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Easy Christmas Crafts: Construction Paper Fan Ornament


This Easy Christmas Crafts Construction Paper Fan Ornament can be made very quickly and inexpensively using simple paper, ribbon and tools. Yet, the finished ornament can range from elegant to whimsical.

Take a look at the various Easy Christmas Crafts Construction Paper Fan Ornament versions hanging on the ornament tree. 

Easy Christmas Crafts Construction Paper Fan Ornament six finished

By using different papers, ribbons and embellishments, it's easy to make a few or many of the Easy Christmas Crafts Construction Paper Fan Ornament holiday decorations.

Easy Christmas Crafts: Construction Paper Fan Ornament Materials and Tools:

  • Paper - 4 inches by 12 inches (11 inches works too)
  • Ribbon - 3 pieces of 1/4 inch curling ribbon 24 inches long (use less if using ribbon that won't be curled) 
  • Embellishment (optional - dried or artificial flowers)
  • Yarn
  • Pencil
  • Hole Punch 
  • Ruler
  • Scissors

Take a look at the simple materials and tools shown here.  The paper is construction paper, but the various examples also show wrapping paper, tissue paper and tracing paper as alternatives.

Easy Christmas Crafts Construction Paper Fan Ornament materials and tools

The Steps for How to Make the Easy Christmas Crafts: Construction Paper Fan Ornament:

Measure and cut the paper four inches wide by 12 inches long (or 11 inches if you are using regular printer paper).  

Easy Christmas Crafts Construction Paper Fan Ornament Step 1 measure and cut paper

Mark along each of the long sides on one face of the paper at 1/2 inch increments. Make the marks small even though they will be on the back of the finished decoration. The Easy Christmas Crafts Construction Paper Fan Ornament can turn once it hangs.

Easy Christmas Crafts Construction Paper Fan Ornament Step 2 mark the fold increments

Use the ruler or a straight edge to help form the folds at each of the 1/2 inch increments.

Easy Christmas Crafts Construction Paper Fan Ornament step 3 fold paper

Alternate each of the folds to form an accordion shape. The two ends should fold toward the back side with its pencil marks.

Easy Christmas Crafts Construction Paper Fan Ornament step 4 alternate folds

With a hole punch, make holes 1/2 inch from the edge and in the center of each accordion fold. For a 12 inch length of paper, there will be 24 holes along one edge.

Easy Christmas Crafts Construction Paper Fan Ornament step 5 make holes near one edge

Cut three pieces of curling ribbon, each at 24 inches in length.

Easy Christmas Crafts Construction Paper Fan Ornament step 6 cut ribbon

Thread all three pieces of the ribbon through all of the holes in the paper.

Easy Christmas Crafts Construction Paper Fan Ornament step 7 push ribbon through holes

With the folded paper in the middle of the ribbon lengths, compress the paper folds and tie a square knot in the ribbons. The Easy Christmas Crafts Construction Paper Fan Ornament begins to take shape.

Easy Christmas Crafts Construction Paper Fan Ornament step 8 tie knot in ribbons

With the edge of the scissors, curl each of the six ends of the curling ribbon.

Easy Christmas Crafts Construction Paper Fan Ornament step 9 curl ribbons

Next, at the top of the fan roughly in the center, punch a hole through one fold. This results in two holes in the paper.

Easy Christmas Crafts Construction Paper Fan Ornament step 10 make hole in top

Cut a length of yarn 8 to 10 inches for the hanging loop.

Easy Christmas Crafts Construction Paper Fan Ornament step 11 cut yarn

Thread the yarn through the two holes in the top of the Easy Christmas Crafts Construction Paper Fan Ornament. Tie the two ends in a knot to complete the yarn loop.

Easy Christmas Crafts Construction Paper Fan Ornament step 12 make yarn loop

For this one, an artificial flower embellishes the front of the Easy Christmas Crafts Construction Paper Fan Ornament. Select the flower and cut its stem from the rest of the bunch.

Easy Christmas Crafts Construction Paper Fan Ornament step 13 select embellishment

Insert the flower's stem through the folds behind the ribbon.

Easy Christmas Crafts Construction Paper Fan Ornament step 14 insert embellishment

The simple yet pretty ornament is finished. Hang the Easy Christmas Crafts Construction Paper Fan Ornament to be enjoyed.

Easy Christmas Crafts Construction Paper Fan Ornament step 15 hang finished decoration

These two versions of the Easy Christmas Crafts Construction Paper Fan Ornament project used wrapping paper. The red one included a flower and a simple red and green cloth ribbon (12 inches long) for its embellishment. The blue one let the paper's decoration be the star and used blue curling ribbon. 

Easy Christmas Crafts Construction Paper Fan Ornament two finished using wrapping paper 

Using thinner paper, the one on the left was made with tracing paper. The one on the right used a glossy tissue paper. The Easy Christmas Crafts Construction Paper Fan Ornament using tracing paper also used a gold wired ribbon and a dried flower as embellishments.

The tissue paper version included a curved edge at the top with holes punched as decorations. A small ribbon tied in a bow with a sprig of dried flowers finished the ornament.

Easy Christmas Crafts Construction Paper Fan Ornament two finished using tracing paper and tissue paper

Though the variety is endless, the simplest and perhaps the most elegant remains the Easy Christmas Crafts Construction Paper Fan Ornament.

The one on the left was made in the steps above. The purple one on the right used a narrow cloth ribbon with another one of the small flowers as its decoration.

Easy Christmas Crafts Construction Paper Fan Ornament two finished

Simple materials and tools that are also inexpensive makes this an easy and enjoyable project for all ages.

Have fun!

The inexpensive and Easy Christmas Crafts Construction Paper Fan Ornament can be fun or profit for families, for church and school bazaars, for senior centers and for groups.


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