Craft Project: Lace Fans

Delicate fans to decorate with. They would make adorable favors for a wedding shower too.

Approximate Time: 20 minutes



  • 4 inch wide lace
  • thin ribbons, coordinating colors
  • wider ribbon for bow
  • string to hang
  • beads
  • hot glue
  • Elmer's glue
  • small paint brush
  • iron
  • marker to match ribbons and beads


  1. Cut your lace about 15 inches long.
  2. Fold like an accordion and press very well with an iron.
  3. Mix 1 part Elmer's glue with 1 part water, about 3 tbsp each. With paint brush "paint" the entire length of lace lightly. Let dry and refold, the fold marks will remain.
  4. Choose a marker that will match your ribbon and beads. Mark all the edges of the fan, just at the tips as you can see in pic.
  5. Choose about 3 colors of thin ribbon. Take one and tie at one side of your fan. Tie tightly and knot. Tie the other 2 ribbons at same place. Let ribbon ends hang loose, cutting tips on an angle. Take the thicker ribbon and make a bow. Attach to the knotted area of your thin ribbons with hot glue.
  6. Add a bead to the center of the bow. Add beads along the pleats at the top of your fan and a couple at the base as shown in picture.
  7. Any kind can be used, beads or pearls. I used Swarovski crystals for a sparkle.
  8. Attach a string to the top to hang. If you'd rather you can hot glue a magnet button to the back and hang on fridge.

Note: Make these in colors to match holiday decor for a cute addition to your gift packages. Use beads matching your wedding party to use as favors at a shower.

By Myst from Muncie, IN

January 11, 20110 found this helpful

These are perfect for gift packages. Good idea.

Thanks for sharing it.


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January 12, 20110 found this helpful

Really cute. Thanks for the stiffening tip.

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January 14, 20110 found this helpful

Adorable little Victorian touches to add to a large variety of items including other crafts. Thank you for great instructions for the nicely done craft idea. I also appreciate the tip on stiffening the lace to hold the pleats. Lee

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January 15, 20110 found this helpful

This is lovely and easy to make craft. Thanks for sharing.

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