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Monday, June 28, 2010

Kid Craft: Paper Fans

Change of plans or should I say fans? I had planned on posting a different project for today but it still needs some tweaking. I've got my fingers crossed that I'll be able to share it next Monday. In the mean time, I offer you this easy paper fan tutorial. It's made out of one of my favorite craft supplies, popsicle sticks. Creating something amazing with popsicle sticks and toilet paper rolls is like the holy grail of craft projects for me. I'm always striding to make something exceptional. And I truly believe if you can make something great with these two supplies, you can conquer the crafting world. Am I getting a little dramatic here? Okay, lets move on then.

On to the fan tutorial. This project is good for ages seven and up. If you want to make it into a preschool project, I recommend letting the child decorate the paper used for the fan, that would be their contribution.

Sand Paper
2 Popsicle Sticks
Paper - 4 1/4" x 7"
Embroidery Thread
Sewing Needle
Beads - optional

Click on images for a larger view.

1. Have an adult drill a hole at one end of each popsicle stick. Sand around hole.
2. Fold paper accordion style. Make sure the thickness of the folds is no larger than the width of the popsicle sticks.

3. Once you completed folding the paper, punch a small hole through the bottom of all folds.
4. Glue edge of paper to popsicle stick. Make sure to line up the holes.

5. Glue a popsicle stick at the other end.
6. Thread needle through all the holes of the popsicle sticks and paper.

7. Tie a tight knot at the bottom. And some beads to the ends for decoration. Done. To keep closed, use a tiny child hairband to wrap around the top.


Oh Swizzle Sticks! said...

Awesome!!!! I cannot wait to whip up some of these with a 4th of July theme for this weekend's festivities. Thanks so very much for posting!

genie said...

And to think my granddaughter was here all weekend...I would love to have made one of your fans with her..instead we did Shrinky DInk necklaces. This idea is one where a 5 year old will not get tired and want to quit....next time we will do it. Genie

Melissa said...

Great idea! I love this project!

silentai. said...

ahh! super kawaii!! (: must do this!

Beth said...

So cute, love it!

Maeve Rachel said...

You always have such fantastic ideas! =) Love it!

Marie {Make and Takes} said...

Soooo cute. I love this. We can make the simple paper ones, but I love how professional this one looks.

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Oh how pretty! What a fun project. Thanks so much for the idea, I'll be linking.

Rebecca said...

This is a great project! I write a column for a free online newspaper (Examiner.com) about crafting on a budget. I've been wanting to feature some low cost children's crafts. Would you mind if I featured this project? I would credit the idea and photo back to you, of course. Please let me know if this is okay with you. Thanks!

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Anonymous said...

I tried this and it's a little hard to use scissors instead of a drill, but it's cute! the problem is, how to hold it... ;)

Rose :: Fine Craft Guild .com said...

amazing how much fun kids can have making a simple thing as a fan. i love personal fans! thank you for the wonderful photo.

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