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Floral Paper Fans

To keep your wedding guests from overheating at an outdoor summer fete, pass out handmade fans -- trust us, they'll be grateful.
Martha Stewart Weddings, Summer 2009

Portland, Oregon-based artist Julianna Swaney created the beautiful artwork on these fans. The illustration was "inspired by the Victorian era, which is a perfect mix of the strange and beautiful," Swaney says. You can find her work at ohmycavalier.com.

To make these beautiful fans, download the PDF and print onto card stock or heavy paper. If you'd like a monogram in the center, ask a calligrapher to create one for you. You can have the calligrapher write on each fan, or you could scan the monogram (or find one in a clip-art book), and use a desktop publishing software to layer it on top of the PDF before printing the fans.

Use large scissors to cut around the outline using long, smooth strokes (cut just inside the line). Lay the front of the fan face down, and run a glue stick around the outside edge. Then run the glue stick over both sides of one end of the wooden spoon, and lay the spoon in position at the bottom of the fan.

Place the back of the fan over the front, aligning the edges and sandwiching the wooden spoon between the layers. Rub firmly around the edges and over the spoon to help the glue adhere. Tie a ribbon around the handle, and trim ends at an angle.

Comments (16)

  • 30 Jan, 2013

    The pdf link is not working. Please fix it :)

  • 24 Nov, 2012

    the pdf link don't work?

  • 24 Nov, 2012

    pdf link not working?

  • 19 Jul, 2011

    i used heavy weight matte card stock. as for the wooden spoons I found large popsicle sticks at my local craft store. You can also go to nasco.com they have them there.

  • 18 Jun, 2011

    We are going to print the programs on the fans. (Kill 2 birds w/ one stone :)

  • 10 Jun, 2010

    Has anyone done this

  • 7 Jun, 2010

    If anyone has done these fans, can you tell me what kind of card stock you used? I know that card stock comes in different weights as well as non-coated, matte and glossy finish. Did you try any of those?

  • 11 Apr, 2010

    Does anyone know where to find the wooden spoons?

  • 11 Apr, 2010

    Does anyone know where to find the wooden spoons?

  • 2 Apr, 2010

    The PDF can only be changed using a program that edits PDF files, such as illustrator or photoshop. If you go to the filter that adjusts colors, you can make the design any color, including grey, but the text box keeps a white background. I hope this helps :)

  • 25 Mar, 2010

    Love this fan, but need to change the color and artwork. Has anyone figured out how to change the color and artwork?

  • 12 Mar, 2010

    Has anyone figured out how to change the color on the template?

  • 11 Feb, 2010

    I was wondering the same thing. Is there a way to change the color?

  • 16 Sep, 2009

    I love this template! Is there a way to change the color of the graphic??