How to Make Folding Fans


Fans have been used for centuries as an elegant way to keep cool. All cultures have fans of some sort, with many decorating them so elaborately that they become functional pieces of art. Fans can either be painted or decorated with appliques. They can even be left plain for a sense of elegant simplicity. However you decide to adorn your fan, you'll know that you'll be able to keep cool in DIY style.

Things You'll Need

  • Card stock
  • 1/4 inch wide silk ribbon
  • Glue
  • Create a stencil. Draw a fan blade on a piece of cardboard or cardstock. It should look like the blade of a ceiling fan, only smaller (about 6 inches long). Use this stencil to cut out eight identical blades from your cardstock.

  • At the smaller end of each blade, use a hole punch to punch a hole about 1/4 inch from the tip.

  • If you'd like to decorate your fan, now is the time to do it. Use stamps or paint designs freehand onto the blades.

  • String the blades onto a piece of ribbon, using the holes you've just punched. If you've decorated the blades, make sure the decorated sides are all facing the same way. Tie the ribbon into a knot.

  • Spread the blades out to the extent you'd like them to unfold when the fan is complete. Glue another piece of ribbon toward the left side of the back of each blade.

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