Wallpaper #1 | How To Make A Paper Circle Fan Decoration

Have you ever wanted to know how to make a paper circle fan decoration? They’re super easy to make and look fabulous! Here’s a quick tutorial showing how I make mine.

How To Make A Paper Circle Fan Decoration
Paper circle fan decorations look fantastic all grouped together.
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Making a House a Home

When my sister and her husband sold their house recently they couldn’t find anywhere they wanted to buy.

So — as a stop gap —  they rented a house until one they liked came on the market.

Funnily enough, we did exactly the same when we moved to our village.

It reminded me how tricky landlords can be sometimes; and how annoying it is when you’re not allowed to change the wall colour.

Or do very much to make the property really feel like home.

So I’ve been having a little think about the things that we can do. Thingsto make a rented house feel homely and completely change the look and feel of a room with wallpaper.

Without actually sticking it to the walls.

This tutorial shows how to make a Paper Circle Fan Decoration.

I’ve always used shop bought versions of these — to style my products when I photograph them.

But when I was looking at one recently, it struck me how easy they’d be to make.

And how cool they’d look in various patterns, rather than the block colours that they’re usually sold in.

So here we go — super simple and they look a million dollars!

How To Make A Paper Circle Fan Decoration

You will need:
Scissors or scalpel (whichever you prefer to use)
Ruler and pencil

How To Make A Paper Circle Fan Decoration
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1 — Choose your wallpaper! You can use offcuts for smaller circles or for a larger circle you’ll need a decent length.

Perfect for a little girl’s bedroom. Or a big girl’s she-shed ;)

How To Make A Paper Circle Fan Decoration
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2 — Cut your paper to size.

I used 4 rectangles of wallpaper per circle. One to make up each quarter of my circle fan.

There’s no hard and fast rule with regards to size. 

For mine, I worked to the rule of thumb that each fold was 2cm apart. I had 13 folds in each quarter segment of my circle fan. So the width of each piece of paper was 26cm.

The height of the paper determines the radius of your circle; more height = a larger circle!

How To Make A Paper Circle Fan Decoration
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3 — Mark out the 2cm sections along the length of each piece of paper.

If you wanted your folds to be further apart — or closer together — you can change this measurement to suit.

How To Make A Paper Circle Fan Decoration
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4—  Begin to fold the paper— concertina style — every 2cm.

Fold the paper backwards and forwards until you reach the end of the rectangle.

Then do the same with the other three pieces, until you have 4 concertinaed rectangles of paper, of equal size.

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5—  Next stick the four sections together.

Glue down the right hand edge of your first piece of paper. Then attach it to the left hand edge of one of the other pieces. Repeat this process until all 4 pieces are glued together, to form one long concertinaed rectangle.

Once you have done this, fold along the lines and pinch one end to create a little fan shape.

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6—  Pinching down on the one end very tightly, use the nozzle of the glue gun  to spread glue on to the end of the paper that you’re holding.

Be really careful when you do this, as the glue is very hot!!

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Photo Credit: The Listed Home.

7—  Keep hold of the paper, pinching down tightly for a couple of minutes, until the glue has cooled down. After a little while, you’ll be able to touch it with your fingertip — it should feel tacky (a little like blue tack) — then you can pat it down to form a bond over the end of the paper.

Now when you let go of the paper, you’ll see that the circle fan has formed and is nearly complete!

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8—  To finish off you can use one of two ways, depending on where you’re planning on displaying your circle fan decorations.

If you’re using your circle fans at home you can stick the two edges together with the glue-gun; for a more permanent fix.

If you’re making them to transport to a wedding or party —for example —simply use a paperclip to keep the two sides together. This will ensure that they don’t get bashed or damaged — especially if you’ve made some really large ones.

You can’t see the join from a distance and it means that you can keep them nice and compact, when you’re transporting them.

Simply pinch the two edges together and secure with a paperclip; I used white ones so they’d blend in with the paper.

Photo Credit: The Listed Home.
Photo Credit: The Listed Home.

The paperclip also acts as a hanger for the string; so even if you’ve glued your paper circle fan, use one to hang it up.

Simply thread the string through the paperclip, to the length you’d like the circle fan to hang and that’s it!

Bob’s your uncle.

Photo Credit: The Listed Home.
Photo Credit: The Listed Home.
Photo Credit: The Listed Home.
Photo Credit: The Listed Home.

I’ve also made a quick little film tutorial. I sometimes find that it’s easier to watch someone making something rather than reading written instructions.

Pop along and have a look and please give it a thumbs up if you like it :)

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Caro Davies is a former art-director turned writer and content-creator, and editor behind UK lifestyle blog The Listed Home. She writes about home-related topics, from interiors and DIY to food and craft. The Listed Home has been featured in various publications, including Ideal Home, Grazia, and Homes & Antiques magazines.

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14 thoughts on “Wallpaper #1 | How To Make A Paper Circle Fan Decoration”

  1. Brilliant! Anything that gives me an excuse to the the glue gun out is fine by me, and these are just so pretty. My 5 year old would love to have a go at the non-hot bits too!

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