We're having amazing weather! After days of heat, my daughter made lots of folded paper fans to help us all stay cool. They don't last very long, so we decided to make a sturdier, more permanent version: a paddle fan from a recycled cereal box. They're incredibly effective at keeping you cool, and a perfect project to do with a friend... maybe out at a picnic table in the shade.
I made the fans ahead of time for the girls... they asked for butterflies. They spent an inordinate amount of time decorating them. An experiment with different mediums on the cereal box scraps is a nice way to start. Both girls opted for watercolor crayons and watercolors.
Tempura would be a brighter option, but they were extremely satisfied with their results.
- paints,brushes, markers, crayons, etc.
- collage supplies are another option
- Draw desired fan shape onto the inside of a cardboard box.
- Place both box sides right side to right side and cut out drawn shape. A paper clip holding the two pieces together is helpful, but not necessary.
- Cover one entire glossy side (right side) with glue. Place craft stick on bottom in the center.
- Squeeze more glue on the stick.
- Place the second piece of cardboard on top to form a sandwich.
- Weight it with a heavy book and let dry.
In fact, I was so excited about all this fan making, I had to try one myself. I'll show you my quick little fan next.