Making an octagon fan for your wedding guests is fairly easy. If you follow the steps below, you should be able to create a very nice fan.
Cardstock or heavy printable paper
Scissors (preferably with a decorative edge)
Glue (not hot glue; it dries too thick)
Hot Glue Gun
Hot Glue Sticks
Ribbon or Pre-made Bows (may be purchased at craft shops)
Step 1: Print two copies of the below template on cardstock and copy the template into a program such as word or publisher that will allow you to edit and paste. In that program get rid of the measurements and the handle diagram (some programs simply allow you to write over it or paste over it). You will need two of these pages.
Step 2: Now decide what will be the front and back of the fan. Many couples use an engagement picture with their names and wedding date printed beneath on the front and a quick note to their guests or a famous quote on the back. My daughter used pictures of her and her husband-to-be as children and their engagement picture which gave different guests different pictures, which was enjoyable to the guests. What you use is completely up to you. Clip art or anything that you can paste in the computer program you are using is fine. It's your wedding use whatever you like!
Step 3: When you are satisfied with your design, print the front page on the blank side of one of the cardstock templates you printed above and the back page on the other.
Step 4: Cut out the fans on the outside dotted line.
Step 5: Glue the handle to the back of the fan where the handle is indicated on the template side so that the words or picture is facing down.
Step 6: Put glue around the outer edge of the fan between the dotted lines and on the handle where the top page will cover it.
Step 7: Place the front page, picture facing up, over the back. Gently press together. Wipe away any excess glue from the edges.
Step 8: Hot glue a bow at the bottom of the front page where it touches the handle.
Step 9: Place in a safe place for drying.
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