Chinese Fan Craft

This cute Chinese fan makes a good craft for a China theme or perhaps during the summer. Choose a pretty design like our butterflies, or perhaps decorate with Chinese characters for something a little more dramatic!

Chinese Fan Craft

You will need:

  • A piece of paper about 1m by 20cm. Fax paper is ideal (we were fortunate enough to find an old Venetian blind which came ready pleated)
  • Two wide popsicle sticks
  • PVA (white) glue
  • Sticky tape
  • Colouring pens

Decorate your paper with the pens. We went for butterflies and flowers but older children might like to try something more authentic like blossom or calligraphy.

‘Pleat’ the paper into folds about 1 1/2cm wide.

Glue a popsicle stick onto each end of the paper. The popsicle sticks should stick out about 2cm above the top of the paper.

Chinese fan step 1

Tape the bottom of the fan together.

Chinese Fan step 2

To open your fan, bring the popsicle sticks all the way round so that they meet.

Chinese Fan step 3