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Fireworks Fans

Fanciful hand fans, with their bright colors and sunburst profiles, bring the joy of a fireworks display to the table.

Introduction

Different sizes gathered in a bowl of sand form a centerpiece, while tiny fans top swizzle sticks and large ones serve as personal climate control.

You can create them in just about any size: Our largest air movers are eight inches across, and the swizzle-stick toppers are only three inches from tip to tip.

Materials

  • Paper, 1 1/2 times as long as it is wide
  • Stapler
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Thin pieces of wood
  • Colored twine (optional)

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Begin with a sheet of paper as wide as you want your fan to be and about 1 1/2 times as long. Accordion-fold the paper.

  2. Step 2

    Hold the folded paper closed, and staple it in the center with the staple perpendicular to the folds. Cut a curved profile at each end.

  3. Step 3

    Splay the fan so that the open edges of one side meet. Lay a thin line of craft glue along these edges. Press the glued edges together, and secure with a paper clip until the glue dries. You will now have a partially opened fan. Glue a thin strip of wood, such as a wooden coffee stirrer, to each side of the open V. If you want to keep the fan permanently open, tie the handle sticks together with colored twine.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, July/August 2000