Japanese Fan Art

While traditional Japanese fans are made with decorative papers and bamboo sticks, children can make their own version using paper, craft sticks and feathers as an accent.


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Step 1. Gather your supplies.

Make a Japanese inspired fan

Arts and crafts fan project with feathers

Step 2.

Draw the fan shape shown on pink construction paper. We made a free template you can download by clicking the “template” button under the picture for this project. Download, print, cut and trace the template for the fan.

Make a fan for kids

Step 3.

Cut out the fan shape. Tip: practice cutting skills with young children and have them cut along the lines drawn.

kids arts and crafts fan

Step 4.

Paint (5) Jumbo Craft Sticks and put aside to dry.

kids craft fan

Step 5.

Lay the pink fan and (2) Craft Sticks in the position shown on a piece of blue construction paper. Do not glue down yet! Trace the outside of the craft stics for placement.

children's craft how to make a fan

Step 6.

Remove the pink fan shape. Starting at each end, glue the (2) craft sticks down to the construction paper, using the lines you traced as a guide. Next Glue the middle piece, so that it overlaps the 2 side pieces. And finally glue the 2 inside pieces, so that they overlap the middle piece, as shown.

handmade fan

Step 7.

Glue your fan piece onto the craft sticks.

Children's fan craft

Step 8.

Glue White Feathers into the fan. Tip: Add glue to the fan first then press the feathers into the glue.

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