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

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.

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Comments (17)

Anonymous
June 12, 2015
The PDF link works now.... Making these with Chopsticks as a handle ( sturdier and good way to recycle unused take out supplies )
Anonymous
January 30, 2013
The pdf link is not working. Please fix it :)
Anonymous
November 24, 2012
the pdf link don't work?
Anonymous
November 24, 2012
pdf link not working?
Anonymous
July 19, 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.
noxvilnana2
June 18, 2011
We are going to print the programs on the fans. (Kill 2 birds w/ one stone :)
Anonymous
June 10, 2010
Has anyone done this
Anonymous
June 7, 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?
Anonymous
April 11, 2010
Does anyone know where to find the wooden spoons?
Anonymous
April 11, 2010
Does anyone know where to find the wooden spoons?
Anonymous
April 2, 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 :)
Anonymous
March 25, 2010
Love this fan, but need to change the color and artwork. Has anyone figured out how to change the color and artwork?
Anonymous
March 12, 2010
Has anyone figured out how to change the color on the template?
Anonymous
February 11, 2010
I was wondering the same thing. Is there a way to change the color?
Anonymous
September 16, 2009
I love this template! Is there a way to change the color of the graphic??