- Popsicle sticks (make sure they’re at least .5 inches wide)
- Double sided tape
- Variety of fabrics and patterned papers
Assemble your popsicle sticks and double sided tape. Put tape on both sides of the popsicle sticks but do not remove the protective paper.
You’ll need to make a template for the fan, or you can buy a fan that’s similar and take it apart to trace. You can trace the pattern onto plain card stock for the fans you want to cover with fabric. Use scrap-booking paper, or thicker patterned paper to make your other fans with.
First trace the pattern onto the scrapbooking paper you want to use. Then cut it out accordingly. When you’re all cut out you can fold the fan in half. Make sure to make a crisp seam where its folded so it doesn’t gap open. Then place your popsicle stick in the middle of the fan and press down firmly to stick. Remove the paper from the double stick tape on the popsicle stick and then press the fan to close.
First trace the fan template onto a plain piece of card stock and cut it out. Then use spray adhesive to mount the fabric to the template. Make sure you smooth out the fabric once it’s stuck to the card stock. Cut off the extra fabric with a rotary cutter or super sharp scissors. When you’re done with that, repeat the same steps to fold and close the fan with the handle as you would in the paper fan steps.
We added something extra to these fans by stitching around the edges of both the fabric and the paper fans with pink thread. The sewn edges just add a little more whimsey to the fans and make them feel more important. We used the zig-zag stitch.
Source: Silver in the City