I’ve got another Chinese New Year free printable for you today – paper hand fans. They make both a pretty decoration, and a place holder at a dinner party. I’ve used my gold monkey design in these printables, since 2016 is the Year of the Monkey, as well as providing a plain red and gold fan, and another with Chinese lettering which wishes happy new year (at least, I hope that the website that I copied the text from is correct!!)
You can make smaller, single fans, as illustrated in the first photo above, or you can join three of those fans together to make a large semi-circular fan, as shown in the photo below. Either way, they are so simple to make, and you only need a couple of supplies.
Chinese New Year Hand Fans
- Free printable hand fans
- Red raffia (you could use string, ribbon or wool if you prefer)
- Single hole punch
- Double sided tape or glue (for large fan only)
Instructions – small fan
- Print off your preferred design, and cut the white border off.
- Fold concertina fashion – about 1cm widths.
- Punch holes at the bottom end – you can only do a few at a time, so make sure you line them up as best you can.
- Thread the raffia through and tie a double knot to secure. Cut off any excess raffia.
- Fan out, and you’re done!
Instructions – large fan
- You will need three sheets of the printable per fan. They can be the same design, or you can mix them, like I did.
- Follow steps 1 – 3 above.
- If you are using different designs, decide which will be the middle section, if using the same design, it doesn’t matter.
- Apply double sided tape (or glue) to down the outside length of the middle fan, on both the left and right side.
- Carefully attach another fan to this sticky one, and allow to dry if using glue.
- Thread raffia through all of the holes, tie a double knot to secure. Fan out.
- To make a tassel, you can simple cut a bunch of raffia lengths and tie around to secure.
I hope my instructions there make sense – I was going to do a video, buy my web cam is currently out of action – boo!
I really do love hand fans – even this simple paper one, and love how the large one turned out. It wasn’t until I started making the single ones, that it dawned on me to stick them together to make the large one. I see a new printable for future seasonal events here!
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