It’s pride month, and dang, summer is hot this year. With very little rain around to cool down with, I needed something that’ll take the edge off the summer sun. So, I did what anyone would do: I made some paper fans! But of course, I wanted to keep it Pride-themed, because what is Pride without showing off your flag?
These fans are easy to make and look so pretty. With their bright colours, they just make me want to wave them to the world! The best part is, they’re functional, and will cool you down much faster than regular paper fans. With the summer heat as hot as it is this year, I can’t resist fanning myself with these cute paper fans. They’re foldable, too, which means that when you’re done, just fold them away for easy storage!
I recommend making a whole bunch of these paper fans, because they make perfect gifts for family and friends. Don’t forget to show me your paper fans in the comments below, or with the hashtag #ConfoundedDIY on social media. If you want more LGBT themed crafts to try this Pride month, check out here!
- 2 A4 sheets of paper
- Thick cardboard
- Wrapping paper (optional)
- Sewing needle & Thread
- Cut both sheets of paper in half, length ways. You will now have four sheets.
- Glue three sheets together so that you have one long piece of paper. Discord the fourth sheet.
- Draw five lines across your paper, equally spaced apart. A ruler will help you.
- Colour the lines in with marker in the colours of the LGBT flag. You will now have a very long flag.
- Fold your long flag with a zigzag fold, as you would with a normal paper fan. Try to keep the folds roughly 2cm in width.
- With the flag folded, you will need to sew. Carefully sew through the bottom right corner of the flag, then sew the bottom left. Use the image below as a guide.
- With the fan still folded, tie the loose ends of string together tightly. If you open you fan now, it will form a circle.
- Cut out two long strips of cardboard with a width of 3cm. These will be the handles for your fan.
- (Optional) Cover the strips of cardboard with wrapping paper to make them look pretty.
- With the fan closed, glue the cardboard strips on either side of the fan. The edge of the handles must be in line with the bottom edge of the fan for it to open properly.
- Let the glue dry completely before use.
- (To use) Open your fan, and slide a paperclip into the handles to keep them open.
If you want to make a fan with a different flag, then you will need to adjust the stripes on the paper to match the flag you prefer.