I’m super excited to share my latest DIY-project: a free printable & customizable Victorian fan 🙂 Some of the images are Edwardian too, but you guys know the era in question 😉
Here is one I made for my youngest daughter, her name is Torunn: (sorry about the picture quality, I don’t have a camera atm, have to use my phone to capture projects…:-P)
The fan can be customized to your liking. 22 fan-leaves are included in the printable pdf file, the fan looks best with 6, alternatively 7 leaves. When you download or choose to print the file, you will be able to alter the text to your liking. You may also rearrange the order of the leaves, and print only your favorites.
I recommend choosing “Multiple pages per sheet” and choosing custom settings, 1 by 3 pages (at least with A4-sheets this creates the perfect size fan leaves) This will fill one sheet with 3 leaves, and a fan of 6 leaves will fit on two pages. (Notice the “Low Ink” message on my print screenshot? For some reason my printer a-l-w-a-y-s alerts me of low ink, I can’t imagine why…lol!)
I have then glued the prints onto thin cardboard, I find that empty pizza boxes or cereal boxes are just the right thickness. Mod podge applied evenly to the back of the prints with a brush gives the best result. Let dry for quite some time, I prefer leaving them over night, before I start cutting. Also punch the holes at the bottom individually on each leaf, to make sure they don’t slip during punching.
Line up your 6 (or 7) leaves so they spell the name or words you have chosen, and attach a brad right through the holes. Or if you use an eyelet, you can add a silk ribbon or a pretty tassel as well. Finally a thin silk ribbon should be glued to the back of each leaf, to allow both opening the fan in one nudge, and closing it again to the stack of leaves.
If anyone would like the individual png files (without lettering), click HERE to download them from my Google Drive folder.
I have use these elements to create this fan:
Cherubs – Wings of Whimsy(most of the previously posted cherub postcards)
The files are free for your personal use and enjoyment 🙂