Making program fans is simple and can be personalized to fit the style of your event.
Here is what you will need:
Here's what you'll need to gather:
- Wavy Jumbo Fan Sticks
- ZIG 2-Way Glue Pen (At least two if you are making over 100 fans)
- Ribbon or Twine(optional)
- Mini Corner Rounder Punch(Optional)
- Pre-Printed Program (See tip on choosing paper)
- Bone Folder (Optional)
TIP:We suggest using 65lb-80lb paper for two sided fans, especially if printing on a home ink jet printer. If you are only doing a one sided fan, you should order it from a professional printer and ask for at least 110lb paper.
Step OneIf you have a one page design, like ours (we printed our own on 8.5" x 11" paper and folded it in half so we didn't have to make any cuts), its best to fold and crease your paper before adding the glue. This way, you don't have to worry about the glue sticking or drying before its lined up.
TIP:Sometimes it is difficult to get a nice crease when working with thicker paper so we suggest using a bone folder. Simply line up the corners and use the bone folder to smooth out the crease. You can find bone folders in craft sections, craft stores, or art supply stores and they are usually under $5.
Step TwoNow that your program is prepared its time to turn it into a fan! Lay it on a flat surface, apply a generous amount of glue to one side where the stick goes, and place the stick on the fan. Press firmly and assure that it is straight.
Step ThreeApply glue around the edges and fold immediately. Remember to be generous with the glue where the stick will be placed. The image below shows where glue should be applied.
Step FourPress each edge firmly, assuring that all edges are sealed. Make sure to use clean fingers or use a clean bone folder! Even a small amount of grease or glue can leave a mark on your beautiful program design.
Step FiveAdd the finishing touches to your fan. Use corner punches, apply ribbon or twine, or come up with your own embellishment to personalize your fans.
Note: I used about 12" of twine for each fan. But of course, you can do more or less depending on the look you want.
ADDITIONAL TIPSBelow you can see the difference between what a 1" rounded corner looks like compared to a 1/2" rounded corner. Can't decide which one you like better? No need to decide, you get two for the price of one in the set. You can decide when you receive them or use both to add variety!
Have you seen our new colored sticks? With ten colors to choose from, it makes it easy to find a stick that fits the style of your event!
Stamping your fan sticks is a very easy way to personalize any fan!
Be creative when adding ribbon and embellishments to your fans! It doesn't have to be limited to the stick. Try using a small hole punch to cut half cirlces and add twine to your fan!
Jumbo sticks also work great for fans, but a smaller fan design would work better with the 6" sticks.
If you are feeling a little overwhelmed about putting together a ton of fans, why not have a fan assembly party? For weddings, grab your gals for a fun luncheon, movie, and fan assembly. Give each person a step and start an assembly line while you chat or watch a girly wedding themed movie!
We have new black wavy fan sticks and they can even pass as chalk board sticks! Use chalk to add a design, initials, or have people write their names for place cards.