How to Make a Korean Fan

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Things You'll Need

  • 2 feet by 3 feet piece of paper

  • Ruler

  • Paint

  • Paintbrushes

  • Glue

  • Bamboo skewers

  • Stapler

  • 2 Popsicle sticks

  • Ribbon

  • 3-foot feathered boa

Use a thin strand from a feathered boa to finish off your fan.

Spend an afternoon expanding your kids' cultural horizons and it will help you keep your cool. Besides being a portable air conditioning, fans have been used for many things over the centuries including fighting, communicating and dancing. Korean fan dancing, in particular, is known for its complexity and beauty. Making your own version of a Korean fan is easy; the dancing, however, might take a little longer to learn.


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Step 1

Lay the paper out flat and measure 6 inches up from the bottom. Decorate the upper portion of the paper with floral designs or butterflies. Allow the paint to dry, then turn the sheet over and repeat.

Step 2

Fold the paper accordion style with a valley fold followed by a mountain fold across the entire sheet. Close the fan and lay it flat. Starting 2 inches up from the bottom of the fan, cut a 6-inch groove that reaches into about one-third of the width of the folded portions.


Step 3

Open the fan with the cut-out portion facing up. Glue a bamboo skewer into each valley fold across the fan. The bottom of the skewers should reach 2 inches into the groove that you cut out of the bottom.

Step 4

Staple the bottom of the fan shut. Glue a Popsicle stick on each side of the handle. The stick and skewers should almost meet in the handle; the Popsicle sticks should extend below the cut groove. Wrap the ribbon around the cut-out portion of the handle to strengthen it.


Step 5

Open the fan. Glue the feather boa along the top of the fan, placing glue only on the flat portions of the fan and not in the creases or peaks of the folds. Allow the glue to dry.


Paint the Popsicle sticks and bamboo skewers to match your fan for a more finished look.


Painting the decorations thickly will interfere with folding the fan.


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