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Ever wished you can make DIY folding fans that are just like the Japanese and Spanish fans for your wedding, craft project, or special occasions? The truth is: It is never impossible for you to make your own stylish fans with these tips and tricks on how to make DIY folding fans and personalized folding fans:
Prepare your DIY folding fan's frame.
Folding fans are usually made of durable and reusable wooden, bamboo, or gilded plastic frames, so you can verily take your old but still unbroken hand fans' frame for recycling in this project.
Alternatively, you can purchase old stocks from a craft store or shop for frames, which are often ready to be finished with a paper or fabric leaf. Most importantly, check how secured the metal rivets of the frames are to ensure that they won't cause your DIY fans to break apart when used.
Make a half-moon-shaped paper or fabric leaf.
Make your hand fan's leaf, or use the one from your old folding fan as pattern, and then establish folds on it to prepare them for your folding fans. Stick the latter onto your fan's wooden or plastic frame by applying glue onto starting on one of the guard side and repeating this same process with all the ribs until you reach the other guard side of the fan.
Decorate your new hand fan leaf.
Make your DIY fans presentable by decorating them with your own artwork or a design that will make them unique for your wedding or special occasion, such as by:
- Paint their leaf and frame with enamel or acrylic paint in pastel or vibrant colors to match your occasion's theme or motif;
- Creating a design on computer software and use your half-moon-shaped paper or fabric leaf as the canvas for the same; or,
- Embellish them with lace, beads, ribbons, paper or fabric cutouts, faux flowers, rhinestones, fringes, glitters, and many others.
Carefully open and close your DIY fans at first and until all its folds are properly established. When giving them as gifts, you can simply tie them with a bow, wrap them inside a box, or make them a matching paper or fabric pouch that will serve as their exclusive and specially-designed gift wrapper and protective pouch. Make your DIY fans in different colors and styles or in matching designs to make them perfect and unique for your wedding or special occasions.