Like most people, I have a love/ hate relationship with the internet. This time of year however, it's mostly all about the love, especially as a crafter. Everywhere I click, I am bombarded with the sweetest holiday ideas that I can't wait to create on my own. A few weeks ago, a picture of ghosts, made out of old ceiling fan blades, showed up in my Facebook feed and I have been smitten ever since.
Super cute, super easy and super cheap.
Of course, we don't have any old ceiling fans hanging around anymore (pardon the pun!)...and even though I regularly see them in the trash, Murphy's Law kicked in because I was looking, I couldn't find one.
Last weekend, we took a trip east to pick pumpkins and enjoy all that fall has to offer.
Including other people's garbage.
In between candy apples, cinnamon cake donuts and pumpkin patches, I scoured the curb looking for an old fan.
With absolutely no luck.
After a few hours in the car, we returned home and my husband and I decided to take a walk around the block to stretch our legs and lo and behold, look what we found.
I grabbed four blades and literally ran home.
My daughter suggested that I leave the hardware on one of them to make a jack-o-lantern. It would be the stem. I thought her idea was genius, so I did. Of course, I removed it to paint the blade orange, but then I reattached it when it was dry.
The process to make both pumpkin and ghost are the same, just change up the faces and paint colors and you're good to go.
Here's the ghost tutorial. Super simple, as always.
I started by removing the hardware with a screwdriver and roughing up the shiny blade with a nail file. I always have one in reach and it does a great job whenever I need to do a little sanding.
I did not prime (I never prime - I am a very lazy artisan). I just applied a few coats of white craft paint with a foam brush.
When the paint was dry, I drew a face on my ghost with a marker and filled it in with black paint. The bottom of my fan blades happen to be wavy, so I added a little gray paint with a wispy brush create the look of fabric at the bottom of my ghost ~ that was my husband's suggestion.
Apparently, crafting is a family affair around here. That's what happens when you work at the kitchen table!
I strung him up with a little bit of rustic twine and I tried him on the wall, the fireplace, the front door and dangling from a standing wreath holder.
He was super cute everywhere I placed him.
The jack-o-lantern was equally adorable and my daughter was right, that hardware does look like a stem.
I did not paint the back of either of these fellows, because I figured come Thanksgiving or Christmas, I could add more fun there in the shape of a Santa or turkey or scarecrow. The two blank blades I have left are carefully tucked away for spring when they may become bunnies, eggs, Valentine hearts or flowers.
The possibilities are literally endless.
In the meantime though, I will be soaking in the smiles from my two new Halloween friends.
And checking out my neighbor's garbage.
Just don't tell them that.
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