How to Make Paper Fans

Chinese Paper Fan

Chinese Paper Fans make great decorations for the Chinese New Year holidays or any Chinese celebration for that matter.

Here's how to make a very simple one in seven easy steps, only need some red and gold paper, a little folding and you have an awesome decorative piece for the holiday!

Make a Paper Fan in Seven Easy Steps

Materials needed:

  • One sheet red paper
  • One sheet gold paper
  • Regular Scissors
  • Scissors with fun shape (optional)
  • Glue
  • Gold gift ribbon, curly ribbon, cord, string or similar
Materials for Making Chinese Paper Fan

Step 1:

  • Use the fun shape scissors to trim along the top and bottom edge of the red paper (the longer side of the paper)
Making   Chinese Paper Fan Step 1

Step 2:

  • Cut two stripes of gold paper using the fun-shaped scissors
  • Glue the gold stripes to both ends of the red paper, try to keep the same distance from the top and bottom edges
Making   Chinese Paper Fan Step 2

Step 3:

  • Starting from one end, fold pleats accordion style, about 3/4" apart along the whole length
Making   Chinese Paper Fan Step 3

Step 4:

  • With pleats together, fold fan in half
  • Glue the middle together
Making   Chinese Paper Fan Step 4

Step 5:

  • On the bottom pleat, use the scissors to cut a little knick, with pleat folded to make a tiny hole
Making   Chinese Paper Fan Step 5

Step 6:

  • Open the pleat and thread a piece of gold ribbon through it.
Making   Chinese Paper Fan Step 6

Step 7:

  • Fold the pleat back, tie a little bow or knot or use the ribbon for hanging
  • Your fan is ready!
Making   Chinese Paper Fan Step 7

About Chinese Fans

Red Chinese Fan

Chinese fans have been used for centuries. No one really knows how they originated, it could have been something as simple as Chinese farmers using a leaf or something similar to swat the flies that were bothesome then finding out that the motion actually provided some relief from the blistering heat. But, however the practice started, fans did become very popular, not only for gentle breezes or keeping bugs away, but also as a fashion statement. Silk fans and fans made of feathers gave way later on to the fine and delicate sandalwood fans that are so loved by the Chinese today for the gentle scent they give off.

Nowadays, they are also used as decorative pieces.

More Easy Chinese Crafts - Try these next!

Most Popular Excursions

Got a tip?

Got something to share? Let us know!