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  • DIY Wedding Program Fans

    April 05, 2018

    DIY Wedding Program fans with ribbons

    Love is hot, especially on a warm summer day! Keep your wedding guests cool with DIY Wedding Program Fans! Start with an inexpensive and easy-to-use Wedding Program Fan Template from Artful Life Designs Digital Wedding Signs and Stationery Collection.


    • 65 lb or heavier Card Stock
    • Glue Tape or Glue Stick
    • Bone Paper Creaser (you can also use the edge of a ruler or wood craft stick)
    • Paper Cutter or X-Acto Blade and Mat
    • Paddle Sticks
    • Round Corner Punch (optional)

    Once you've purchased your program fan template, edited and downloaded it using our online software at Templett.com, you're ready to print and assemble your program fans.

    You can easily print your program fans at home, a copy center or print shop. Read our tutorial How To Print Your Wedding Signs And Stationery for more info. You’ll want to use a heavy cardstock. 65 - 100 lb will work well for a program fan. Our Paper Selection Tutorial offers some great resources for helping you find and select the right paper.

    Printed Wedding Program Fan on White Card Stock

    For a more rustic look, you can use brown Kraft paper.

    Program Fan Printed on Brown Kraft Paper

    Fold the printed fan in half using the center marks as a guide.

    Fold Your Fan In Half Using Fold Marks As A Guide

    Use a bone creaser, ruler, craft stick, or any similar item that will help you get a sharp crease. I used one of my wooden fan paddles and it worked great!

    Fold and Crease Your Wedding Program Fans

    Your fan will be easier to cut if you fold it first. Use a paper cutter for best results.

    Trim Your Fan Using a Paper Cutter

    Trimming your fan while it’s folded gives a really clean and even edge. If you don't have access to a paper cutter, you can use an X-Acto blade and cutting mat.

    Using A Paper Cutter Gives You Clean Edges

    Use glue tape or a glue stick around the edges and in the center where you’ll place the paddle stick. Make sure you get it close to the edges all around.

    Use Glue Tape or Glue Sticks On Fan

    NOTE: I tried Glue Tape, Glue Dots and Glue Sticks and they all worked well. You may want to experiment with a few options to see which you like the best.

    Example of Glue Dots from a Dispenser

    Place the paddle stick so about half of it extends below the bottom of the program fans. My paddles were 8 inches long, so I marked the inside of my programs 4 inches up from the bottom. This doesn’t have to be exact and after doing a few, you could probably just eyeball it!

    Place the Wooden Fan Paddle On The Fan

    Once you have your paddle in place, fold the fan shut, pressing firmly all around to stick it tight.


    If you prefer round corners, use a corner punch, which you can find at your local craft store. A ribbon tied onto the handle is also a lovely accent. We cut our ribbon about 18 inches long and tied it where the paddle met the bottom of the fan.

    Examples Of Finished Program Fans

    Here's a view of one program fan from the back. So cute from both sides!

    Example of a Program Fan from the Back

    Artful Life Designs offers a variety of inexpensive and easy-to-use DIY Wedding Programs, Wedding Signs and Wedding Stationery. All Templates and Printables are BUY 3, GET 40% OFF, so buy a bundle and SAVE!

    We also have many  helpful tutorials for DIY Brides and Grooms! For more information, please read our FAQs page or Contact Us with any questions! 

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