But I was needing a much cheaper solution for the July 4 (hot! hot! hot!) Fun Fourth festival booth of Funeral Consumers Alliance of the Piedmont, a nonprofit organization in Greensboro, N.C. So I crafted a handmade paper fan. It's cheap and easy -- and a snap to create a hundred or two. Think of the possibilities for paper fans to be used: weddings, picnics, outdoor festivals....
The image below of a paper fan reminiscent of the 1950s is by Calsidyrose. It has a Creative Commons license on it that permits this use. Thank you, Calsidyrose!
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
200 7" x 9" white paper mailers (the thick cardboard type)
40 sheets of 10-up white 2"x4" printer labels
100 sheets of 2-up 5.5" by 8.5" white printer labels
200 14" paint stir sticks (I found some online for 17 cents each)
2 rolls of 1 in wide double-sided foam mounting tape (about 2.75 yards total)
scissors, ruler and a pen or pencil
Step 2: Think Inside the Box
Stuff your paper mailer with something you want to give away with it. We used a membership application for Funeral Consumers Alliance of the Piedmont! Then close and seal your mailer as you normally would.
Step 3: Make the Hole for the Stick
1. With the back (sealed) side of the mailer facing up, position the sealed mailer in landscape view.
2. Using your ruler and pen, mark the halfway point at the bottom (which is 4.5" in from the left on a 7" by 9" mailer).
3. Position your stir stick vertically atop the center mark, then mark the mailer on each side of the stick at the bottom of the mailer to show where you will cut the mailer in Step 4 on this page.
4. Using two diagonal cuts as shown, cut the bottom of the mailer away to make just enough room for the stir stick to slide into the mailer. You will end up with an "M" if you did this right.
You won't accidentally cut what you put inside the mailer in the previous step as long as your M cut doesn't go far beyond the sealed edge.
Step 4: Apply the Mounting Tape
Step 5: Insert the Stir Stick
If you stuffed the mailer with a document, be sure your stir stick goes in ABOVE the inside document. This is really much easier than it sounds!
If you push it in as far as it will go, you should have about 7.5" of the 14" stir stick exposed.
Then press firmly on the mailer to adhere the stick to the inside top of the mailer.
Step 6: Cover the Cut-Outs
Step 7: Prepare Your Art
In the next step is a hourglass-shaped template, in case you want your art to look like a traditional paper fan from the 1950s and 1960s (like the lower label in the image below), but that is up to you.
If you placed a document inside the fan, be sure to mention your outside art mentions it.
Step 8: Optional Traditional Fan Shaped Template
Step 9: The Finishing Touch!
There now! You have a paper fan! Stay cool!