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Ever wished you could make DIY fans that are just like the Japanese and Spanish fans for your wedding, craft project or special occasion? The truth is: It is never impossible for you to create your own great fans with these tips and tricks for how to make DIY folding fans and personal folding fans:
Prepare your DIY folding fan frame.
Folding fans are usually made of durable and reusable wood, bamboo or gilded plastic frames, so you can really bring your old, yet unbroken hand fan frame for recycling in this project.
Alternatively, you can buy old stock from a craft store or shop for frames, which are often ready to be finished with a paper or fabric sheet. Most importantly, check out how secure the metal rivets on the frames are to make sure they don't make your DIY fans break when used.
Make a crescent shaped paper or fabric sheet.
Make your fan fan blade, or use it from your old folding fan as a pattern and then fix the creases on it to prepare them for your folding fans. Attach the latter to your fan's wood or plastic frame by applying glue to begin on one of the protective side and repeat the same process with all the ribs until you reach the other protective side of the fan.
Decorate your new hand fan blade.
Make your DIY fans available by decorating them with your own artwork or a design that makes them unique for your wedding or special occasion, such as of:
- Paint their leaves and frame with enamel or acrylic paint in pastel or vibrant colors to match your occasion's theme or motif;
- Create a design on computer software and use your crescent-shaped paper or sheet of cloth as a cloth for the same; or,
- Decorate them with lace, beads, ribbons, paper or fabric cutouts, faux flowers, rhinestone, lashes, tinsel and many others.
Carefully open and close your DIY fans first and until all of its folds are firmly established. When you give them as gifts, you can simply tie them with a bow, wrap them in a box or make them into a matching paper or fabric bag that will serve as their exclusive and specially designed gift box and protective bag. Make your DIY fans in different colors and styles or in matching designs to make them perfect and unique for your wedding or special occasion.