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Watercolor Fans DIY

These watercolor fans would be amazing for a wedding or birthday. We tried several different techniques but finally tried using India Ink and they came out in such vibrant colors. They are super easy to make. You can lay out a bunch and do them at the same time. My friend Maren has amazing white hair and we asked her to come take a few photos for us.

Watercolor Fans DIY | Oh Happy Day!

Watercolor Fans DIY | Oh Happy Day!

Watercolor Fans DIY | Oh Happy Day!

Materials: White tissue fansspray bottles (1 for each color), India ink, water, paper clips, gaffer’s tape

Step 1: Open all the fans and lay them out. You may want to place newspaper or paper underneath so it doesn’t stain your floor/the ground.
Step 2: Pour a little bit of India ink into a spray bottle, add a little water (around .5″) to dilute the ink. You may need to play around with the proportions to find the right vibrancy.
Step 3: Spray the ink onto the fans. If you twist the nozzle, you should be able to change the consistency of the stream (ranging from a mist to a direct spray.)
Step 4: Repeat step 3 with different colors. We tried not to mix the color palette of the fans too much on each fan – otherwise they looked dirty. ( We kept greens & blues together and pinks & yellows together.) Make sure the fans don’t get too wet or they’ll start to tear.
Step 5: Let the fans dry for a little while until they’re slightly damp to the touch. Then fold them back into their original flat shape to finish drying.
Step 6: When the fans are dry, open them up and lay them out on the floor. Repeat steps 2-5 until you’ve reached the color vibrancy that you want.
Step 7: Arrange and hang the fans from the ceiling with gaffer’s tape. We mixed in some solid colored fans from our shop as well.

Watercolor Fans DIY | Oh Happy Day!

Watercolor Fans DIY | Oh Happy Day!

Watercolor Fans DIY | Oh Happy Day!

Photos by Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day

  1. Sarah W

    June 11, 2015

    So beautiful! And I love how her dress coordinates so well. I am loving everything from your shop! I can’t wait until my daughters’ birthdays so I have an excuse to buy something.

  2. Brittany

    June 11, 2015

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Let's Have Another

    June 11, 2015

    These are gorgeous! Definitely bookmarking this for my next party.

  4. Kristi

    June 11, 2015

    These are so beautiful! I love this idea.

    Kristi | Be Loverly

  5. Jess.

    June 11, 2015

    Those are so pretty, and her hair is LOVELY, lovely. xox

  6. Eleigh

    June 11, 2015

    I would love these in my room! So pretty! :)

  7. Heather @ The Deans List Blog

    June 11, 2015

    Ah! What a fun idea!

  8. rachel

    June 11, 2015

    these are a total dream!

  9. honey&gazelle

    June 12, 2015

    Woah, these are really pretty! It will look so great for weddings! Thank you for sharing this :)

    X Min, honeyandgazelle.wordpress.com

  10. Sophia

    June 12, 2015

    This looks amazing! You get in a party mood right away :) xo Sophia
    http://www.littlesewingmachine.blogspot.de

  11. beth

    June 12, 2015

    beautiful, and her clogs! omg!!!

    beth.
    http://www.modernmotherblog.com

  12. annina

    June 12, 2015

    I want her dress! where is that from <3?

    • jordan
      • jordan
      • June 12, 2015

      I got it at Anthropologie!

  13. The Natural Minimalism

    June 12, 2015

    I love your idea, it’s fantastic :)

    http://thenaturalminimalism.blogspot.com

  14. Malissa

    June 12, 2015

    These are so gorgeous!!

  15. Paige

    June 12, 2015

    These fans are so lovely!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  16. Stephanie

    June 12, 2015

    I clicked on the link to this article because I am a fan of watercolours.. not realizing what I was in for. Hahaha. Anyway, this is great. I love it!

  17. Nati

    June 13, 2015

    The photos are beautiful^^

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