fabric to make a scarf — the options are endless! Insert picture wire or twine into the holes where the fan bracket was once located so you can hang your Santa!

Hang your Santa fan on the front door, a bedroom or bathroom door, even on the wall! Who knew that the ceiling fan that keeps you cool at night could now be a jolly Santa that greets you at the door?

Happy Holidays from your friends at the Charlotte ReStore!

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