Whether it hand-painted by you or is a classical treasure from the Far East, display your ornamental folding fan on the wall to provide your home with a decoration that is a refreshing departure from typical, framed artwork. Place your fan in a shadow box for mounting it to the wall, thus eliminating the need to puncture holes in or use tape on the fan. A shadowbox frames and protects the fan from potential external threats, such as the sun or kids with oily or dirty hands.
Things You'll Need
Tape measure or straightedge
Sawtooth picture hanger (optional)
Hanging nail or screw
Hammer or drill
Measure the width and height of the fan when it is fully open. Add 2 to 4 inches to each measurement to determine the shadow box width and height.
Purchase a shadow box with the determined dimensions from a framing shop. Purchase your shadow box with fabric lining, or add fabric on your own using fabric glue. Another option is to paint the inside of the shadow box. Purchase a box with UV-filtering glazing to prevent sun damage.
Nail a saw tooth picture hanger to the top center of the back of the shadow box, if it is not already equipped with a picture hanger.
Place the fan in the box. Secure the back of the fan to the shadowbox backing at just a few, evenly-spaced points, using acid-free, archival, low-tack or removable artist's tape.
Scan the wall at the desired hanging spot with a stud finder to locate the nearest wall stud. Drive the hanging nail or screw into the stud for secure mounting. If a stud is unavailable in the exact hanging location, drill a pilot hole in the drywall, insert a wall anchor into the hole and drive the hanging screw into the anchor.
Hang the shadow box on the wall. Place a level on the top edge and adjust for evenness.