Victorian Fans

Victorian Fans

What You'll Need:

  • Colorful Paper (such as wrapping paper)
  • Tongue Depressors (2 for each child)
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • A Stapler

  1. Paint the tongue depressors and let dry. You'll need two for each guest.
  2. If using wrapping paper for the fans, flatten overnight by placing the paper on a table and pressing with heavy books on each end.
  3. Cut paper into 6" by 30" strips, one for each guest.
  4. Cut a 10" length of ribbon for each guest.

At the Party:
  1. Hand each guest a 6" by 30" strip of paper.
  2. Each child should fold the short end over one inch and continue, making one inch accordion folds to the end of the strip.
  3. Staple one end of the folds together, about 1/2 inch in from the end. If using a low melt glue gun, an adult should assist with the gluing.
  4. Glue a painted tongue depressor to each side of the accordion-folded paper about 1/4" above the staple.
  5. Once the glue has dried, open the fans and tie the handles together with a colorful ribbon to keep it open.

Note: As an alternative to making your own fans, guests can use watercolor paints to paint solid white fans.

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