Extra Large DIY Vintage Farmhouse Windmill Blades Tutorial

I am super excited to be sharing my latest creation with you today!

Here are my Extra Large DIY Vintage Windmill Blades!

And here are lots of lovely pictures of them!

So, let's get straight to the tutorial.

You will need:
- A cardboard box for your template.
- A large sheet of 6mm MDF.
- Stapler
- Large head short screws.
- Small short screws.
- Liquid Nails.
- Rustolem Hammered Antique Pewter Spray Paint.
- Acrylic red and brown paint.
- Rag or cotton balls.
- Drop Sheet.
- Ruler and tape measure.
- Wire or similar.
- Hand saw.
- Sandpaper.

1. Decide on the size of your blades. Cut out your blades from your cardboard box. Then cut out your circular frame. I didn't have anything large enough for my circle, so I freehanded it. Then reshape and resize as desired.  Next staple blades into place and hang where you want to put them to see if their size works. (I had a few attempts and as you can see, I went from 3 blades to 4!)

My dimensions were as follows:
Each blade measured 67cms long. The widest end was 21cms wide and the shorter end was 9cms wide.
The inner radius of my frame was 25cms and the outer radius was 29cms, making the circular frame 4cms in thickness.

2. Trace out your blades and frame templates onto your MDF and cut out with your hand saw. Sand the edges nice and smooth with a fine sandpaper.

3. Position the blades on your circular frame. Apply liquid nails, press down, then drill and screw the blades in place.

4. Use a ruler to make sure your blades are evenly spaced. Then leave to dry.

5. I then decided to place 2 smaller screws on either side of each larger screw, just to keep it secure, and for aesthetic purposes.

6. Grab your can of Rustoleum Forged Hammered Antique Pewter spray paint.  I got mine at Bunnings for $13. And don't forget your drop sheet!

7. Give the whole thing a few thin coats, allowing drying time between coats.

8. Grab your wire. I couldn't find any wire thick enough, but I did find this green stuff in the shed which was perfect.

9. Secure it in an arc on the back of your blades. I just used packing tape which worked fine.

10. Spray paint the wire as well.

11. I forgot to take a picture of this part, but basically you need to mix up your red and brown paint to form a colour similar to rust. Then I applied mine using a cotton ball, dragging and blending it down the blades.

And ta-dah, you have your very own Faux Vintage Windmill Blades!
Here they are in the entryway so you could see them properly.

However, their actually home will be on the mantle behind our fireplace.

And they look absolutely fabulous and very authentic, if I do say so myself!
And the cost of this project was less than $25 as I only had to buy the MDF and spray paint.

Honestly, that is the first time I have used the hammered spray paint and it really does look like aged metal. I highly recommend it.

I hope you are all having a creative week!
:) Julie

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  1. Julie, these are so amazing! I've seen these in the stores and they were so expensive. These look fabulous and I can't wait to make my own. They are seriously so creative. Love! Hugs, CoCo

    1. Thanks Coco. They really were super easy and quick to make. I absolutely love them. I can't wait to see your version. Have a wonderful day! Julie


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