Paper Fans

Chances are that most of you have made a paper fan at some point in your life. 

Paper fans are quick, easy and fun! 

Try these unique materials for your next fan.

Computer Paper Stationary – Left over pieces from your last project

Travel magazines – When you get home from a trip, before you recycle the travel magazines, flip through and tear out the maps and full page pictures to use in the construction of your next fan.
Magazines – Before recylcing your magazines, tear out the pages with full color photos.  This will personalize your fan with your favorite hobby or interests. (trains, dogs, horses, flowers, fishing etc.)

Maps-Got an old map? Cut it into 8 1/2″ x 11″ pieces and use to construct a  a very unique fan.

Wrapping Paper- Use paper that is heavier, or foil,  cut into 8 1/2″ x 11″ pieces.

Photos printed on the computer – personalize and experiment with your favorite picture or group of pictures.  After you fold the fan, what does it look like?

Colored construction paper- decorate with markers or your favorite stickers.
White computer paper- Colored pencils, crayons, water colors, glue and glitter, stickers etc. can be used to decorate both sides of  the 11 x 8 1/2-inch paper, personalizing your fan.   

 No matter what source you use for your paper fan, the creation procedure is the same.

1.  Beginning at the short side, fold over and under, making  approximately 3/4 inch wide strips,
     down length of the paper.
2.  Hold one end of the folded paper firmly and staple together.
3.  If desired, you can punch a hole through the stapled end, then tie colored ribbon or yarn through
     the hole to make streamers for the end of your fan.
4. Hold the stapled end of your fan, flip your wrist rapidly so that the fan creates air movement…
relax and enjoy the breeze!

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