How to Make Paper Hand Fans

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How to Make Paper Hand Fans
The hand fan dates back to 4,000 years ago, in Egypt. (palme en éventail image by Unclesam from

Years ago, paper hand fans were a blessing when breezes disappeared. Nowadays, instead of functional reasons, they are more commonly used for decorative purposes. Kids enjoy the easy crafting of paper hand fans. Simple fans can be made by young children, with a little help from an adult. Older children can get a little more creative with glue and embellishments.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • 11-by-13-inch sheet construction paper
  • Stapler and staples
  • Glue
  • 2 ice cream sticks

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  1. 1

    Fold a 3/4-inch wide fold down the length of the construction paper.

  2. 2

    Continue folding over and under, across the length of the paper, turning over before each fold. Each fold should rest atop the previous fold. The construction paper resembles an accordion when completed.

  3. 3

    Hold the folded fan firmly, allowing all 3 three inches at the bottom to fan out. Staple the bottom 3 inches together with several staples.

  4. 4

    Glue one wooden ice cream stick to each side of the stapled bottom with craft glue. This is your fan handle.

Tips and warnings

  • Embellish the fan by gluing wide lace to the top of your hand fan before folding.
  • Use white construction paper and crayons to colour each 3/4-inch strip a different colour.

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