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.
This post is sponsored by DecoArt and they’ve also generously provided a prize pack that you could win. [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
- Three Fan Blades (or 1x6x18 boards)
- DecoArt Americana Decor Outdoor Living paint – Picket Fence
- DecoArt Craft paints in colors of your choice. Here’s what I used
- DecoArt Americana Decor Stencils:
- Spray Primer
- Small Spray Shelter
- Cardboard floor protector sheets
- Paint Brush
- Craft Brush
- Spray Adhesive
- Stencil Stippler
- e6000 Glue
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.
- 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
- Let dry fully.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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- Prepare fan blades
- Prime fan blades and let dry
- Paint fan blades with background color and let dry.
- Attach stencil to fan blade
- Paint design on stencil with stencil stippler
- Correct any paint bleed
- Freehand extra designs
- Attach dowel to back of fan blade
- 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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