INSIDE: How to update a builders ceiling fan with a metal farmhouse basket and vintage metal flowers for easy, fast farmhouse home decor.

How to make DIY eclectic home ceiling fan using standard builders white ceiling fan using metal farmhouse basket and metal stamping flowers

We live in Arizona and it’s hot. H-O-T!! Ceiling fans (and air conditioning and ice cream and cold lattes) are a must. So as we melted away in our fan-less kitchen, it was time to swap out the ginormous chandelier that came with the house for something much … cooler.

DIY home projects always help when you can score a deal at the hardware store! We brought home a $69 plain ole white ceiling fan.

Out with the mega chandelier (no takers on Craigslist, shock!) and in with an eclectic take on a standard (read: boring) builders ceiling fan…

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How To Update a $68 Builders Ceiling Fan

There’s nothing like hitting a sale at the hardware store! My husband came home with this $68 ceiling fan gem. And before you knew it, we are completing making it our own courtesy of a wire basket and some vintage metal flowers.

– Standard ceiling fan
Light Kit
Wire metal basket
– Bailing wire
Wire snips
– Vintage metal flowers (purchased via
Floral wire
Ceiling medallion (optional)

DIY ceiling fan with metal farmhouse basket

Install the ceiling medallion per manufacturer instructions.

(My husband installed the fan, stood back all proud of himself, only to realize the ceiling medallion was still sitting on the counter. A few groans later, the fan was down and the medallion was up.)

Step #2:
We opted to hang the wire metal basket upside down.

Using the diameter of the light kit, we cut a hole in the bottom of the basket with wire snips.

The light kit was secured to the underside of the basket using bailing wire.

The goal is for the basket to be sandwiched between the fan and the light kit.

Cut hole in farmhouse metal basket and install light kit for DIY ceiling fan update
Step #3:
Install the ceiling fan, per instructions by manufacturer.

Step #4:
So the fan looked good hanging up there. Nice and cute…but boring.

An online search later, I found a variety of metal vintage flowers on Etsy.

Originally intended for making jewelry, these metal stamping flowers would add the needed touch of whimsy.

I gave them a quick coat of paint to match our decor.

Use metal stamping flowers for accent on metal farmhouse basket for DIY ceiling fan update
Step #5:
Using floral wire, secure the metal flowers through the basket and twisting on the inside of the basket.

Cut off any excess wire.

Home decor with metal flower stamping using paint and floral wire to update DIY ceiling fan
Who knew a simple ceiling fan – with an update – could make such an impact in a space.

How to make DIY eclectic home ceiling fan using standard builders white ceiling fan using metal farmhouse basket and metal stamping flowers

Use a metal wire basket and vintage metal flowers to update $68 builders ceiling fan
Cool baby!

How to update a $68 white builders ceiling fan using metal farmhouse basket and vintage metal flowers

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