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DIY Garden Signs from Fan Blades

I know, I know, fan blade crafts are maybe a bit overdone, right? But stick with me, this is different than dragonfly’s or butterflies. I’m going to show you how to make DIY Garden Signs from Fan Blades that you can place anywhere in your garden.

DIY Garden Signs in the garden. One in a pot and two in the flowers.n

This post is sponsored by DecoArt and they’ve also generously provided a prize pack for one lucky winner. [Updated, giveaway is now closed]

Below you’ll also find links to my blogging friends where you can check out their fun projects to inspire you with cool ways to add a little fun and color into your garden.

DIY Garden Signs Supply List

Create your Fan Blade Garden Signs

Step 1: Prepare your boards or fan blades

Since these will be outside you want them to have good paint adhesion which you can achieve as follows.

  • Set up your small spray shelter on the lawn or drop cloth.
  • If using old fan blades wash, dry and lightly sand each blade.
  • If using 1×6 boards lightly sand the board until it’s smooth.
  • Give boards a few light coats of Spray Primer.
Primed fan blades laying on grass to dry.
  • When the primer’s dry it’s time to pain.
  • Stir your paint with a small stir stick until it’s well combined.
  • Give 1 or 2 coats of Picket Fence DecoArt Paint.
  • Prop fan blades up on paint sticks
DecoArt paint with stir stick.
  • Let the fan blades dry fully.
Three fan blades painted white propped on paint sticks.

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Step 2: Stencil your boards

  • Choose your stencil and the placement you want for each board.
  • Lightly spray the back of the stencil with spray adhesive (if using)
    • or tape in place with painter’s tape.
  • Position stencil on fan blade and press in place.
Bloom and Grow Stencil taped to fan blade.
  • Dab the stencil stippler into some paint squeezed onto a paper plate.
  • Then dab off most of the paint. You want a dry brush and build in layers.
  • Dab lightly around the edges of the stencil. The lighter the paint the less chance of bleeding under.
  • Reload and dab off the paint from the stencil and add more to your design as necessary.
Raspberry Red paint being stenciled onto letter B with foam stippler.

Keep working following the above steps switching colors to match the stencil design you’re going for.

Make Corrections and Add Details

Step 3: Make necessary corrections

If you find that you have some paint bleed where you don’t want it (or you move the stencil and it smears) you can easily clean it up. Just use some of the background color and a craft brush to “correct” the bleed areas.

Collage of three pictures showing steps to correct paint bleed under stencil.

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I was about to throw in the towel because I made a real mess of what I’m calling my Fan Blade Welcome Sign. I had definitely colored outside the lines. Thankfully it cleaned up nicely.

Just remember, you won’t be looking at your signs from 6″ away. I don’t have the steadiest hand for painting lines; but, distance is very kind 🙂

Step 4: Do a little freehand designs

I chose three tall stencils because I knew they’d fit perfectly onto the fan blade and they’d all look good in the garden. When I got done with all three they looked like they were missing something so I got creative.

Freehand painting grass at base of birdhouse.

After I painted the the grass at the bottom of the Birdhouse Garden Sign it still needed something. So I added a few free hand flowers too. On the Bloom and Grow sign I added some vines intertwining the stencil design. And on the Fan Blade Welcome Sign I added some complementary colored dots and brushstrokes.

I have a big DIY Welcome Sign on my porch already but I’m looking to make a new one. I like how this one for the garden turned out and I might try to replicate it in a larger design.

Lastly attach a long dowel to the back of each garden sign using e6000 glue and let it dry fully. If you’re using a 1×6 board you can use pipe clamps and screws. Or pre-drill through the dowel and screw right into the board.

Enjoy your newly Stenciled Garden Signs

After the glue is dry find the best spot(s) in your garden for your new garden signs from fan blades. The Fan Blade Welcome Sign could even go in your Weed Free Flower Bed.

DIY Garden Signs from fan blades in front of tall greenery in garden.
Bloom DIY Garden sign from fan blade in white pot with fining plant.


Birdhouse DIY Garden signs from fan blade in garden near blue lantern.
Bloom DIY Garden sign from fan blade in white pot with fining plant.

DIY Garden Sign from Fan Blade

Yield: Three (or as many as you want)
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: Less than $10

Stencil cute DIY Garden Signs from Fan Blades for a creative repurpose project that's cute and welcoming addition to your garden.



  1. Prepare fan blades
  2. Prime fan blades and let dry
  3. Paint fan blades with background color and let dry.
  4. Attach stencil to fan blade
  5. Paint design on stencil with stencil stippler
  6. Correct any paint bleed
  7. Freehand extra designs
  8. Attach dowel to back of fan blade
  9. Place in ground in garden and enjoy.

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Toni/Girl, Just DIY! – DIY Garden Signs From Fan Blades

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Tuesday 25th of June 2019

These are so fun and colorful! I love them but I still love the dragonfly version as well. Haha! I know I used to have some old fan blades in the garage and now I can't find them. Sometimes I think my husband throws things away thinking I won't notice. I ALWAYS notice. Well, these would really brighten up a garden space and they look fantastic!

Toni | Girl, Just DIY!

Friday 2nd of August 2019

Oh my gosh, what?!! My husband tried that one time and boy did he hear about it. They just don't understand our creativity and need to stuff to turn into other things LOL


Monday 24th of June 2019

These are so cute Toni!! I don't think fan blade upcylces will ever be over done.


Sunday 23rd of June 2019

This is such a fun way to use old fan blades. The colors are wonderful for summer decor.

Shirley Wood

Friday 21st of June 2019

They turned out really pretty and look nice in your flower garden. I too color outside of the lines but thankfully it is an easy fix. I love the stencil you selected!

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