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DIY Project: Paper Fan Banner

Just in time for the holidays and New Year’s, I have another project that is fun and festive. Inspired by BHLDN‘s paper fans (or as they call them, crinkled wheels), I put together this banner for my holiday entertaining that could carry on as a great decor piece for the New Year festivities since, with our guests arriving on Christmas Eve Day, I won’t have time to redecorate. Though simple to make, this banner is a stunning statement piece that your guests will fawn over. The added bonus? The wooden handles make these decorations easy to store (just close the fan and tie the twine between the handles to keep them closed!) so you can bring them out again next year!

This banner, of course, can also be repurposed with some seasonally appropriate paper patterns and colors for any other time of the year. I can also imagine this as a great backdrop for a wedding, birthday party – or everyday use, really! How adorable would this been in a nursery or child’s room spelling out the little one’s name?


  • 12″ x 12″ scrapbooking paper in a variety of patterns or colors
  • popsicle sticks
  • hand drill
  • hot glue and a glue gun
  • glitter
  • glue stick or white glue
  • cardstock or cover weight paper
  • scissors
  • twine


Accordion fold a single piece of 12″ square scrapbook paper so each fold is approximately ½” wide. Trim the edges of the folded up accordion as necessary to even out the edges if it’s not completely squared off; I also cut addition length off some accordions to shift the scale of some of the pinwheels. Fold the accordion in half and glue the halves together so it forms a solid triangle shape. Repeat one or two times with matching paper (depending on how tight you want the final fan’s accordion fold to be – two additional triangles will be more compressed than one), then glue the three triangles together, leaving the first and third separated from each other so we can add in the handles.

Print out your word on computer paper in any font you desire. For “JOY”, I set my letters in 4″ high Gotham Bold. The font you choose should be something similarly substantial – too many thin areas can leave the letter a little too flimsy. Using the printed pages as a guide, cut your letters our of card stock or cover weight paper and coat the right-reading side with a layer of glue from a glue stick, or a thin layer of white glue. Apply glitter of your choice to the glued surface, then set aside to dry. Apply glittered letters to the face of your choice of paper fans with hot glue, ensuring each is centered within the fan so the word is clean and aligned the letters are hung together. Hang wherever desired, and enjoy!

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  1. So pretty! Love this idea.

    thefauxmartha     Tuesday, December 20, 2011
  2. Great job – I love these. And I LOVE how you styled the photos…. Where are those candle sticks from?

    Rebecca - A Daily So     Tuesday, December 20, 2011
  3. Thanks so much Rebecca! That’s very sweet of you to say.

    The candle stick holders are from Ikea ( and the candles themselves are from, which is a great source for affordable colored and metallic tapers!

    Maddy     Tuesday, December 20, 2011