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Summer cool oriental fan
As summer approaches it is always nice to be able to keep cool, this paper fan is fun to make and looks really pretty.

Posted by Darcy UK from Middlesbrough, England, United Kingdom • Published See Darcy UK's 7 projects »
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  • How to make a fan. Summer Cool - Step 1
    Step 1

    I saw lots of paper fans on the internet, but I wanted mine to be light and delicate, so I decided to use Deli paper. I wasn't sure how Letraset promarkers (you could use Copics or other permanent markers) would react to the shiny dry waxed side, so I played around for a while and discovered they work great. They don't dry immediately like they do on more porous surfaces, this made them easy to blend.

    So I started by taking 2 sheets of deli paper, and using Memento ink in black, I stamped all over the sheets with some flower stamps.

  • How to make a fan. Summer Cool - Step 2
    Step 2

    Once my flowers were all coloured in, I glued a, blank, piece of deli paper to the back of each of the coloured pieces to add a little strength, then I added a light coat of matte medium to the front. This again adds a little strength.

  • How to make a fan. Summer Cool - Step 3
    Step 3

    Next I folded the papers, concertina style, and glued the 2 sheets together, making one larger piece.

  • How to make a fan. Summer Cool - Step 4
    Step 4

    and tie with a piece of thread that has been coloured with one of the markers.

  • How to make a fan. Summer Cool - Step 5
    Step 5

    Now the fan can be brought around so that two short ends meat, these are now glued together.

  • How to make a fan. Summer Cool - Step 6
    Step 6

    I cut 2 lengths of chipboard and coloured them with brown markers.

  • How to make a fan. Summer Cool - Step 7
    Step 7

    These are glued to the outer edges of the fan.

  • How to make a fan. Summer Cool - Step 8
    Step 8

    Now you have a workable fan, but we need the 'legs' to stay together.

  • How to make a fan. Summer Cool - Step 9
    Step 9

    I coloured some ribbon and some beads with my markers.

  • How to make a fan. Summer Cool - Step 10
    Step 10

    Finally i punched a small hole in one of the chipboard sticks and added the ribbon and 2 beads,The ribbon and beads hold the fan closed when not in use, but also hold the handle part together when the fan is being used.

  • How to make a fan. Summer Cool - Step 11
    Step 11

    Pretty and delicate and works perfectly.....ahhh cool breeze!

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