My husband’s paternal grandmother had a little wooden fan in her possession that was made from thin cedar shingles. They lived near a factory in the Ozarks that made wooden items for the tourist trade.
The fan was cleverly constructed of three blades that collapsed into one, making it small enough to carry in a lady’s handbag. This is what I traced to make my paper fan.
I LOVE fans. See the one I carried in our wedding on Pinterest (Cinderella Princess board).
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Template (click on photo to enlarge)
Optional: Tagboard (from tissue boxes)
Double-face tape or glue
Appropriate rubber stamps
Ink pads, markers, glitter, etc.
Print off template and cut out. I found that one layer of cardstock is rather flimsy if one wishes to use the fan, so I cut out three blades of cardstock, three blades from matching tissue boxes, and taped them together with double-faced tape. Trim edges as needed. Decorate cardstock by rubberstamping as desired. I used Martha Stewart’s clear bird stamp(item #MA331034) and Autumn Leaves Swirls (item #AL2587). Write or stamp a sentiment on the tissue box side and sign before running your blades separately through a laminator. Punch the hole where indicated and thread a brad through all three holes to hold the blades together along with a tassel.