DIY fan question

posted 3 years ago in DIY
Post # 2
Member
715 posts
Busy bee

oilfieldhoney:  So this is essentially a paper plate glued to a stick? sorry to say but that’s really not classy… (if you’re set on the idea maybe try with a different paper plate that has a more “classy” pattern or no pattern at all) 

<br />about the other one… i am not sure how sturdy that will be; we recieved an invitation like this and it looked crumbled and really cheap right from the start; so doing this paper + paper lace thing for a fan, i am really not sure if it will acually be working… but i’ve seen so many cute handmade fans, just check pinterest / google image a little more & hopefully you’ll find something you like that’s easy to make…

Post # 3
Hostess
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

It would be possible to get a border punch and use cardstock to create the doile look – making it more sturdy.

The first option you have… eh. I really don’t like, at all. It looks cheap and you can really tell it’s just a paper plate glued on a stick.

If you use either, use the second.

Post # 7
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42546 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

oilfieldhoney: You can easily make the fan in your pic using two circles of cardstock for a more elegant look.

Lay one circle down on the table, spread glue on the backside, apply the doily, glue in the wooden handle, then apply glue to the backside of the fan on which you have printed the program and add it to the pile.

For strength I would consider stapling the handle in place. You can use colored staples.

Here’s another DIY doily fan. I would just use cardstock in the color of my choice rather than paint. It does not work for having a program on the back though.

http://rmirac.wordpress.com/2013/07/21/diy-paper-fans/

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Post # 8
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9533 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

oilfieldhoney:  I kind of love the simplicity of the first one, but I agree it’s a little much for a wedding. I did program fans and ran into the same question. I actually just used a heavy cardstock, printed and folded in half, glued together with a stick in the middle and rounded the corners. It was pretty easy. As for making it more sturdy – the solution is to use an extra long stick. They sell them at Michael’s but you have to make sure you’re getting the long ones. I tried doubling up on cardstock and really heavy cardstock and none of it worked well until I tried to the long sticks – definitely the best way to go. 

 

Post # 10
Member
9533 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

oilfieldhoney:  A paint stirrer sounds like a great idea! Bascially you want the stick to be almost as big as your fan, plus the length of the handle.

Post # 11
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42546 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

oilfieldhoney:  Just a tip. If you want to direct your response to a specific person, click on reply at the end of their post.

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