Create a renter-friendly folding fan wall decor for under ten dollars with this easy and unique DIY and find more wall art ideas.
Are you looking for wall art on a budget and/or trying to get around rental restrictions? I have the perfect wall decor idea for you!
How to Create Folding Fan Wall Decor with Dollar Store Fans
Hi there! Thanks for stopping by today. If you are new here, welcome. We are a military family living in Japan and I’m currently making over our rental home with inexpensive DIYs and renter-friendly decor.
Japanese Hand Fans Wall Decor
I’m really excited to share this fun DIY! Every time I go shopping, I’m on the lookout for lightweight wall art that I can hang with command strips. (Our walls are concrete so even if we could use nails, it would be difficult!)
After a few trips to the 100 yen store, it dawned on me that oriental fans could be a pretty wall treatment for our foyer. This is the first “real” foyer we’ve had and it’s flooded with natural light and a lot of wall space!
Isn’t it cute? Did you notice the aqua trim? When the sunlight hits the walls, the wall paint turns a light blush pink. Super pretty! It is really the perfect setting for modern boho decorating.
Anywho, let’s get back to the fan wall decor.
What you need for a folding fan wall decor/art:
- An assortment of fans from the dollar store. If you have a Daiso nearby, check there! Paper fans are relatively cheap even if you don’t have 100 yen stores.
- Command strips (Poster weight is fine for this project)
Even though the fans were inexpensive, a few of them are actually made with real fabric. There are a few different chains of dollar stores in Japan and they are so much fun to shop at. You can find anything from dishes and towels to furniture pulls and storage bins.
How to hang paper fans on the wall:
Open the fan and put a command strip on each end to attach a hand fan to the wall. Make sure to read the instructions on the command strips as there is usually one side meant for the wall. Press and hold in place for 30 seconds.
I selected fans in Asian and floral motifs and modern prints with bold colors. The busy patterns and saturated colors made the fans look small on my big white wall.
I quickly realized that I wanted more of a neutral look so I rehung the fans facing backward. What a difference it made. Here are the Japanese hand fans facing the correct way.
And here they are turned backward. The neutral backdrop still has subtle colors and the textures are so pretty. I snuck one wood fan from my cousin’s wedding at the Japanese Gardens in the mix. The muted colors are really pretty.
A bold IKEA pillow paired with a soft aqua on the upholstered storage bench adds to the boho vibe. I brought those items with me from the states but the colorful area rug I found at a local home decor store here. It is thin with a felt back and can go right into the washing machine to be cleaned.
The foyer now has the perfect spot to drop off purses and scarves and easily remove shoes.
You can also use round paper fans or bamboo fans if you don’t want Asian fans for wall decor. Check out my friend Cuckoo for Design’s DIY Paper Stars would be beautiful wall decor! And a DIY hand fan tutorial from the Spruce crafts.
The door under the stairs has a lot of storage and is where we keep luggage, workout equipment, and larger cleaning supplies.
Did you notice the entry is lower than the rest of the foyer? That is a common feature in Japanese homes and actually has an interesting concept of guests walking up and into someone’s personal space. The lower sections of some traditional Japanese homes’ foyers are actually exposed to earth.
Built-in shoe cabinets can be found in most homes here too. Removing shoes is required in every home and many restaurants and tea houses. I adore these traditions!
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So for only a few dollars, you can have unique, hole-free, gorgeous wall art. Just a few more white walls to go y’all in our Okinawan rental home. Make sure to check out a traditional Japanese rental home too! Do you have a favorite wall treatment?
FYI: This post has been updated since I first wrote it when we lived in Japan. It is one of my favorite renter-friendly ideas for wall decor and I hope you enjoyed it! Read more about our new life in the snippet below.
If you are new here, howdy! I’m a retired military spouse who moved back to Texas after being gone for 19 years. I perfected the art of rental decorating and overcoming challenges in small spaces for over fifteen years but now am tackling homeownership with a new set of challenges! Our family of four lived in some of the most beautiful coastal towns in the US and Japan which have influenced my colorful and global style with DIYs and furnishings in our one-story 60’s ranch-style home in Fort Worth.
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