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How to Make a Paper Fan Circle Bouquet for the Fourth of July


Get crafty this Fourth of July with a beautiful circle paper fan bouquet for your celebration with scrapbook paper.

Looking to add a touch of patriotism to your home this Fourth of July without breaking the bank? Try inexpensive patriotic crafts, like creating DIY circle fans, for a budget-friendly way to infuse your decor with the spirit of red, white, and blue.

How to Make Round Paper Fans

Check out these super easy DIY circle fans, where you can “shop” your house for some pretty scrapbook paper, scissors, glue or stapler, string, and skewers, or head to your nearest crafting store for some pretty patriotic prints. Let’s have fun crafting together!

Assorted Paper Fans Arrangement
Arrange your paper fans in a variety of designs for a cheerful display

Supply List: DIY Circle Paper Fans

  1. Scrapbook paper in red, white, and blue – Choose vibrant and festive patterns to add flair to your paper fans. I chose coral tones and mint hues from my scrapbook paper stash to compliment our coastal decor while still playing off of patriotic colors.
  2. Scissors
  3. Glue or stapler – Opt for craft glue or a regular stapler to fasten the ends of the paper fans together securely.
  4. String or twine – Use string or twine to thread through the paper fans and tie them together.
  5. Wooden dowels or skewers – to use as handles for your paper fans, providing support and allowing you to easily arrange them into a bouquet or display.
Step-by-Step Instructions Collage - DIY Circle Paper Fans
Follow these simple steps to create your own DIY circle paper fans

How to Make Paper Circle Fans

Prepare Double-Sided Paper (Optional):

  • Adhere two sheets together back to back to create a double-sided square if your scrapbook paper is single-sided. This ensures vibrant colors on both sides of your paper fan.
  • If your paper is already double-sided, proceed to Step 2.

Accordion Fold:

  • Fold your square of paper accordion-style. Begin by folding one edge over, then folding it back the opposite way, continuing until the entire square is folded in accordion folds.

Cut and Divide:

  • Carefully cut the folded paper in half. Each half will create one half of a circle fan.

Form Half-Circles:

  • Take one half of the folded paper and fold it in half again, creating a semi-circle shape.
  • Secure the two ends together with glue or staples to maintain the shape. Repeat this step for the other half of the folded paper.
Close-up of DIY Circle Paper Fans
A closer look at the handmade paper fans

Assemble the Fans:

  • Use a piece of string to thread through the center of each half-circle.
  • Tie the string tightly to secure the two halves, or use glue for a permanent bond.
  • Optionally, reinforce the bond by adding staples along the open edges. Alternatively, use glue to create a pocket for inserting the skewer.
  • To assemble a charming bouquet or garland arrangement, create multiple paper fans following these steps.
Completed Paper Fan Bouquet
The completed paper fan bouquet

I put mine in a family heirloom vase from my grandmother.   It completes the dining room’s patriotic decor and reminds me of my grandparents.  😉

A patriotic dining room in a coastal home with diy circle fan bouquet in red, white, and blue.
Our Patriotic Dining Room

Click here to download my free Fourth of July printable and see more of the living room’s Red, White, and Blue decor.

Creating a circle paper fan bouquet for Fourth of July decoration is a fun and festive way to add a touch of patriotism to your celebrations on a dime. By following the simple steps outlined in this tutorial, you can easily create a stunning display that will impress your guests and add to the overall atmosphere of your Fourth of July festivities.

Whether you choose to use traditional red, white, and blue colors or opt for a more unique color scheme to fit your personal style, this DIY project is sure to be a hit at any Independence Day gathering or other holiday!

Make sure to check out my summer page full of DIYs, decorating tips, and printables for the season.

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    1. Thanks Niki! I’m going to have a hard time putting them away this week. 😉 They may just have to go to a different room. lol

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