Paper fans

Paper fans tutorial

Giant paper fans and rosettes are easy to make and are gorgeous wall art and party backdrops.

Paper-fans

You will need

  • cardboard in colours of your choice (you can use lighter-weight paper, but we wanted stronger fans)
  • glue gun and glue sticks (or strong craft glue and pegs or paperclips)
  • ruler
  • string

To make

FOR A LARGE FAN

Step 1

Make a long concertina by folding cardboard in neat, equal width zigzag folds.

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Step 2

You can join pieces of cardboard end to end with Scotch tape or glue.

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Step 3

Join enough pieces to be able to bring the ends round in a full circle.

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Step 4

Glue or tape the ends together and press all along the glued edge.

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Step 5

Cut a matching circle from the card and glue over the centre to finish off.

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Step 6

To reinforce the fan, glue another circle to the back of the fan.

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FOR SMALLER FANS

Step 1

Make a long concertina by folding the cardboard as in step 1.

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Step 2

Join two pieces of folded card if necessary.

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Step 3

Use the length of the fold as the radius of the fan as in step 1, mark the halfway point on both end pieces and fold the fan outward.

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Step 4

Cover the joins with a cardboard circle.

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Step 5

Tie the fan closed using string.

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Step 6

Trim the edges to neaten the fans if necessary.

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Step 7

Fan out the edges and glue together. Use paperclips to hold edges together as the glue dries.

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Step 8

Cover the joins with a cardboard circle.

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Note To hang the fans, make a hanging loop out of kitchen string by using two dots of
strong glue with the glue gun, catching both ends of the string on opposite sides of a ‘V’.

Tip Depending on the stiffness of your cardboard, folding the board precisely can be quite tricky. For really neat folds, position a ruler along the top of your cardboard, aligning the top edge. Fold the paper towards you, using the ruler, up to a 90° angle. Press the ruler against the card to make an indentation. Remove the ruler from the fold and use your hands to flatten the fold all along the edge. Turn the cardboard over and fold the card the other way. Now you can use the first fold as your guide. Make the second fold by completing the ‘Z’ in the same way, making a small fold near the centre, which you flatten out along the length. Turn the board over and repeat.

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