By Noreen Doll.
Make an easy 4th of July fan from a milk jug.
It makes a colorful patriotic favor, and is cheap and easy to create. And it really works to help your guests stay cool.
It’s a great project for kids to help with, as they can cover the fan with colorful designs.
Or you could set up a table with markers and fan shapes pre-cut, and let all the guests design their own fans.
The 4th of July fan can also be covered with paper designs that can be added and sealed with Mod Podge. This method would need to be done ahead, and could actually be done weeks before you need them.
Unlike paper, this fan won’t crumple or break. And you can use non-holiday designs, too.
Because it’s flat, it will slip easily into the inside edge of a purse.
How to Make a 4th of July Fan from a Milk Jug.
1. Draw a fan pattern that will fit the largest side of the milk jug. Try to use the whole flat surface of that side.
This fan won’t have a narrow handle as it is less bendy when it is cut wider, but taper it a little toward the bottom.
2. Use a very fine point marker to trace the pattern onto the side of the milk jug.
I used a thick marker to make the pattern more visible for the photo.
3. Cut just inside the marked line.
I find it easier to cut out the whole panel first, then cut out the fan.
4. To decorate the fan, decoupage pictures or draw on the fans with markers. Kids can be great help with this part.
I Mod Podged some wallpaper balloons on the fan.
5. Cut out the paper designs you want to use on the fan.
6. Apply Mod Podge to the back of the paper design.
7. Press the paper on the fan.
8. Mod Podge over the paper, being sure to cover all the edges. Let dry.
9. You can add a second coat of Mod Podge if you like.
10. I drew strings on the balloons to add a little detail.
This 4th of July fan is ready to be used, or wrapped up for a guest.
Making 4th of July fans is a great way to prepare for the holiday, and to help stay cool.
© Noreen Doll