When I first saw the farmhouse windmill decor at Hobby Lobby a few months ago, I knew I had to have one. But the price was more than I wanted to pay, even with a coupon. So I decided to make one! Here is the inspiration from Hobby Lobby:
The cost at Hobby Lobby is $69.99! I made mine for less than……$10! Here is my DIY windmill:
Want to make your own windmill? Let’s get started!
I am a big fan of inexpensive materials that I can easily manipulate. Windmills are usually made of metal, but I really don’t have much luck working with it. Usually I have blood all over me and a piece of metal that looks like it came through a hurricane.
Thankfully, there are many spray paints that look just like metal and can transform everyday materials into metal-looking objects. Since this will be hanging on my wall, I wasn’t worried about using something different than metal, so I used posterboard. Can you tell? The finished size is 30″ in diameter.
Materials list for making your DIY windmill decor
I used the following materials:
- 2 sheets of posterboard (white)
- 5 -1/4″ dowels (I ended up cutting mine in thirds)
- 18 gauge wire
- round wood piece for center (mine was 3″ wide)
- wood glue, hot glue
- Acrylic craft paint in Burnt Sienna
- Rust-Oleum 7213830 Hammered Metal Finish Spray, Silver, 12-Ounce
Easy instructions for your farmhouse windmill decor
I first made a pattern on a piece of scrap paper for the blades. Mine are 11″ long and 4″ at the widest end. I determined that I wanted 10 blades on my windmill, but you could use more or less. Cut out your blades from the posterboard. You may get by with 1 piece of posterboard, but I experimented quite a bit and used almost 2.
Cut your wood dowels to your desired length. I ended up cutting mine in 1/3rds. I used wood glue to attach the dowels to the back of the blades, making sure they are centered the same. You want each blade identical.
Once dry, align your blades up in a circle and wood glue the round piece of wood to the dowel ends. I waited overnight to make sure the glue had set. Once dry, you should be able to pick your piece up without any parts moving.
Spray paint your windmill with your desired spray. You could use the hammered silver like I did, or go with another metal looking spray. I was worried that the paint might make the posterboard flop, but it did not.
Once the paint dries, lay the windmill face down on a table. Bend your wire in a circle the size that you desire. Cut the end (I taped my ends with black electrical tape to hold them together. If you do this, make sure to hide the tape behind one of the blades.) I used hot glue to attach the wire to the back side of the dowels on the blades. I had to hold the wire in place where I wanted it while the glue was hardening.
Once the glue is dried. Flip the windmill right side up. You will now be painting the rust on it. Using the burnt sienna paint and an old brush or sponge, dabble the paint on the edges and wherever you desire to look like rust.
That’s it! I hung mine on the wall by the wire circle. It is very light and looks great on all of my walls! If you try one, I’d love to see a picture of it!