Paper circle fans, or pinwheels as they are sometimes called, are massively popular in weddings at the moment. En mass they are a great way of filling a space with colour for not much money. On average you can buy these fans for £1-£2 each but you can make them for much less! I made about 60 paper pinwheels and it didn’t cost more than £10 for the lot. They’re super easy to make (and quite addictive too!) – you can even make them while watching TV which is a win for me.
Here I will show you how to create three different sizes using A4 paper but you can use whatever you want. Maps, old book pages, patterned wall paper – the possibilities are endless! I’d love to see what you create so don’t for get to tag @til_i_diy in any of your Instagram posts.
LARGE CIRCLE FAN
3 sheets A4 card – card is best as it will give your fans strength
glue gun and lots of glue
Put your card so it is facing you in portrait then mark every 2cm with a pencil. The marks should be on the smallest side facing you.
Fold your card, still in portrait, back to your first mark. You can fold 2 sheets of card at the same time which makes it much easier to match up your sections.
Turn you paper over and make a matching fold. It is important that you try and meet your marks as closely as possible to ensure an even fold in your fan.
Keep folding. Your last fold should be larger than all your other folds for the next step.
Take your last fold and fold it again so it is half the size of all the other folds. You will find your own method for this process with practice. A top tip I found was make sure your first and last fold are in the same direction as this will make your fan look much more professional.
To make your fan look super professional – take a ruler and press it along your folds for a crisp finish.
When you have folded all 3 pieces of card, take each section and fold it in half with the first and last folds edges facing down (as shown)
Once folded, lay out your sections like this so you can see how it will be glued together in the next steps.
Take your first section and glue the inner two edges together with a zig zag of hot glue.
When glued, press the edges together to ensure there are no gaps.
Once you have glued all three sections together it should look like this ready for the final step…
Now that all three sections have been glued together all that remains is to glue the wheel into a circle. If you are making these in advance I would highly recommend leaving this stage to as close to your wedding as possible as they are much easier to store incomplete.
As well as applying a zig zag of hot glue to the fold, add a large dot of glue in the center of the fan to help keep all the sections together.
And you’re done! Your displaying possibilities are endless. I strung these up to hang around our venue but you could glue them together to make a photo booth backdrop or even layer them in the center of your tables. Get creative – they’re so easy to make the sky’s your limit.
MEDIUM CIRCLE FAN
For a medium fan use 2 sheets of A4, fold in portrait and glue as shown.
SMALL CIRCLE FAN
For a small fan, cut 1 sheet of A4 in half lengthwise, then fold and glue the same way you would for a medium fan.