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How to Make Paper Fans for Summer

A Cute and Energy-Efficient Cooling Option in 9 Easy Steps

 

The summer season is the start of many things - balmy temperatures, outdoor dining and entertaining, and fans. If you're a savvy host, you've already installed a decorative outdoor fan or plugged in a vintage-inspired pedestal fan to keep your guests cool. If you haven't, there's still a way to hold onto your great host status - paper fans.

Paper Fans

Yes, paper fans. Handheld paper fans are an inexpensive way for guests to stay comfortable under the sun. They're cute and energy efficient, and did we mention they're super easy to make? Dust off your grammar school arts & craft skills or better yet, follow our quick tutorial below (adapted from Celebrate Always).

 

How to Make a Paper Fan StepsMaterials Needed

  • 12” x 12” decorative card stock
  • Scissors
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Decorative string or twine
  • Glue gun
  • Ruler (optional)

 

9 Steps + 1 Tip for Perfect Paper Fan

  1. Fold and cut card stock into 4 equal pieces
  2. Fold first piece in ½-inch accordion-style pleats
  3. Tip: Measure and score the card stock before folding for near-perfect pleats
  4. Trim any uneven ends – use pinking shears to create a decorative pattern
  5. Pinch the paper in the center and fold in half
  6. Glue ends together
  7. Repeat x3
  8. Glue folded pieces together
  9. Glue Popsicle sticks to the fan ends
  10. Tie popsicle sticks together with decorative string or twine

 

Additional Tips

 

We used the same decorative paper to create a solid-print handheld fan, but you can different colors and patterns to create a unique look. Here are some suggestions.

  • Choose monochromatic colors to create an ombre effect
  • Pair graphic patterns with bold colors like blue, green, and red
  • Use tissue paper for a light, fluttery look and effect
  • Upcycle paper from old books, magazines and newspapers for a no-cost project
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