Fan Blade Outdoor Ghost Ornaments

Fan Blade Outdoor Ghost Ornaments

EEEK…I didn’t mean to publish two Halloween ghost décor projects in a row, but that’s how the cookie crumbled this year. But this one is pretty different…AND it’s to be used outdoors in your yard! But anyway- here’s the story: I found a bin of ceiling fan blades that were SUPER cheap, and there was a pack of white blades on the top. Right off the bat, I saw the potential of creating little ghost ornaments (think the Pac-man variety) to hang out in the yard.

Old ceiling fan blades at Habitat ReStore to be repurposed and upcycled into DIY Halloween ghost ornaments and decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Fan blades, tempting me with ideas…

I brought the ceiling fan blades home and played around with the idea of creating little ghost ornaments to hang from small trees / large bushes or shrubs in the yard! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Salvaged ceiling fan blades from the thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into DIY Halloween ghost ornaments and decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Let’s see what we can do here…

So, this was my idea- each fan blade would yield two similar, but slightly different ghost shapes. The bottom ghost would require a rounded cut for the head, but would utilize the flowy shape of the bottom of the fan blade. The top ghost already had a rounded “head” (and holes for adding hanging thread and eye placement), but would require a sawtooth cut along the bottom.

Cutting out small ghost shapes from white ceiling fan blades for DIY Halloween decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Different cuts for different ghosts…

I did my best to transfer this idea to the blades by means of pencil, compass, and ruler. Then, Jon used our jigsaw to cut out the ghost ornaments from each fan blade.

Cutting out small ghost shapes from white ceiling fan blades for DIY Halloween decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Sketching out my idea for cuts…

Cutting out small ghost shapes from white ceiling fan blades for DIY Halloween decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

It worked! Lots of little ghosties…

Next, I sanded down the cut edges to smooth them out. For the “bottom blade” ghosts, I also had to drill a small hole at the top of each one in order to hang them.

Now, even though the blades were white, the other side was, unfortunately, faux wood grain. So, I spray painted both sides with a fresh coat of white paint- this hid the brown of the wood grain on the flip side and covered up my pencil marks on the white side! Now came the scariest part (or, rather, most nerve-wracking) part- adding faces to the ghost ornaments.

Repurposing old ceiling fan blades into DIY ghost ornaments to hang from trees for outdoor Halloween decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ugh…FACE PAINTING BY HAND!

And, well…I did the best I could! Free hand painting is NOT my forte, but with a little practice, they came out alright.

Repurposing old ceiling fan blades into DIY ghost ornaments to hang from trees for outdoor Halloween decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

That’s as good as it gets, folks!

Last but not least, I gave my ghost ornaments a coat of water resistant sealant- I’m hanging them outside after all! And for hanging, I used clear monofilament…which can be a pain to tie in a knot but is also good for handling the outdoors. Now they’re ready to hang outside!

How to upcycle ceiling fan blade into DIY ghost ornaments to hang in trees in the yard for Halloween decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ta-da!

And just for fun, I took them to a hauntingly beautiful spot not far from where I live, the Poinsett Bridge! A fun little photoshoot…

How to upcycle ceiling fan blade into DIY ghost ornaments to hang in trees in the yard for Halloween decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

BOO!

And that, my friends, is the last Halloween project of 2017! I hope you’ll check out my full collection for any last minute DIY project ideas!

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. OMG You are so creative. I also love the way you include such complete directions for your all your projects, from the thrift shop to the finished project. It helps us un-creative people!! Happy Halloween!

  2. Patti Boose says:

    Wow! I love this idea. Such a wonderful repurpose.

  3. Oh my these are so cute and to think I threw away some fan blades not that long ago. I’ll be saving the blades of the next fan I take down.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thank you, Sharon!! Yes, I was already eyeballing the old white ceiling fan in our kitchen and wondering if I should replace it sooner than I had thought, hahaha.

  4. So cute! You did good with the face painting. (My favorite part…I love to paint!) Great use for the blades too.
    😀

  5. I’ll never look at ceiling fan blades the same after seeing this, Sarah. What a great idea and I have the perfect tree in my front yard! pinned

  6. Very cute! I don’t decorate much for Halloween, but I have really enjoyed all your projects.

  7. I already had fan blades on my look-for list but don’t own a jigsaw which is probably a good thing with my degree of coordination! These are adorable and won’t take much storage space; always a plus in my book! Do you know the trick of putting a touch of (clear) nail polish on your monofilament knots; it keeps them tied for sure. A jewelry lock knot is also a good thing to do. I scored 2 .50 round white plastic tablecloths; grand can make a couple of ghosts to hang in a tree!

  8. Love this idea and so simple! They can sway in the wind!!

  9. Julia - Vintage with Laces says:

    It looks like your home and garden are ready for Halloween, Sarah.That’s another cute ghost project and such a great way to use fan blades.

  10. How cute is that? I wish I had seen this before I chucked the blades I had a while back.

  11. Really clever ! Good job

  12. acraftymix says:

    That mind of yours Sarah!!!! How on earth do you come up with these amazingly cool ideas? Your ceiling fan ghosts are so cute and that picture you took of them at the Poinsett Bridge is wow. If I had to see that for real I’d probably pee in my pretty pink bloomers 😀

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      LOL, thanks, Michelle! Jon and I joked about hanging all my fan blade ghosties near the bridge and then leaving them to spook other visitors…but I didn’t want to leave anything but footprints. 😉

  13. I’ve seen people use the whole fan blade as ghosts, but I like cutting it into two pieces to make more!

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