How To Make a Spanish Hand Fan

Back in the day, intricately designed hand fans were one of the most popular fashion accessories for women. Most women would never be caught dead without it since it induced a look full of meaning. Yes, hand fans were used to imply an assortment of cultural innuendos with a simple wave, flutter, or gesture. Today, Spanish hand fans have become novelty accessories normally used to complement an outfit or costume, or used for a common practical reason, to beat the heat. A typical Spanish fan is designed with intricately woven lace coupled with a flower such as a rose at its center or in between the folds. Today, you will learn how to recreate this wonderful design and enjoy the cool breeze brought about by the use of a Spanish hand fan.

  • Make the cut. For this project, you will need a sheet of vellum or poster board. Pick a color that will match your outfit or pick one that will suit your needs. Once you have the primary material for the fan, it will be time to start cutting it out. Basically, you will want the material to be cut to a precise dimension of 22 by 8.5 in inches. If the material is too small for these dimensions, consider using two and attaching each of them together with tape to form the specified dimension.
  • Start folding. Once the poster board or vellum has been cut appropriately, it is now time to start creating the folds for the fun. What you will want to happen is fold it so that it looks like an accordion. This will enable you to open up the fan wide and close it down to a stick-like form. Each fold should be 1 inch in width and should be done on alternate faces of the board in order to emulate an accordion. Start with the initial fold then turn the board over to fold the next one succeeding the first one. Make the fold and turn again. Keep at it until you completely fold every inch of the board.
  • Lace it up. Now that the folds and creases of the fan have been completed, it is time to design the fan. Grab your lace and measure it up on your fan, the top part to be precise. Cut the lace to specifications. Once that is done, apply beads of glue to the top tips of the board where the lace will go. Position the lace on those tips and press it firmly into the adhesive filled tips for it to stick. Let the glue dry a bit and start trimming the excess lace left.

Now that the lace has been secured on the fan, the project is almost at its end. The bottom part of the board should be taped up to make it more solid and so it does not get easily ruined from constant use. Once that is done, start adding the embellishments, in this case, the cloth rose or any other flower you deem perfect. Use glue to secure the décor in place.


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