Creating paper fans for your wedding is really a BREEZE! Plus, when people compliment them you’ll feel super COOL. You may even develop an AIR of confidence! You’ll be skipping around with GUSTo! Truly, this is a project that will BLOW your guests away!
Ok I’m done. For now. But no promises there won’t be more fan puns later in this post.
Anyways, when I was compiling our wedding project roundup a couple weeks ago, I realized that there were some wedding DIY’s I never posted about. Terrible! So I’m trying to make up for it now. I get to relive wedding planning days of yore, and you guys get a fun and easy tutorial! It’s a WIND-WIND situation I’d say.
Ok I’m weak for puns! But check out these cute fans!
I designed these by creating little sketches of myself, Evan, and our bridal party. Cute huh? Then I used the same colors, fonts, and design elements that I used in other printed materials for our wedding (like invites and such) to make sure everything matched. I’m a graphic designer, so I couldn’t help but brand my wedding haha.
I decided to make the fans 5.5” wide by 8.5” tall, aka half of regular sheet of paper, to minimize cutting. Then I bought white cardstock and wooden fan handles. For the cardstock, I used 65 lb weight which seemed to be the perfect thickness for a fan. There are also kits you can get on amazon like this that might make things easier, especially if you want your paper to have rounded corners. I’m not that fancy, so good ol’ 90 degree corners worked just fine for me.
Once I printed the front and back designs next to each other, I cut the cardstock in half and taped either side to the wooden stick using double sticky tape. Some tutorials use glue, but me and glue are not friends, so tape it is!
I placed tape on the handle and along the outer edge of the blank side of the paper, then stuck it all together. It was really so simple.
And there you have it! These were SUPER easy and cheap, and a great way to add a little more personal flair to your wedding. Maybe your fans have wedding party illustrations like mine, maybe they are dipped in glitter, maybe they have lyrics to a special song you and your spouse share, or maybe they are straight up functional and just have your wedding program- lots of options!
Hope this tutorial makes at least one of your 2,347 wedding to-do’s a little easier! Keep an eye out for other quick and easier wedding tutorials mixed into our usual home DIY project posts. Have a great Sunday y’all!