Fireworks Fans

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

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July/August 2000


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.


  • Paper, 1 1/2 times as long as it is wide

  • Stapler

  • Scissors

  • Craft glue

  • Thin pieces of wood

  • Colored twine (optional)


  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. 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. 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.


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