Get a coastal look with this easy 15 min DIY shell ceiling fan pull project. Looks great, holds up well, and it’s a great way to use shells from a vacation
Creative credit for today’s DIY shell ceiling fan pull…my 15-minute project belongs to my new local artist friend Sierra who I met during the Michaels Store Pinterest Party last January.
When we moved in almost two years ago I thought the huge ceiling fans were overkill. Now, I’m a huge fan…pun intended.
One of the biggest benefits of living by the water is that we only turn on our AC for a few months during the hottest part of the summer. Even during this time of the year we still get a beautiful cool sea breeze many evenings. The fans help out a lot and we get to keep our windows open a wee bit longer in the season.
Check out these Creative Seashell Craft Ideas You Can Make This Summer, these 22 Creative DIY Seashell Projects You Can Make, and this DIY Seashell and Driftwood Wreath for more ways to use your seashells!
I tried to make fan pulls when we first moved to the beach. It’s a great idea. Simple and perfectly coastal, right? Umm, project fail. They were not only ugly, but they also failed the durability test miserably. I figured I buy fan pulls when I came across something I liked.
I’ve looked ever since until Sierra and I were making Himmeli art from straws (which are so cute and you can see them HERE). She happened to mention she makes her own ceiling fan pulls and they hold up just fine.
It was so simple and genius, I asked her if I could share her idea.
Friends, this is a 15 minute project. Here’s the supplies you need to make a DIY shell ceiling fan pull.
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How to Make a Shell Ceiling Fan Pull
- Bead ball chain
- Small conch shell
- Hot glue gun – this one is my favorite
- Wire cutters
Shell Ceiling Fan Pull Tutorial
Cut the length of the bead ball chain that you need. Cut another short piece and twist it around the end of the other one and glue it in place with the hot glue. Take your knotted end and stuff it deep inside the shell.
Give it a good squirt of hot glue that fills up the cavity inside. You want the knot and the glue to form a solid ball inside of your DIY shell ceiling fan pull.
….and you’re done. Easy. Hang it up and admire your new shell ceiling fan pull.
I’m on a roll now, making fan pulls for all of my ceiling fans.
The link in your email for “vintage style farmhouse light ” brought me to this. Where’s the real link?
EJ! Thanks so much for your note! Either I malfunctioned or my software did and the wrong post link was sent out. I just resent a new email with the correct link. You can go directly to my post and project here –> https://h2obungalow.com/tutorial-diy-vintage-style-pulley-light/ Again, thank you for alerting me so I had a chance to send out the correct link!
The pulley’s are so cute, I love them. I can’t wait to see where you put them.
Hi Patty! Thanks so much! I have the perfect spot for them. I’ll add the photo as soon as I hang them:)
Jeanne Grunert says
This looks like a simple, beautiful craft project to try. Thanks so much for sharing it!
Hi Jeanne and thank you. This is such an easy project and so useful. I still need to make more for the rest of my ceiling fans in the house. I hope you make a set o these too! Thanks so much for your visit 🙂
What an easy way to update your fan pull! I love this! Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday this week!
Hi Marie and thank you. I love this fan pull, Now I need to make several more for the rest of my fans in the house. Thanks so much for hosting, and all your hard work over at Merry Monday!
I just realized that in my soon to be my new sewing space is a ceiling fan with a pull. I have shells that I collected when I lived on the west coast and am going to do this!
Thank you for a simple but GREAT idea!
Jane in London, Ontario, Canada
Hi Jane! I’m envious…a sewing room? Lucky girl! A shell fan pull would be perfect in a sewing room. Plus, yours would be extra special since you have special memories attached:) Thanks for stoping by and leaving a sweet comment 🙂
[email protected] Interior Frugalista says
Wendi, these are so creative and perfect for your coastal home – great idea!
Thanks Marie! I’ve had a great time with these and they look great in the house:) Thanks for stopping by!
Therese @ Fresh Idea Studio says
Love this little DIY Wendi! What a cute way to dress up plain pulls!
You’re right Therese, they add a little beachy charm to my ceiling fans. I had no problem changing out my old scratched up plain pulls for these. Of course I had to make a bunch more for all my fans. But… loving that I didn’t have to spend $8 a fan pull and mine are every bit as cute as the ones in the gift stores!
Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule says
Those are completely adorable Wendi!!! I love them.
Thanks Nancy! It’s always fun to make something we use a lot…and our fans, we really use! I loved how simple this was to make too.
Kalyn Brooke | Creative Savings says
These are adorable and so easy too! Thanks for sharing – I’ve been needing a few more projects to use up all the shells I bring home from the beach. 🙂
Kalyn, These are a fantastic way to use shells you’ve collected. Plus, so useful. I love that everytime I use the fan pull I remember a special beach day when we found that shell. Thank you so much for your visit & comment!