Mosaic Ceiling Fan
- Once the paint on the back had cured for 24 hours (I used three coats of craft paint), I sealed the back with an outdoor spray polyurethane (satin finish; because that is what I had already) to protect the finish from moisture (2-3 coats). If the wooden blades are not completely coated and protected from the elements, the blades could start to swell with moisture and cause the mosaic to pop off the blades. Remember that this ceiling fan was not designed to withstand the outdoor elements, so you need to make it as weatherproof as possible to get your mosaic to last.
Mounting the Fan
- We decided to mount the ceiling fan to a post before putting the post in the garden. We have a metal post holder pounded into the ground that will hold a 4" x 4" cedar post (these post holders are commonly used for mailboxes).
- You will need to cut a round circle out of a piece of wood that will fit inside the mounting base of he ceiling fan. We used a scrap piece of composite decking so that it wouldn't rot. You can also seal, stain or paint regular wood to help protect it from rotting.
- Take the 4" screws and attach the circle to the upper portion of the post. We used screws designed for decks as they won't rust.
- Place the base of the ceiling fan over the round piece of wood and secure it with the shorter deck screws. You can use any type of screws, just make sure they don't rust.
- Once the base is mounted to the post, you can assemble the fan blades and screw them back onto the ceiling fan base. Now the post is ready to be placed into the post holder. Generally, there is a bolt that goes through the post and the post holder to secure the post into the holder in two places. Make sure you check to see how your post holder is designed to work before mounting your fan to the post. Drill any holes necessary beforehand.
Additional Tips & Maintenance
- A ceiling fan like this can also be mounted to a fence or the side of a shed instead of a post. If you did that, you wouldn't have to do anything to the back but seal it well against moisture.
- To maintain this art piece, simply check it over monthly, make sure it doesn't have any lose tiles or glass, wipe off any dirt and dust and seal it once a year with the same sealer you used when you created it.
- Instead of using the globe, you could cut a piece of wood to make a flat front and paint it or mosaic that instead of the globe.
- If you are good at painting, you could paint the blades instead or use stencils to help with your pattern.