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Thursday, November 24, 2011

DIY: How to make paper fans for decoration

Decorating this Christmas is a fun task for family to do together. But Christmas decorating can also be expensive. With all the gifts and girls holiday dresses you need to buy for Christmas, you might not have enough money to buy great decorations. But fret not! You can still have a great christmas decoration without spending too much. Just get pretty craft papers and make your own decoration.

Here are some ideas for Christmas decoration: A paper fan  that you can hang on the ceiling is always affordable and nice. Just choose the material that will fit the Christmas theme.


A large sheet of paper ( size is your preference)
Some string

To create your fan shape lay your paper flat and begin to fold width-ways backwards and forwards in equal 2-3cm sections ( depending on size).

Once you have folded your whole sheet you can now snip each end into a petal shape. If you want to leave plain you can ( examples are in image above)

Next fold in half and crease along the center line, unfold and tie string with a tight knot to secure. Allow enough string to hang and snip off extra end.

Open up fan and staple side to side.

Now have your fan why not try making a few in different colours, they look great together!


YOU WILL NEED per rosette
2 x sheets A1 contrasting paper
Pack of crepe paper
Thin wire
Ribbon - to hang
Firstly decide on your colour scheme and where you want each colour. You will use the width of a whole sheet of A1 paper as the background rosette ring, adding different coloured rings to build the design.

Lay both sheets of the A1 paper one over the top of the other and fold them together into a fan shape. To do this fold the papers back and forward in roughly 6cm widths, making sure to create crisp folds.Once both papers are fully folded, separate them and trim both the ends into petal shapes.

Cut one of the pieces of paper about 10cm shorter either side so it has space around it when forming the middle rosette ring.

Combine them once again and place them exactly in their folds, making sure the centre piece is in the middle.

To add the crepe paper, cut a length about 1/2 the width of the A1 background sheet. Place this centrally following the folds of the paper, working your way from one end to the other using your fingers to place in the creases. Cut away any extra length.

When all the papers are lined up correctly fold the fan in half to find the central point. Wrap the wire around in a loop securing tightly. Unfold your rosette and secure each end by stapling.

From the extra paper, cut out a circle and glue to the center of the rosette.

Use the wire to attach a ribbon and hang at your desired location.


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