It’s officially fall now, so what better time to show you how to make a scarecrow ceiling fan blade. It’s the perfect DIY upcycled fall craft that you can have fun making and express your creativity!
SCARECROW CEILING FAN BLADE
WHAT CAN YOU MAKE WITH OLD FAN BLADES?
If you’ve seen the old ceiling fan blades while thrifting then you’ve probably wondered what you can make using fan blades.
There’s lots of fun ideas other than scarecrows, such as, characters with faces, painted scenes, and yard art fan blades. See a few examples below:
- painted scenes
- welcome sign
- chalk board
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SUPPLIES NEEDED TO MAKE THE SCARECROW:
- thrifted ceiling fan blade
- burlap fabric
- denim fabric
- 2 patterned fat quarter fabrics
- faux sunflower
- Surebonder glue gun (my favorite)
- Fiskars scissors (my favorite)
- Fiskars pinking shears
- artist paint brushes
- foam brush (optional)
- craft paint – orange, peach, white, blue, black
- black craft paint or Sharpie marker
- orange buttons
HOW TO DECORATE A FAN BLADE
MAKE SCARECROW PATTERNS
Make a pattern for the denim bottom portion of the fan blade. I use white stock paper to trace around the blade. I used the template to trace the pattern on the back side of the denim fabric, then cut out the traced markings.
Cut out a piece of burlap fabric that will wrap around the entire top portion of the fan blade. This eventually will become the hat.
Use hot glue along the edges of the denim fabric pattern and place into position. Leave about an inch at the top of the denim that is not glued down.
I waited to glue the burlap hat on until I was finished painting the face base coat just in case the placement needed to be adjusted.
PREPARE THE FACE AREA
Fold back the unglued portion of the denim pattern and move the burlap fabric up a bit. Cover those ends with plastic wrap or paper to prevent face paint accidentally get on the fabric. You may need to place something with weight on top of those areas.
Mark with a pencil the face section that will be painted. Two coats will be needed for the face color.
GLUE HAT AND ADD RAFFIA
Determine the placement of your burlap hat. Turn the fan blade over and hot glue the vertical edges of the burlap together.
Carefully lift up the bottom of the hat and place some hot glue at the temple area. Then bunch some raffia together and stick into the glue. Do the same thing for each side of the neck area.
I lightly stuffed some raffia inside the hat, also. Insert it through the top of the hat. Pull burlap pieces at the top of hat to create a fringy look. Now, hot glue the top of the hat together.
PAINT THE SCARECROW FACE
Using a pencil, lightly draw facial features onto the face. Paint the features using an artist brush. I shaded the nose a bit, but that’s optional.
PREPARE FABRIC PIECES FOR THE HAT
From the two patterned fabric pieces, you will need to tear long strips that will eventually be tied around the scarecrow neck. Use scissors to snip at the fabric edge and then rip apart along each slit.
I used pinking shears to cut anywhere the fabric looked too perfect including the ends.
Cut about a 1-inch strip from one of the cotton patterned fabrics that will be long enough to surround the burlap hat.
Also, cut a long piece of burlap that will be used to make a pleated hat brim.
IMPORTANT TIP: Cut a burlap piece much, much longer than you think you need so you don’t have to join 2 sections together like I did.
MAKE THE BURLAP HAT BRIM
This is the most tedious part of making the scarecrow. You’re going to be pleating the burlap fabric.
Pull some of the burlap weave from the strip to create a fringe look.
Glue the burlap end down on one side of the hat. Try to get as close to the side as possible.
From the glued down end, start by making your first pleat, glue it in place, make a pleat, glue it in place, and continue like so until you’ve reach the other side of the hat.
IMPORTANT TIP: Make sure your brim is in the correct placement and not too high up like mine was. I ended up having to glue in a second pleated section underneath the top one.
FRINGE THE RAFFIA
Peel apart each raffia end, peeling up as far as you can. This will create a fringy look.
ATTACH THE HAT TRIM AND THE SUNFLOWER
Position the patterned fabric trim to cover the top of the pleated brim. Wrap the trim around to the back of the fan blade. Use hot glue on the back side to join the trim.
Pull off the plastic green pieces that are under the sunflower. You may need to snip it off. Use hot glue to attach the flower to the hat.
MAKE THE NECK TIE
Gather the torn fabric strips together making sure they’ll be at varying lengths. Tie around the neck area and to one side. Use hot glue to attach the tied knot to the neck.
MAKE THE BUTTON PATCH
Cut a square or rectangle piece of patterned fabric using pinking shears. Hot glue the patch onto the denim.
I used some leftover burlap pieces that were pulled off at the top of hat to weave through the button holes. I then tied the ends together. Hot glue the buttons on the patch.
Whew, that sure was a long tutorial, but I think the end result is worth all the steps it takes to make my scarecrow ceiling fan blade! Let me know what you think about my upcycled fan blade in the comment section below.
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