Craft a Japanese Fan!

What You Need:

  • 12" x 18" white paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Watercolors
  • Paintbrushes
  • Stapler
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Tape

What You Do:

  1. Fold the paper in half hamburger-style.
  2. On the folded side of the paper, draw a large rainbow shape for the fan. This works best if the shape is less like a semi-circle and more like half a rounded almond.
  3. Cut out the shape and leave it folded.
  4. Lightly sketch out nature-related themes, such as flowers, trees, and animals on the paper. Some popular designs are cherry blossoms, bamboo, and mountains. Look online or in a book to get some ideas!
  5. Use the watercolors to paint the images using bold brushstrokes, and set it aside to dry.
  6. Fold the paper inward from both corners, accordion style with small creases until the entire paper is folded.
  7. Pinch the bottom of the paper together to form a fan and staple it together.
  8. Tape two popsicle sticks onto the bottom to form a handle for the fan, and you're finished!

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