Monday, July 1, 2013

Paint a rainbow fan

So I don't know about you, but this DIY rainbow fan has been stuck in my mind.  What?  You can see primary colors mixing in front of your very eyes?  Amazing!  I felt so inspired that  I made my own version.  Here's my DIY rainbow fan:

DIY Rainbow Fan

how to paint a rainbow fan DIY

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Oooh.  Circular rainbow!  I just think it's so cool that the blades are painted different combinations of red, yellow, or blue.  Yon can only see the rainbow when the fan is turned on.  Whoa, right?

Let's get crafting.

Before we start, here's a short video showing how the fan works.

Rainbow Illusion Fan from Pink Stripey Socks on Vimeo.

Materials Needed to Make Rainbow Fan:

- Painter's Tape
- White Fan
- White, red, yellow, and blue craft paint*
- Foam Brush

*Note:  My craft paint does not permanently adhere to plastic.  If I scratch the blades, the paint will just tear off.  I'm ok with this because I just did this craft on a whim.  

Directions to Make Rainbow Fan:
1.  Remove the grill from the white fan.

2.  Place Painter's Tape on the center of your fan to protect the center from getting painted.

3.  If your blades aren't white, paint them white to help the colors really stand out.
how to DIY a rainbow fan

4.  Once the white paint dries, paint different combinations of red, yellow, or blue to create your 8 concentric rainbow rings.

I used painter's tape to help generally create even bands of color.
Here's how I created each color of the rainbow (from innermost ring to outermost ring):

  •  Red- Three red blade bands
  • Orange- Two red and one yellow blade bands
  • Yellow- Three yellow blade bands
  • Green- One yellow and two blue blade bands
  • Blue- Three blue blade bands
  • Purple- Two red and one blue blade bands

paint your fan red, yellow, and blue to make a rainbow

5. Now comes the hardest part.  Wait for the paint to dry!  Don't turn on the fan on before the paint is completely dry.  (I was impatient and ended up splattering paint.)

6.  Once your paint dries, carefully remove the Painter's tape.  (When removing the Painter's tape, I ripped off a bit of my craft paint.  No worries, I just fixed up the botched up part with more red paint.)

My fan looks like this without the grill on:

DIY fan that makes a rainbow when turned on
And here's what the fan looks like turned on:

DIY rainbow fan
Neat right?  This colorful fan now resides in Chuck's room.  He loves pressing  the buttons and I love seeing the lovely colors.

how to paint a fan with 3 colors (red, yellow, and blue) and when it turns on... poof! A rainbow appears!

Happy colorful crafting!

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  1. I love that you added color to an ordinary object! So cool!

    1. Me too. I was surprised that it actually worked!

  2. wooow so cool!! love love the idea!!! thanks for sharing (:

  3. How sweet that is!! I always wanted a rainbow of my own ^^
    I suppose eventually some dreams come true...

  4. I am thinking of trying it on a ceiling fan for a child's room. Or maybe if someone lives near a well known University, the university's colors would look awesome!!!

  5. :). Happy crafting! Let me know how it turns out!

  6. ooooo im gonna try this today!! thank you for sharing!

    1. have fun! let me know how it turns out. it's pretty amazing when you see it in action....

  7. I just came across this while searching for a colored fan - I guess they don't exist! We may end up doing this project, looks really neat and simple :)

    1. It's totally easy... and the results are pretty cool. Plus you get a one-of-a-kind fan! Thanks for visiting.

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  12. Wow this looks so pretty and easy to do. Going to paint one for my kid's room.

  13. I am also going to paint like this for my 3 years baby.
    Painting jobs


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