How to Make a Plastic Fan

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Create this cute and clever plastic fork fan for a wedding shower, a wedding reception or a baby shower. It really is beautiful, and most people have to look twice to realize the base is made up of plastic forks. This project is easy enough for a beginner and would make a great bridal party project to help prepare for a wedding. Have everyone make one, or set up an assembly line to pass each plastic fork fan around for the next step. For the sake of instruction, I used pink and blue ribbon. Feel free to use any color you desire.

Things You'll Need

  • 13 plastic forks
  • 2 1/4 yards of 5/8-inch wide pink satin ribbon
  • 2 1/4 yards of 5/8-inch wide blue satin ribbon
  • 1/2 yard of 2 1/2-inch wide white gathered lace
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Three white daisies
  • Hot-glue the handle tips of the forks together by stacking them. Position the tines of the forks so that they lay beside each other. As you continue to glue more forks together, they will form a natural fan shape. Allow the hot glue to cool solid before continuing.

  • Weave the pink satin ribbon around the plastic fork handles. Begin on the left side, approximately 2 inches from the glued tip. Weave over the first handle and under the next, all the way across , ending with the ribbon over the last plastic fork handle. Cut the ends 1/2 inch past the sides, and hot-glue them to the back of the plastic fork fan.

  • Weave the blue satin ribbon around the plastic fork handles. Begin on the left side, above the pink satin ribbon. Weave under the first handle and over the next, all the way across, ending with the ribbon under the last plastic fork handle. Cut the ends, and glue them to the back of each end fork.

  • Repeat Steps 2 and 3 for a total of three pink rows and two blue rows.

  • Weave the blue satin ribbon for row six under the first plastic fork tine and over the next. Repeat the pattern across the fan. Cut the ends, and glue them to the backs of the first and last tines.

  • Weave the pink satin ribbon over the first plastic fork tine and under the next for row seven. Repeat the pattern across the fan. Cut the end 1/2 inch longer than the edge of the plastic fork fan, and glue it to the back.

  • Glue the white gathered lace across the top edge of the tines. Fold under each end a 1/4 inch to the back of the fan.

  • Cut the remaining ribbon, each 30 inches long. Hold them together in the middle, and tie a simple bow.

  • Glue the flowers to the base of the fan where the plastic forks were connected. Glue the bow below the flowers.

Tips & Warnings

  • This project has been successfully kid-tested with 10 year olds. Hot glue gun supervision is recommended.

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