DIY Paper Fans

Around here, it is hot on the 4th of July. I mean, really hot. Often over 100 degrees. Since we host the 4th of July at our house, I thought it would be fun to make these paper fans to help our family stay a little cooler. These DIY Paper Fans are really quick and easy, and super cute! I even have a template you can download to make them the perfect size and shape.

DIY Patriotic Paper Fans - with free printable template!

American Crafts was kind enough to send me a stash of patriotic craft goodies, and I was really inspired by the American Crafts Glitter Paper and Corrugated Glitter Paper. It’s really strong, so it’s perfect for making fans! I also made a fun chalkboard sign to display with our fans at our party.

DIY Patriotic Paper Fans - with free printable template!


DIY Paper Fans

Supplies needed:

12×12 American Crafts Glitter Paper and/or

12×12 American Crafts Corrugated Glitter Paper

Hot Glue

Large (8 inch) Popsicle Sticks


Star Fan Template – this template is sized to cut the largest star shape possible on a 12×12 sheet of card stock. Make sure you download the template to your computer, then print to get the correct sizing.




Star Fan Template

Star Fan Template

Step One: Download template above and print on 8.5 x11 card stock or paper. Card stock is easier to work with.

Step Two: Cut out star shape and fit onto back of 12×12 Glitter Paper. Place the star face up at an angle like the picture below. Trace, then flip the star over face down and trace the other side.

DIY Patriotic Paper Fans - with free printable template!


Step Three: Cut star shape and hot glue to popsicle stick. Glue about 5 inches of the stick to the back of the paper to make them nice and sturdy.

Step Four: Enjoy your cute paper fans!

DIY Patriotic Paper Fans - with free printable template!

Chalkboard Sign

Supplies needed:

Wood craft frame

American Crafts Corrugated Glitter Paper

Craft paint in coordinating color

Decoupage, glue, or spray adhesive – any of these will work!

Chalkboard paint or chalkboard fabric

Step One: Paint the edges and back of the frame with coordinating craft paint color.



Glitter Paper Frame


Step Two: Once frame is dry, trace onto back of glitter paper.

Glitter Paper Frame

Step Three: Cut out shape, and glue to front of frame. I used an even coat of decoupage medium to adhere my paper. Any clear drying adhesive will work. I also added some of these cute folded paper stars from American Crafts just for fun!

Step Four: Paint picture insert with chalkboard paint, or trim chalkboard fabric to fit.


DIY Patriotic Paper Fans - with free printable template!

I really loved working with these American Crafts products! For more inspiration and ideas, you can follow American Crafts here:





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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by American Crafts, all opinions and ideas are my own.
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  1. I love how cute these papers are! Great project. I included you in a round up of fast crafts for the Fourth of July on Creative Green Living:

  2. nice!! I’m gonna do the fans

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