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Thanksgiving Turkey Fan Blade Sign

November 21, 2017

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Make your own painted Thanksgiving turkey wooden sign using an old ceiling fan blade to welcome your guests. It's a super easy home decor craft for the holiday and super cute, too.

Old Ceiling Fan Blades

 Last night, I whipped up a super sweet painted Thanksgiving turkey sign on one of my old fan blades....and it was so much fun.

I probably should've been baking, or setting a table or cleaning the house a bit, but the blades were just sitting on the floor looking at me.

So I gave in.

And I am so glad I did.

Now I know what you're thinking.

There's tons to do for the big day, how will I ever be ready when I squandered my time crafting instead of cooking?

Well, don't you worry, I just will.

I'm a pretty laid back holiday gal.

I don't fret about the perfect pie or the perfect place setting.

I just do what I can at my own pace and somehow, some way, it all gets done. The holidays are much more enjoyable that way.

I remember my own mom racing to the finish line every Thanksgiving, up until two or three in the morning preparing things and then up again at six to put the turkey in the oven.

She dreaded the day and collapsed once the guests cleared out.

I can't do that, or rather, I choose not to.

I still prepare all the requisite dishes and bake our traditional desserts, but I do it in batches, with some crafting in between. It's frankly the best part of the holiday for me.

Well, that and the pie. Pie is very good, too.

Here's how I made the Thanksgiving turkey sign, in case you want to craft while you cook.

Upcycled Ceiling Fan Blade Craft

I grabbed one of my fan blades and started by sketching out a design on paper.

Remember, you don't have to be an artist to make something fabulously artistic.

My pattern is something I would've had my kindergarteners draw. Find your inner kid and go...

Drawing a Turkey on a fan blade for a wooden sign

Next, I drew that same design on the fan blade in pencil.

How To Draw A Thanksgiving Turkey with a pencil

That was the hardest part. The rest was just a matter of filling in my drawing with paint.

Coloring is much easier than stenciling, in my opinion. I used regular craft paint and a variety of small and medium bristle brushes.

How To Paint A Turkey Sign with paint brushes and paints and partially painted turkey

I was going to use the pencil eraser trick for the eyes like I did on my Christmas fan blades, but I ended up using a brush instead.

I added details over the paint, with a pencil, when necessary. I improvised as I went along.

Wooden Thanksgiving Turkey Sign adding body and feathers with paint

I used a negative space technique on this Tom Turkey since the board was already brown, the faux wood grain looked a bit like feathers.

I also used a very light brown to define his body shape, but then wiped most of it off and added more feathers.

Wooden Turkey Sign DIY adding face details

 Lastly, I added the details to give him a little personality and with a gold paint pen.

 I wrote the words, GIVE THANKS, on the bottom for some seasonal flair.

Painted turkey wooden sign on fan blade with rainbow feathers and hat

To hang my sign, I looped ribbon through the fan holes at the top of the blade and then made a bow and hot glued it on.

How To Hang A Fan Blade Sign

All in all, I'm very happy with the way this Thanksgiving wooden sign turned out.

Like the rest of my projects, it was cheap to make, a super simple home decor craft (no fancy artwork or tools required) and done in no time flat.

Painted Thanksgiving turkey wooden sign on an old fan blade to welcome the holiday. It's an easy DIY and super cute, too.

I had time to paint a turkey, before I have to cook a turkey.

And what could be better than that?

Gobble, Gobble!!

Painted Thanksgiving turkey wooden sign on an old fan blade to welcome the holiday.

More Thanksgiving Home Decor Crafts:


Thanksgiving Turkey Sign From A Ceiling Fan Blade

Author: Kim @ Exquisitely Unremarkable
prep time: 5 Mperform time: 30 Mtotal time: 35 M
You can make a quick and easy Wooden Thanksgiving Turkey sign from an old upcycled ceiling fan blade in no time with this quick and easy DIY craft.


  • Craft Paint
  • Ceiling Fan Blade
  • Paint Pen
  • Paper
  • Ribbon


  • Paint Brushes
  • Eraser
  • Pencil 
  • Glue Gun


Wooden Turkey Sign
  1. Map out your drawing/ design on paper with a pencil
  2. Draw or transfer the design onto the fan blade
  3. Fill in the design with paint colors of your choice
  4. Add details with paint pen and pencil eraser
  5. Add ribbon and hang it up


If you don't like the wood look, you can paint the fan blade as well.
This could be a very fun design done in black and white, as well, for a more neutral sign.
Wooden Sign, Thanksgiving Turkey sign, holiday craft, home decor craft
Created using Craft Card Maker

Hey! Speaking of Thanksgiving, I would like to say, once again, just how enormously grateful I am for each and every one of you, my dear readers.

I started writing, because I was hoping to inspire people to try crafting and DIY projects, regardless of their skill level. 
Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine that so many people would come by to see what I had to say and that I would be conversing and building friendships with people from all over the world.

But it happened...and every now and then someone will send me a photo of what they made based off something that I shared here.

It's a true gift.

Sock Dolls from Handmade By Amalia

My sweet friend Amalia, did just that this week.

She and her niece turned my sock angel ornaments into dolls and they are just darling.

You must run over to see them and check out Amalia's great observations about kids. I keep telling her she needs to write a book. I am sure you'll agree when you see out her darling creations and their stories.

Well ~ that's all folks! If you live in the states, Happy Thanksgiving...and if not, I hope you have a lovely week.

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  1. The turkey fan blade is adorable!!! Glad you take a laid back approach to the holidays I too feel it is the way to go. The day will come and it all will get done.
    Hugs and Happy Thanksgiving.

    1. Thanks Kris…and yes, absolutely. Low key and it will all get done. Haven’t had a Thanksgiving yet with out food!! 😉

  2. Another very cute idea for fan blades! I saw some at a yard sale this summer and passed them by not to add another project to the pile. UGH! No turkey for me! Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Thanks AnnMarie! At this point I think I have enough to make something for every holiday and I feel compelled to use them all up! Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. You always come up with something from pretty much nothing! I'm really taking it easy this year. My daughter is bringing me a plate of food on Thanksgiving.

    1. We’re doing a smaller holiday this year, too. I wish you a wonderful day with your pups!

  4. Hello Kim, that is just the cutest turkey sign you made. How unique and I love it. Yes it's wonderful that Amalia made your angels!
    Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

    1. Thanks Julie! Isn't Amalia talented? I was just so excited to see what she made. Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. The fan blade turkey turned out great.
    I enjoy your craftiness!
    Time to start thinking those kitchen tasks . . .
    Enjoy a Hapoy Thanksgiving!

    1. Thanks Lynne...and you're right! Let the cooking commence!! Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Kim, you can definitely make art out of fan blades! So impressed! Love that you're laid back about holiday preparations. I strive for it. This year, it's just the 2 of us, so that's easy. When we have company, it's another story.

    1. Thanks Florence! I am determined to use up all of those fan blades!! Better than hunting for or paying for a board! Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. LOOOVVEE THIS!!! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Oh Shelley, I'm thrilled that you like this!! That's what makes sharing all worth it! 😊

  8. Kim, you did a great job on that fan blade is just adorable! I am so thankful to have you in my life too. Who knew that when we all started this blogging journey that we would "meet" so many amazing people who have become so dear to us. I pray you have a very Happy Thanksgiving my friend!

    1. Finding friends was the last thing I expected when I started writing, Debbie, but it's become the biggest blessing. I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving my friend. 😊

  9. This is too cute! Love your little turkey.

  10. Seriously, Kim, you are so artistic you put me to such shame!!! I did let my creative juices flow this week, helping my daughter come up with ideas of ornaments to make for her nana & papa but other than that, my creativity flows best in the kitchen! Happy Thanksgiving, my friend!!

    1. I bet your ornament ideas were fabulous, Debbie. Your house is gorgeously decorated. You are a master gardener and a chef to be reckoned with…I’d say that was creativity if I ever saw it. Happy Thanksgiving! I’d love to be sitting at your table. 😊

  11. So very cute! I am going to use your idea about using vinyl words from the dollar store on signs, as gifts this year!

    1. That's my go to method, Deanna. They're so easy to do and retain their luster for years. I am getting ready to pull a few Christmas ones out now! I say go for it!

  12. I LOVE your wooden turkey, Kim! You are so creative! And I loved your sock angels! But turning into dolls, they are amazing! Congratulations to your friend, too. Kisses!!!!!!!

    1. Thanks so much, Mia! This one was fun to paint!

  13. Hi Kim,
    I love your turkey. So well done. You are so creative!!
    Have a blessed weekend,

    1. Thanks you Carla! I hope your Thanksgiving was just divine!

  14. P.S. Hi Kim,
    I just read Amalia post. I loved what she wrote for #4! So true. She is so fun with her poems. Blogland buddies do make the world a happy place.
    xx oo

    1. She is an amazingly creative person, isn't she? She makes me smile every time I visit her blog. The best!

  15. I love this and the fact that you do not have it centered makes it all the more interesting. Happy Thanksgiving Kim. I hope you had a wonderful day. We ate way too much!!

    1. Thanks Mary, I drew it out first to be sure! Glad you had a fabulous Thanksgiving!

  16. I love it! You always do a great job with your crafting. You inspire me!

  17. How nice of you to feature me, Kim, and to be so supportive. I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving weekend, I'm sure that fantastic sign featured in a place of honor. I'm almost tempted to take the ceiling fan down :-)

    1. Amalia, it was my pleasure to share your blog and your amazing crafts. You always make me smile and your comments keep me this one. ❤️

  18. Very nice. I love how the feathers and accessories define the body without having to paint it. The woodgrain peeking thru makes for a very nice turkey body.

    1. Thanks Lorri! I tried to get creative with this one. I’m glad you like it! 😊 And I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    2. I love your blog . you did a great job.Thanks for sharing.

  19. Kim! How did I miss this all those years ago?? oh yeah. I had just purchased a money pit that spring...
    Reading this I noticed the perfect definition of "I can't do that", which is often used, but of course we CAN do whatever - but you said it wonderfully; "I CHOOSE NOT TO". Perfect. Thanks.
    Oh, great way to use the holes that come with the blades. I was wondering how to cover them or use them effectively.
    Enjoy your holidays in your newly decorated space! It's lovely. Of course!

    1. Thanks so much, Nancy and yes, I choose not to is a great mantra! I wish you a lovely holiday season in your new home!