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GRADUATION Fans to Keep You Cool

By Jackie Burrell
Sunday, May 31st, 2009 at 9:24 am in Crafts.

Paper fans (Courtesy Family Fun Magazine) Commencement is just around the corner and soon we’ll be sitting in the stands, beaming with pride, and frantically fanning ourselves with floppy graduation programs. Is it just us or does the sun shine extra bright on graduation day? We always forget to bring water, and we invariably miss a spot during the sunscreen ablutions, but this year we’re coming armed with proper fans. We spotted these in Family Fun’s May issue, as a charming little gift for a Mother’s Day tea party – but all we could think was, those would be fantastic for graduation, maybe done in school colors, rather than these pastel florals. The Family Fun folks used a 6×12-inch piece of paper, which allowed them to use pretty scrapbooking paper and get two out of each sheet. That size is just right for little hands. But us grown-ups need to move more air on graduation day, so we swiped a sheet of 8 1/2×14-inch paper from the office copy machine and that worked splendidly. Here’s how to do it – make the fans, we mean, not snitch paper.

You’ll need:
1 sheet of legal sized paper, 8 1/2×14
2 popsicle sticks
A small rubber band
Stapler, tape, and any embellishments

Graduation fan 1. Accordion fold the paper, starting along a short end and making each fold about 1-inch wide.

2. Staple it at the center, then glue two popsicle sticks to the paper, one on each side of the staple.

3. Flip the bundle over, grab the top edges of paper and tape them together. Now pull the craft sticks together and fasten them with a rubber band.

Voila. Instant fan. It’s kind of adorable even with Xerox paper, and those folds catch and propel the air in the most gratifying manner. Now we’re going to try it with colored stock, maybe add a little tassel or graduation bling … Happy graduation!

This post is part of the All About Parenting Blog Carnival for June, with graduation party, gift and craft ideas from across the blogosphere.

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