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September 2013 – Red Carousel Blog

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I have a thing for paper decorations. I have an even bigger thing for handmade paper decorations. How lovely do these paper fans look, especially for a party? Really easy too. They can be time consuming to make if you want to create a wall of them…but they’re so worth it! Of course, if you don’t have the time or inclination, you can hop on over to our shop and check out the tissue paper fans  we have there (we’re getting in different sizes and more colours very soon). 

I’m creating a whole bunch of fans for a party I’m styling next week, so I thought I would do a tutorial whilst I am at it. 

There’s a couple of ways to make these fans, but here I will show you how I make them. I will also show you some tools I use, to make the whole process quicker and easier. You don’t need to invest in the tools, but they do help if you plan to make a lot. 

What you will need: 

1. Paper: Scrapbook paper comes in mostly 12 inch x 12 inch, in a whole array of colours and patterns. For a small 6 inch fan, you will need one 12 inch x 12 inch piece of paper. For the larger 12 inch fans, you will need three pieces of paper. You will also need a small bit of paper for the centre.

2. Scoring board – optional. This one is by Martha Stewart, I love it! It makes folding the fans so easy. It’s also great for other things like making your own envelopes, invitations and gift boxes. 

3. Hot glue gun

4. Paper punch – optional. This is used to cut the centre of the fan. You could use this round shape or any other shape, such as scallop or butterfly etc. You can use scissors instead of a punch but it won’t be as precise. 

5. Scissors

6. Double sided sticky tape. Not necessary as you could use the hot glue gun but I find this a nice way to join the pieces of paper. 

7. Guillotine (with blade and scoring blade) or exacto knifeand self healing mat

Here is how to make the small 6 inch fan:

1. Place the 12 inch x 12 inch piece of paper on the scoring board. At the end of the paper there is a little excess which can be cut away (next image). I score in 1 inch intervals. If you don’t have the mat, you can either score with the guillotine scoring blade, or skip the scoring altogether and just fold. 

2. Cut the piece of paper in half and then half again (lengthwise). Therefore you should have four pieces of paper 4 inches x 12 inches. Make sure the scoring lines are running horizontal as shown. Note: To make the larger 12 inch fans, you would just slice three pieces of paper in half, giving you 6 pieces. 

3. Start folding in an accordion style. Fold the paper 1 inch (where you have scored the first line). Then turn the paper over and fold the next 1 inch. Keep folding in this manner until you reach the end. Fold all four strips of paper the same way. 

4. Use double sided sticky tape or the hot glue gun to connect the four strips together into a circle as shown.  5. Push down the fan flat. You need to try and keep it flat and tight whilst you glue the centre on. This can be a little tricky if you don’t have anyone else to help. I use a 6 inch cake pan to help keep the fan and in position. 

6. Use the paper punch to punch out a centre for your fan.  7. Apply the hot glue to the back of the circle. 

8. Glue the circle to the fan, postioning it in the centre. Turn over the fan and do the same to the other side, as this will make the fan much more stable. 

9. Optional step. You may like to make your fans more decorative by using a lace edge paper punch. After Step 2, punch the lace pattern in the paper as shown. Then proceed as normal.  You may like to decorate the centre of your fans with buttons, doilies, paper flowers etc. Happy crafting! 

Hi there! It’s been a little while since I logged in. Things have been rather hectic! I’ve been busy with the shop and also very busy making parties pretty!

I just received the photos back from a recent party and dessert table I styled. It was my first job for a customer. Payal approached me months ago, before I even started Red Carousel. She had seen what I did with my daughters’ parties last year and dreamt of having a similar dessert table for her own daughter. After a brief discussion, we came up with a theme (bird house/garden) and off I went! I had a lot of fun putting this girly party together – from the custom designed invitation to the party decor, to the desserts. Payal and her husband were thrilled with the results,  which makes me really happy!!! I pulled it off, phew

Just got word from the wonderful people over at The Party Pail  that we received the “Best Decorations” award! How sweet! Thank you guys, much appreciated. Glad you like Red Carousel’s work.