How to Make a Hand Fan Template

    by Kathryn Hatter

    About the Author

    Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.


    Whether you plan to put them to good use moving the air or just want some attractive decor items, paper fans are a craft project for all ages. Made from bright construction paper, you can personalize paper fans with stickers and crayons, while when crafted from high-quality, decorative paper, fans make pretty, practical favors at a summer wedding or garden party. Making a paper fan from a template keeps the fans consistent for a professional look.

    Things You'll Need

    • Heavyweight card stock paper
    • Pencil
    • Scissors
    • Ruler
    • Geometry compass

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    Place an 8 1/2-by-11-inch sheet of card stock paper in front of you horizontally.

    Measure from the bottom left corner up to 1/2 inch below the top left corner. Make a mark at this point and write this measurement down.

    Measure from the bottom left corner over toward the bottom right corner. Make a mark at the measurement point measured in Step 2.

    Place the point of the geometry compass at the bottom left corner and extend the compass out to the mark made in Step 3.

    Draw an light arc between the first and second points made.

    Make a decorative scalloped edge along this arc, if desired. It can also be left plain. Cut along this edge with scissors after you are pleased with the shape of the edge.

    Lay the template on a sheet of decorative paper and trace lightly around it with pencil. The paper fan will be cut out of two pieces of card stock and attached to a wooden stick at the bottom corner. The stick is sandwiched between the two layers of card stock so it stands up to use. Decorate the back and the front of the fan with embellishments and colors of choice.

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