Monday, May 27, 2013

DIY: Rainbow Fan

One of my High School students suggested this cool project. Just happened to have a fan with three blades in my Art room so we went for it one afternoon. The primary colors kind of mix together while it is spinning + it brightens up the Art Room.
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For this project you'll need:
-A fan with three blades and able to access the blades to paint
-Primary colors of paint
-brushes (we used foam brushes)

First, you open up  your fan so you can access the blades and prepare your paint.  It was easy getting inside the fan, but  a little trickier to get the fan back together. We painted the blades the primary colors.

Then we put the fan back together.

Lastly, we gave it a whirl.  At faster speeds it looked a little brown which makes sense because the primary colors mixed create brown. It looked much prettier at the lower speeds.
This project truly BRIGHTENED my day and so HAPPY it was suggested to me. Hope you give it a try....I think all ages would enjoy this! If I did it again I think I would try just 2 colors so that it would ultimately be a more beautiful color than brown.


  1. Yea, a cool fan now! So fun when you can make things different with minimum efforts :)

  2. I love this idea! How wonderful for kids of all ages!

  3. a wonderful idea! what two colors would you recommend for the best outcome? and which color should be on 2 of the 3 blades?

    1. I would paint 2 blue and one red for purple or 2 yellow and one blue for a green. Experimenting would be the key and it would depend on how many blades the fan had.

    2. Thanks! I'm going to try this project this weekend

  4. Nice that is so creative I love it :)
    Vintage Inspired Girls

  5. This cool, my son will love it! What kind of paint should I use, acrylic?

  6. Very cool. As an extension or for those without a fan at their disposal...You can have your kids do this with pinwheels or paper plates. Just section it off....color with marker, crayon or paint and add a brass brad or spinner and give it a whirl. I think I did the pinwheel idea to teach color blending to 2nd graders many years ago and it was a hit!


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