How to Make Your Own Cardstock Hand Fan

Fan & photos by Natasha Lawrence

Things You'll Need

  • Card stock sheet 8 1/2 by 11-inches (white or colored)
  • Popsicle sticks (2) 4-inches long
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Scissors

When it's hot outside and one needs something to "fan" himself with to cool off, this quick project will do the trick. Secured by a wooden handle and waving back and forth, the pleated design will force air onto one's face for a refreshing and cooling sensation.

Card stock samples

Choose a sheet of card stock and fold it in half lengthwise, creasing the fold by pressing down along the seam.

Pleated card stock

Open the sheet and lay flat. Fold the 8-inch end to the middle of the sheet and press down making a crease. Do the same with the other end as well. Open and lay flat. Fold the 8-inch end in again, but only to meet the first fold. Make a crease. Do the same from that fold in to the middle of the sheet so that four even sized pleats are created. (See image in this step)

Press all the pleats together and fold in half lengthwise. Make a cut about 1/2-inch at the width of the pleats in the center fold. With a hot glue gun, apply glue to 1-inch of the Popsicle stick. Slip it through the paper cut and secure it to the card stock between the pleats. This is the handle to the fan. Apply additional hot glue along the edge of the fan where the Popsicle stick is and press the edges together. Let dry.

Open the fan and apply hot glue along the inside edge of the bottom of the fan from the center, about two inches on either side of the Popsicle stick. Place the other Popsicle stick on the card stock perpendicular to the first Popsicle stick and press to secure. It will keep the fan open to achieve maximum opening with the pleated fan. (See image in Introduction)


  • If desired, the cardstock fan can be embellished with ribbons, buttons and images.


  • If children are making this project, an adult should handle the hot glue gun.