The Busy Girl's Guide to DIY: Custom Fans

Brides Behind the Scenes, Wedding Style & Decor
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Help guests keep their cool during an outdoor summer wedding. Place one fan on each chair at the ceremony, then use them as fun photo-booth props at the reception.

YOU'LL NEED:
Plain paper fans
EKSuccess medium circle punch
Flower rubber stamp
Ink pad in pink
Dishwashing liquid
Ink pad in metallic copper
Tassels
Glue gun (optional)

See the four easy steps after the jump...

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STEPS:

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1) Open a fan and flatten the pleats with your fingers. Use the circle punch to make a random overlapping pattern along the top edge.


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2) Dip the rubber stamp in the pink ink. Press down on the fan to smooth the folds, then stamp just above the wooden strips in four different places, about 1 and a half inches apart. Let dry, then repeat on the other side. Pink-stamp all the fans, then wash the stamp thoroughly with warm water and dishwashing liquid.


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3) Dip the stamp in the copper ink; apply it between the pink flow┬Čers, overlapping in places. Let dry, then repeat on the opposite sides.


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4) Push down on the wood slats to create a small space between the wood and the plastic knob. Loop a tassel between the two. (For extra security, dab hot glue on the knob, then add the tassel.)


Time: 12 fans per hour
Cost: $250 for 100 fans

WHERE TO BUY:
Fans, pearlriver.com.
Punch, stamp, and ink pads, Paper Presentation; 800-727-3701.
Tassels, mjtrim.com.

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