Stay cool and be cool with this easy craft. Gather old magazines, catalogs, and colorful paper, and get started.
lightweight scrap cardboard (enough to make two pieces)
colorful paper or gift tissue
two large craft sticks or tongue depressors
Mod Podge (optional)
scissors or craft knife
Let the kids select a theme and background colors. Guide them in choosing colors, whether they’re opposite or complimentary. Then, have them cut out photos and words, out of old magazines and catalogs, that go with their chosen theme. They can also cut or punch out random shapes out of gift tissue.
Decide the shape of the fan and trace with pencil directly on cardboard. Cut out two of these shapes, making sure both pieces match as closely as possible. Mark which side will be glued together.
Apply glue, with brush, to outside face of each cut cardboard piece. Brush over entire area evenly. Carefully adhere background paper and trim excess. Crimp around edges toward the inside face of cardboard. Let dry.
Glue two craft sticks together to make the handle. Let dry.
Apply glue to prepared handle, about an inch from one end and press firmly down into inside face of one of the fan pieces. Apply glue to other side of handle and the rest of the cardboard as well. Brush glue to cover entire area especially along edges. Take other cardboard piece and press down firmly, making sure edges line up and adhere to each other. Weigh down with books for a few minutes to make sure fan dries flat.
Decorate both sides with cut-outs and punched paper. Make sure all pieces and decoration edges are glued down. If using gift tissue, glue down pieces one at a time overlapping randomly. The translucent paper will create a jewel or stained glass effect. Once all the pieces are dry, brush all surfaces including handle, with Mod Podge, if desired.
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