Friday, May 9, 2014

Miniature Ceiling Fan Tutorial - Dollhouse Part 7

Today I wanted to share with you how to make a miniature ceiling fan.


I used simple objects that are easy to find at the craft store to make this project. You can make the ceiling fan for any size doll, depending on the size parts that you use. Tools you will need are a drill, Easy Cutter (or something to cut a thin wooden dowel), wire cutters, and pliers. Here is a list of the parts that I used, including Hobby Lobby's item numbers.

  1. Craft wood shapes - ovals - item #500082
  2. Craft wood - bowls - item #165431
  3. Craft wood - wheels - item #211045
  4. 3/16" Wooden Dowel 
  5. Jewelry Shoppe Long Headpin - Hearts - item #126722L
  6. Small Knob - I used Tim Holtz Curio Knobs from the scrapbooking dept.
  7. Craft Paints
  8. Toothpicks
  9. Fast Grab Tacky Glue
  10. Locktite Ultra Liquid Control Super Glue

I started by drilling a hole in the end of the 3/16" dowel. I used the tiniest drill bit to drill a hole just big enough so that a toothpick would fit tightly in the hole. You will only need to drill the hole about 1/4" deep.


Cut the end off of a toothpick.


Make sure the cut end of the toothpick will fit tightly into the hole, then take it back out to cut the dowel to size.


Take the screw out of the back of your knob. You won't need the screw for this project.


Place the knob face down on the table, and place the wooden wheel on top. Put the end of the dowel through the hole in the wheel until it touches the knob.  Use a pencil to mark how long the dowel needs to be.


Cut the dowel on your pencil mark.


Use the pliers to hold the tiny piece of dowel while you drill a hole into the other end. You will need a toothpick size hole in both ends of this tiny dowel.


Apply glue to the cut end of your toothpick and twist it into the hole in the dowel.


Measure about how deep the toothpick will go into the screw hole on the back of your knob.


Cut the toothpick off so that the dowel will be flush against the back of the knob with the toothpick in the screw hole.


After making sure that you have the toothpick cut to fit into the knob right, glue it in place. I like to put Fast Grab Tacky Glue on the toothpick and the end of the dowel, and then add a drop of Super Glue on top of the Tacky Glue for a really fast bond. It should look like this with the toothpick completely hidden, glued inside the knob and the dowel.


Place the wheel on the dowel. The wheel is not glued at all, so that it will turn freely on the dowel. The ceiling fan really works. It spins with manual power. :)


Cut the end off of another toothpick, which will fit into the hole in the other end of the dowel.


Drill a hole through the center of the bottom of one of the wooden shape bowls.


Measure how long to cut the toothpick so that it can fit through the hole in the bowl where it will be glued later.


The bowl will be the ceiling mount part of the fan. Don't glue this in place yet though.


Take the wheel back off of the dowel and with a pencil, mark five evenly spaced dots around the edge of the wheel.  Drill a hole at each mark. Use pliers to hold the wheel while you are drilling into it, so that your fingers are not close to the drill bit.


The bag of wooden oval shapes come with three sizes. Choose the right size depending on the size fan that you want to make. The heart shaped head pin will fit on the oval like this, becoming your fan blades.


Holding the heart in place on the oval, bend the wire down around the edge of the wood, then bend it again toward the back where it will fit into the wheel (your fan motor).


Cut the wire to fit into the holes that you drilled around the edge of the wheel, checking to make sure that you cut the length of wire to match the depth of the hole.


Use both the Fast Grab Tacky Glue and the Super Glue to glue the metal pins into the holes in the wheel. The Fast Grab Tacky will give you a strong hold, while the Super Glue will set up fast. Be careful not to get the Super Glue on your fingers. Hold each pin in place for a minute until the glue sets up.


Once all 5 pins are glued in place, set aside to dry completely.


While that is drying, you can paint or stain your fan blades. I used white craft paint.


Once the glue was dry, I painted the wheel, pins, and bowl parts with bronze metallic craft paint.


The bronze paint was brighter than the metal on the knob, so once the paint was dry, I added a dry brushing of dark brown craft paint to make it match the knob. I also dry brushed the blades a tiny bit to give them more of an aged patina. Dry brushing is a great way to create a shabby chic look. Just dip your paint brush in brown paint and brush it on a paper towel until it looks like all the paint is off and the brush is dry.  Then lightly brush the dry paint brush over your project a little area at a time. If it brushes on too dark, you may need to wipe off your brush some more. You can quickly wipe off your project with a wet wipe if it looks too dark. It's kind of like using wood stain, you brush it on and wipe it off until it's just right.


Once the paint is completely dry, you can start gluing your fan blades in place. Using a toothpick apply Fast Grab Tacky Glue to the heart pin.


Put a drop of super glue on the fan blade where the heart pin will go.


Hold the fan blade in place against the heart pin for a minute until the super glue sets up.


Place the motor (wheel) back on the dowel with the hearts facing the knob.  Remember there is no glue on the wheel, so that it will spin freely. Glue the cut toothpick into the hole in the end of the dowel and glue the other end of the toothpick into the hole in the bowl. The bottom of the bowl will be glued to the dowel, but not to the wheel.



Here's the finished ceiling fan. My girls love giving the blades a tap to watch the fan spin fast.


I'd love to hear from you if you make your dolls a ceiling fan! And if you have any questions about this project, please don't hesitate to ask.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs,
Lisa

34 comments:

  1. That is probably the CUTEST thing I've ever seen! I love your creativity and your blog! :)

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  2. That is really cool, you should do more tutorials! The fan is so pretty!

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    1. Thank you Claire! I just added a tab in the header that links to a new Tutorials page. I am planning to add some more tutorials. Thanks for recommending it!!!

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  3. Fabulous tutorial, and wonderful fan, what a result!

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    1. Thanks so much Serenata! I just love your name by the way! :)

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  4. Adorable!!! I will try my best to make one!!! Great tutorial!!! ~Amelia

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    1. That is awesome Amelia!!! Please let me know if you have any questions.
      Thanks!!!

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  5. What a fantastic project! The end result is really fantastic-looking, and your tutorial has the perfect amount of detail!

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    1. Thank you jSarie! The tutorial got a little long there, so I had hoped it wouldn't be too long. The ceiling fan is really pretty quick and easy to make though. I finished in just an afternoon, but lots of my other projects have taken days to finish. Thanks again!

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  6. Fenomenal!!! Queda muy real y bonito.

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  7. Yet another creative solution to dollhouse decorating--I love it!

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    1. Thank you Scraps! I really liked a mini ceiling fan that I saw in a store, but it was $20. I decided to go with a more budget friendly version. Kind of a "design on a dime" idea. :)

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  8. You never cease to amaze me. This is outstanding work. Thank you very much for sharing it with us.

    [Funny thing, before I got to the comments I sent the link to Amaya asking her if she followed you. When I scrolled further down I got my answer. :-D ]

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    1. Thank you Melody! It's so much fun to be able to share ideas. I hope someone else can use this. And thank you for thinking of telling your friends about my blog! That is so nice of you!!! I love your sharing story! Too cute!!! :)

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  9. What a clever idea! I think I will try to make a fan like yours. Thank you for the tutorial

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    1. Thank you Ersilia! I'm glad it was useful! I hope you made a fan for your dollhouse!
      Hugs,
      Lisa

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  10. Great tutorial with a lot of valuable information! it absolutely was very and informative read! I’ll be again later for certain.

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  11. That’s so great! Sounds like you and your family are hockey fans :). What’s the weather like there

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    1. Hi Maria,
      It's very hot most of the time here. Just a couple months of cool weather at the beginning of the year. :)
      Hugs,
      Lisa

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  13. Thank for your useful tutorials, I will give it a try :)

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