My wedding was full of DIYs, I was determined to have a fun, classy and creative wedding without breaking the bank. Here is the first of many tutes from my wedding.
These can be made so many different ways. This is the same format I used for our programs at our wedding as well.
Total cost: about $0.50 per fan!!
What you'll need per fan:
1 piece of 12x12 inch scrap book paper makes 2 programs/fans (my scrapbook paper all came in a pack from Michael's for about $20 for 48 sheets, I liked this because they all had the same color scheme, but weren't too matchy matchy)
1 popsicle stick (bought in a pack from Michael's)
Sticky letters or printed material to add to fan
Flower (bought in a pack from Michael's)
Hot gun and sticks (I used a mini hot glue gun, bought from Michael's for $3)
Paper cutter (usually I make this optional, in this case I couldn't imagine this without it)
I created an assembly line with myself, my best friend and my (soon-to-be) husband... this was a lifesaver! These are the steps outlined for each fan, I would suggest passing the fan and each person having a designated step... that way you'll be really good at your part of the process!
1) Cut a 12x12 inch paper in half and then each half into halves (you'll end up with 4 6x6 inch squares).
2) Lay one square face down in front of you, if you want to be super precise like me, I did this on my paper cutter which has measurements and I was easily able to tell where the center was. However, that is by no means necessary.
3) Put hot glue on the top 2 inches of the popsicle stick and stick that centered and about 2 inches up on the scrapbook square. You'll end up with the stick centered on the fan and the top of the stick will almost reach the middle of the fan. You need it to be at least this high or the fan will bend when you use it.
4) Next, put hot glue around that same square, about 1/4-1/2 inch from the edges and a little on the facing up side of the popsicle stick (this will be sandwiched in the middle of the fan). Immediately place another square on top. The trick to this part is to work quickly so your hot glue doesn't dry and line up one edge and roll it down from there.
5) Hot glue the 'program' part of your fan on now, if applicable. Or, for the bride and groom fans, stick your letters on some white cardstock, cut that out and glue them on.
6) Take out a flower and put a dab of glue on and place right where the paper meets the body of the fan.
7) Last step, round the corners. Grab a pair of scissors and decide how round you want your corners. Honestly, no one is going to notice if one corner is rounder than another... just don't miss any! We did that a few times :)
This is rather time consuming but a HUGE money saver and a lot of fun. One of my favorite parts about my wedding was looking around seeing everyone enjoy all of the things I spent so much time working on and knowing that no other wedding out there had the same things! Well, until now that is!