by Patty Cox
Cherry blossoms have been cherished
for centuries by the Japanese as a symbol of their national character.
Decorate a folded paper fan with these highly prized, beautiful
You will need:
- 12" x 18" Fadeless Metallic
- Paper - Fuchsia
- Green Crêpe Paper
- Construction Paper - Pink
- 3 Iridescent Chenille Stems
- Decorative Scissors
- Hole and Heart Punches
- Paper Crimper
- Glitter Glue
- Corrugated Cardboard
- Straight Pins
- Misc. Embellishments - Sequins,
Raffia and Pony Beads
- Fold 18" paper in
half. Cut an arc on top and sides with edger scissors as
shown in diagram.
- Make accordion folds
in fan paper every 1". Run folded paper through crimper
at an angle. Bend and lightly crease lower 2" of folded
paper. This area will be the handle. Open folds.
- Punch a round hole
in each 1" section, about 1/2" from top edge.
- Make 12 Blossoms:
Cut leaves from crêpe paper. Twist the center. Punch
four pink hearts then glue to center of leaf as shown. Punch
then glue a yellow dot in the center. Glue blossoms on fan,
above handle crease. Make dots around flowers with glitter
glue then glue sequins between the dots. Allow glue to dry.
- Refold fan then wrap
chenille stems around the handle. Fold an 18" strand of
straw raffia in half then wrap it around the handle. Tie
pony beads and sequins on the strands.
- Temporarily place
fan on corrugated cardboard. Apply glue to each outward
fold on fan back. Lay fan on a sheet of pink construction
paper. Stick straight pins in each inward fold to hold fan
in position until glue dries. Remove the fan from cardboard
then trim the backing paper with the decorative scissors
approximately 3/4" from the edge of the fan.
Bemiss-Jason Metallic Fadeless Paper, Crêpe
Paper & Spectra Construction Paper; Darice® Chenille
Stems & Embellishments; Elmer's® Fun Dimensions
Glitter Glue; Fiskars® Paper Edgers, Paper Cripmer
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