Asian Folding Fan

Create an easy Asian folding fan out of paper and craft sticks.
Asian Folding Fan craft

Materials

  • A4 or letter size paper
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Large craft sticks
  • Colored pencils, markers or crayons
  • Glue gun, string, and beads (optional)

Safety Tips

  • Keep the glue gun out of young children's reach.
  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.

Steps

Step 1 Asian Folding Fan craft 1. To make the fan, you will need 2 sheets of A4 or Letter size paper.
Step 2 Asian Folding Fan craft 2. You can leave the sheets undecorated or you may draw, paint or stamp on them as you please. I decorated mine using vegetable prints.
Step 3 Asian Folding Fan craft 3. Your 2 sheets of paper should more or less have the same design or color theme.
Step 4 Asian Folding Fan craft 4. Fold the paper accordion-style (back-and-forth folding), starting from one short edge of the paper. The folds should be about half an inch wide.
Step 5 Asian Folding Fan craft 5. Continue until you've folded the entire paper.
Step 6 Asian Folding Fan craft 6. Trim off any excess paper after the last fold.
Step 7 Asian Folding Fan craft 7. Repeat steps 4 to 6 for the second sheet of paper.
Step 8 Asian Folding Fan craft 8. Glue the two folded sheets of paper along one edge.
Step 9 Asian Folding Fan craft 9. Arrange the folds into one pile. Fold the pile in the middle.
Step 10 Asian Folding Fan craft 10. Tie a string around the middle fold.
Step 11 Asian Folding Fan craft 11. Glue the two inner sides of the paper together. The result may probably look familiar since this is the typical origami fan. You may stop here if you like but if you want a round folding fan, continue with the next steps.
Step 12 Asian Folding Fan craft 12. To make a handle for your fan, glue a craft stick each along the outer sides of the fan. You can paint the craft sticks beforehand.
Step 13 Asian Folding Fan craft 13. Once the glue dries, try bringing the two craft sticks all the way around to open up the fan.  Moving them the opposite way will close the fan.
Step 14 Asian Folding Fan craft Ask for an adult's help14. As an option, you can attach a string on the outer face of one craft stick. Use a glue gun to fix it in place. You can even string some beads at the ends of the string.
Step 15a Asian Folding Fan craft 15. Tie the ends of the string around the opposite craft stick to keep the fan open.
Step 15b Asian Folding Fan craft   The string can likewise keep the fan folded shut.

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