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DIY Summer Fans

DIY Summer Fans

Ali Fedotowsky-Manno is keeping you cool this summer with these DIYs.
Materials for Square Paper Fan
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue
  • Colorful heavy weight paper (card stock)
  • Large popsicle sticks
  • Desired decorative materials i.e. markers, paint, stamps.
Materials for Circle Accordion Paper Fan
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue
  • Thin wooden sticks
  • Colorful paper
Materials for Fabric Folding Fan
  • Fabric scissors
  • Wire cutters
  • Hot glue
  • Mod podge
  • Fabric
  • 10 thin wooden sticks
  • Wire or metal pin
  • Pearl/metal embellishment
  • Chalk


Directions for Square Paper Fan

1. Cut two pieces of paper to desired size 7x7”*

2. Glue one popsicle stick in between the tips of two other popsicle sticks, so that one sticks up, supporting the fan inside

3. Decorate the pieces of paper as you wish

4. Line up the pieces of paper and glue the top edge

5. Glue onto support stick and seal edges

Directions for Circle Accordion Paper Fan

1. Cut a square piece of paper in half
2. Cut one of the halves in half, creating two squares and a rectangle
3. fold the paper over and under 1/2” at a time to create an accordion fold (folding the rectangular piece on the shorter axis)
4. Add dabs of hot glue tacking the corners of the folds together along the bottom edge, this creates the center point of your circle
5. Hot glue the edges of the squares to each side of the rectangle, leaving one edge unglued - this creates a flexible “V” shape that looks like a slice of the pie is missing
6. Glue one wooden stick to the back side of each edge of the “V”, leaving enough exposed for a hand’s grasp

Directions for Fabric Folding Fan

1. Poke a hole 1/2” from the bottom of each the sticks in the center

2. Stack the sticks on top of each other pushing metal pin through the holes

3. fold up pin to create stop on either side of the sticks

4. Hot glue embellishment on top of pin fold securing it in place

5. Draw a small arc then spread the sticks out evenly with the crest of the arc about three inches from the bottom of the center sticks

6. In chalk, trace the arc that the sticks create, as well as the sides (giving about 1/2” seam allowance for sides)

7. Cut out two of the pattern pieces in fabric

8. Apply mod podge to the sticks, making sure they are spaced evenly place fabric on top and smooth over with fingers until firmly glued

9. Repeat on other side

10. On the side, trim one edge of the seam allowance on each side down

11. fold remaining allowance over the back to form a clean edge on the front of the fan

12. Mod podge down well to prevent fraying


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