I’m a FAN of DIY wedding program fans!

Avatar Katelyn | May 1, 2016 55 Views 0 Likes 0 Ratings

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!

DIY wedding program fans - evanandkatelyn.comI 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.

program illustrations v2I 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!

DIY wedding program fans - evanandkatelyn.comI 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.

DIY wedding program fans - evanandkatelyn.comAnd 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!

DIY wedding program fans - evanandkatelyn.comHope 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!


This post currently has 6 responses.

  1. Nassira

    May 2, 2016 at 7:34 am

    I love projects like this that personalize a wedding, not to mention it does not blow the budget and is quite easy to make. I already got married but this idea can be used for other events, plus I will send my girlfriends to your post to check out these DIY’s for their weddings as well.

    • Katelyn

      May 3, 2016 at 6:15 pm

      I love little projects like this too! Wedding costs add up like crazy, so any little bit you can take on yourself really does help! Plus I just like little easy crafts like this :) Thanks for sharing us with your friends!!

  2. Lisa Cox

    May 5, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    We’ve still got our fans! :)
    Oh I like puns too–the badder the better . . . I watched “Wall Street Week” just for the puns :).

  3. Janelle Fortelny

    May 18, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    Hi Katelyn! I found your blog (LOVE IT!) looking through pinterest for wedding DIY’s, and I am using a few of your ideas (the fans, the LOVE letters, the seating chalkboard)! I’m pretty crafty as well, and would love to design my own invites and program fans- I love the way all of yours came out! What type of printer are you using to print on cardstock? I have yet to figure which printer I should purchase. Thanks again for sharing all of your ideas- I’ve already passed your site along to a bunch of friends also :)

    • Katelyn

      May 21, 2016 at 9:34 am

      Hi Janelle! We used this printer (http://amzn.to/1NDGKog) and it worked really well! No problems handling the card stock. Definitely makes wedding craftiness more doable! Thanks so much for visiting the blog and for sharing us! I really appreciate it! Good luck with all your wedding projects and feel free to reach out to us if you come across any questions or want to share any ideas! :)

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