Hey there! I’m excited to share my first Christmas post for the season. One of the perks of living in Japan is being able to travel all over Asia for relatively cheap and infusing global decor into our usual modern eclectic style. I decided to create DIY Japanese Paper Fans with 100 yen store items for unique Christmas ornaments. This tutorial is super easy and they look so lovely!
Here’s what you need:
Origami or washi paper (any decorative paper will work, try a modern print!)
Wood sticks (coffee stirs or popsicle sticks)
A glue stick and hot glue
These fans take just a few minutes to make and would be a fun project for the whole family. (Just be careful with the hot glue gun!)
Watch me put one together live!
Put it together:
Create the fan
Step 1: Cut your paper to size. If you are using 6×6 origami squares trim two pieces to 6X4 for one fan.
Step 2: Fold both pieces into an accordion, about 1/4 inch thin.
Step 3: Using the glue stick, attach the two pieces in the center by layering an accordion fold onto the second piece.
Create the fan handles
Step 1: Start with the fan backside up and attach a wooden stick to each side with the glue stick or glue gun.
Step 2: Fold the paper around the stick and secure with more glue.
Step 3: Place a piece of string for hanging around the center. Carefully cross your sticks letting the fan open up wide and hold in place with a dot of hot glue.
Step 4: Tie your string at the top.
Display these lovelies on your tree or use as an unique gift tag!
Aren’t they fun? What kind of prints and colors would you use?