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Fan Programs
Fan programs are a great way to dress up the wedding ceremony while also providing comfort to guests at an outdoor ceremony. Below are step-by-step guides for making two different types of fan programs. The first is the panel fan program, which allows for more versatility in terms of the size of the contents contained within the program. The second type of program is the paddle fan program, which is limited to two sides for the contents of the program.
 
See my pricing page for fan program pricing, as well as other project pricing, to have your project done by me.
Panel Fan Programs

Images courtesy of The Knot
Tools and Materials Needed:
  • 80 lb or heavier cardstock (two panels are printed on each sheet for the 10" X 4" programs and three panels are printed on each sheet for the 8" X 3" programs)
  • Eyelets
  • Scissors or paper trimmer
  • Eyelet setting tools
  • Hole punch (same size as eyelets)
  • Computer and printer
  • ribbon (optional)
Recommended Tools and Materials:
Free Downloadable Templates:
There are two different versions of the panel fan program templates available to download. The larger template (10" x 4") contains two panels per page. The smaller template (8" x 3") contains three panels per page.
 
Instructions:
  • Once you download the template you have chosen for your wedding fan programs, you can personalize/format the text. Images can also be inserted onto the fan programs by clicking INSERT and then PICTURE from the top menu in Word. You can then chose an image file or clipart. Once the image is inserted, you can then right click on the image and click on FORMAT PICTURE. Under the LAYOUT tab select BEHIND TEXT under the wrapping style. Click OK. Now you can move the image to where you would like it.
  • Next you can print all the panels for the fan programs.
  • Once the panels for the programs are printed, you can cut all the panels. It takes a lot less time to cut thefan panelsif you use a paper trimmer for the straight edges.
  • Now you can punch holes at the bottom of each panel where a circle is located on the templates.
  • Line up all the holes for the panels of one fan program, and insert and set the eyelet. For instructions on setting an eyelet, click here.
  • Loop and tie a ribbon through the eyelet hole.
Love what you see, but don't have the time to do them yourself? See my pricing page or contact me for more information on having the project done by me. I offer incredibly cheap prices and will work with you throughout the project to ensure you get exactly what you want.
Paddle Fan Programs

Images courtesy of The Knot
Tools and Materials Needed:
  • 2 sheets of cardstock (one for each side of the fan)
  • Jumbo craft sticks or paddle fan sticks
  • Spray paint for the handles
  • Adhesive
  • Ribbon (optional)
  • Computer and printer
  • Scissors or paper trimmer
Recommended Tools and Materials:
 
Free Downloadable Templates:
Each document listed below contains three templates of different lineweights. The lightest lineweight should be used for printing on lighter colored paper, while the darkest lineweight should be used for printing on darker colored paper.
Seashell Template - Coming Soon!
Circle Template - Coming Soon!
 
Instructions:
 
  • Once you download the templates (a ceremony side and a wedding party side) you have chosen for your fan programs, you can personalize/format the text. Images can also be inserted onto the programs by clicking INSERT and then PICTURE from the top menu in Word. You can then chose an image file or clipart. Once the image is inserted, you can then right click on the image and click on FORMAT PICTURE. Under the LAYOUT tab select BEHIND TEXT under the wrapping style. Click OK. Now you can move the image to where you would like it.
  • Next you can print all the fan programs.
  • Once the fan programs are printed, you can cut them out. It takes a lot less time to cut the sides for the fan programs if you use a paper trimmer for the straight edges.
  • Now you can make the handles with either jumbo craft sticks of fan paddles. Jumbo craft sticks are a lot less expensive, but fan paddles dress up the programs. You can use spray paint to paint both sides and the edges of all the sticks if your prefer colored handles. You can use any type of paint to paint the handles if you don't have adequate outside space to use the spray pain, but it will take a lot longer to do so.
  • Once the handles are dry, you are ready to assemble the fans. Apply the adhesive to the two back sides of the fan program. Put a handle between the two sides and place the other sheet on top of the side with the handle on it. I left about 3.5" of the handle sticking out of the bottom of the program, but you can decide how long you would like your handle to be. Press the two sides together. Continue for each program.
  • Once the fan programs were assembled, I went around each program and trimmed the edges so that the two sides met perfectly. I then tied a ribbon at the top of the handle to really dress up the fan programs.
Love what you see, but don't have the time to do them yourself? See my pricing page or contact me for more information on having the project done by me. I offer incredibly cheap prices and will work with you throughout the project to ensure you get exactly what you want.