Thursday, June 30, 2011

Fans & Fireworks

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It was just before the light reaches the time of tall shadows. The sun, low in the sky, caught the dust that hangs above the road. A thousand flecks of gold in the still, heavy air. It was then summer arrived. The season for simple things. Night breezes, page-turners, the whir of an old electric fan. And, that quiet sort of reverence for home and country.

With those things in mind, I designed these handheld fans for the Fourth of July. You can print and make them yourself; here's how: Click here to download clip art, print on cardstock and cut out. Score and fold along white line. Unfold and lie flat. Now, working perpendicular to your first fold, score at half inch intervals. Fold accordion style. Shape into circle and glue at top using tab. Let dry. Glue wooden sticks to each of the remaining ends and tie or glue sticks together.

A couple of notes: The wooden sticks can be found at Michaels. I stained them using a water-based stain by FolkArt (found with the acrylic craft paints) - it's perfect for these kinds of projects (where it would be too inconvenient to break out the hardware store stuff). Also, a bone folder and scoring board or ruler are extra helpful here — they'll give you those even and crisp folds every time.

21 comments:

VintageBettys said...

Lovely,they would be great for the holiday!

postcards and pretties said...

these are so cute & patriot!

Sarah loves it all said...

These are so lovely! I just found your blog, and I am SO glad! Your pictures are really beautiful.

Maddy @ Somewhere Splendid said...

I adore these. Gorgeous as usual!

Punctuation Mark said...

i love these... super cute!

Winny said...

Happy 4th of July. Like the black one.

Madeline said...

These are so simple and beautiful! I love how one embodies the stripes, and the other the blue and stars...

Nicky | JAF Gifts said...

This is so pretty! Too bad I saw this just now... but perhaps I can try this for another occasion, with another design. Thank you!

Designs Good said...

Those are lovely--thank you!

Shannon @ A Mom's Year said...

The bad news is I just arrived here today so I'm late for this 4th of July, but the good news is that I'm ahead for next year! These are beautiful and so original. Thank you for sharing with us.

Gandhali said...

hey livy! beautiful fans, they reminded me of the precious fans my gran brought for me from USA more than a decade ago... good times :')

i just had a question, what is the typeface that you used to write the "how to", and where can i get a copy of it? it's beautiful!

Erica said...

Gorgeous as usual!

Silver MLM

elissa @ faucethead said...

great work. i could use the striped one this week... it's scorching!

Carolyn Jae said...

Perfect! I am going to do these with my American Girls Club girls next week. As much as I LOVE the stars and stripes designs, I would like to be able to make a template to have the girls trace onto scrapbook paper. Do you know of any way to turn the clipart into a template?

Rachel said...

Please, POST MORE OFTEN.
Your posts are such a rare treat.
Q: I am working on a collaborative project, and am collecting recipes. Would you send me your favorite, tried-and-true recipe?
Thank you and keep posting!

Rachel
http://the-pea-and-me.blogspot.com/2011/07/whats-your-favorite-recipe.html

Tucson Web Design said...

How cool. I will have to keep these in mind for next year..

Joanne said...

These a beautiful - and so nicely photographed. I shall most definetly be making some.

Kakav Nered said...

like a lollipops....uff :))

emily said...

So sweet! love the little flowers especially!! and i'm not a kid haha

RAKU. said...

million thanks for sharing, Greetings

erikarudl said...

Hi! I just printed a bunch of these for my son's birthday party...however, I'm having difficulties figuring out how to assemble them! I ended up having to cut the two symmetrical halves of the fan in order to make it big enough to form the circle, and then after I glue it to the stick, it won't stay, but keeps "popping" out of shape.
Any suggestions? Am I doing something wrong? Would you mind giving me some more detailed instructions?
Thank you!
~Erika

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