How to Make Hand Fans From Cardboard Paper

Hand fans can keep you cool in the summer heat.
Hand fans can keep you cool in the summer heat. (Image: chinese refined blue fold silk fan,unfold,vetical image by zhigong 志功 Zhang 张 from

Hand fans can help you cool yourself off when you are outdoors in the heat for long periods of time, such as during a sporting event or a festival. Although you can buy hand fans at a sporting goods or party supply store, you can also make your own hand fans using materials that can be found around the house, such as cardboard. Once finished, you can carry your hand fan in your backpack to fan yourself off when you feel overheated.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard paper
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Stapler
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue stick
  • Wooden paint stick

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Cut a sheet of cardboard paper to measure 16 inches wide, 10 inches long.

Fold the cardboard paper back and forth in an accordion manner, starting at one of the 16-inch sides and working towards the opposite side.

Staple the middle of the folded paper.

Place the form horizontally onto a table top.

Bend the right and left bottom ends together, and staple them.

Bend the right and left top ends together, and staple them.

Hot glue the end of a wooden paint stick onto the fan. Allow the glue to cool and harden before using the fan.


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