Accordion fans, medallions, whatever you want to call them, they’re adorable and have been popping up all over the place! Typically used as party decor, we decided we needed a reason to keep them up a bit longer than one day. We created this layered fan art piece intending it to act as a more permanent home decor feature. You can easily bring color and texture into your home without spending more than 10 dollars and an evening putting it together! We’re always down with that kind of project. By texturing some cardstock and using spray paint and gold leaf to add dimension, paper fans take on a new life. Hang this installation up in your entryway and greet your guests with an artful display!
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Layered Fan Art Piece
- 12X12 pieces of cardstock (You’ll need three pieces for one large fan, 2-3 pieces for the medium size, and 1 piece for the small sizes)
- Acrylic paints
- Gold Leaf
- Spray paint in bright pink
- Command Hooks
- Hot glue gun
- Texturize your paper with acrylic paints by creating various patterns such as large brush strokes, splatter marks, stripes, etc. Let dry.
- For the large fan, accordion fold 3 pieces of cardstock of the same color/pattern using a 1-inch fold.
- Fold the paper in half to create a fan. Repeat with each paper.
- Take the 3 fans and hot glue the edges together, with the folded edge of the fans all meeting in the middle to create the center of the medallion.
- For the medium fan, repeat the above steps but trim the paper to 10-inches or 8-inches tall.
- For the small fan, cut a piece of 12×12 paper in half, accordion fold each half, fold in half, and glue together the two fans.
- To add additional detail, gold leaf a few areas on some of the fans and/or spray paint the centers or edges of them.
- Hot glue small loops of twine onto the back of the fans. Install command hooks to the wall in the desired pattern and hang the fans in place.