May 2

Punched Tissue Paper Fans DIY

by Chiara Alberetti Milott

I’ve seen a lot of really beautiful paper fans used as party decoration and photo backdrops. So, I wanted to try and make a hole-punched version which really lets the light through and looks so festive and pretty. I used good quality tissue paper, and had fun trying a variety of different patterns with my hole punches. I love how the final pattern looks a little like eyelet!

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Materials needed: Tissue Paper (the heavier and stiffer, the better), Glue Stick, Stapler, Scissors, Hole Punches in Different Sizes, Scrap of Cardboard

Step 1: Take two sheets of tissue paper, the same size rectangles. (I used different sizes ranging from 11″ x 16″ to 16″ x 24.”)
Step 2: Fold one sheet of tissue paper rectangle like an accordian (fold in one direction, then the other direction). Repeat with second sheet.
Step 3: Once you have your folded strips, fold them in half. Staple the folded edge to secure it.
Step 4:  Punch holes in the tissue paper with various size hole punches. Experiment with different patterns and designs.
Step 5: Repeat the same pattern on your second strip of matching paper.
Step 6: Cut and punch a hole in a small piece of cardboard. This will be where your string for hanging will go.
Step 7: Glue the cardboard piece to the outer edge of the fan.
Step 8: At the same time, glue tissue paper strips together. Glue any interior folded sides that still need to be attached. I found a glue stick to work best, but I’m sure Elmer’s or craft glue would work as well.
Step 9: Gently open the fan and glue the last unattached sides together.
Step 10: String and hang!

PS: If you are making these at a different location than where your party will be, I would wait til you arrive at the venue to complete step 9. They are pretty fragile and I don’t think they would travel well.

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