Japan Fan Craft


Another fun way to make Japanese Paper Fans! You can use our premade fans to color or paint abeautiful picture….or use our printable fan
template and let children design their own! This is a fantastic group activity as each project turns out wonderfully unique.


  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Glue
  • Stapler
  • Beads
  •  String or Raffia

Suggested Resources for a Unit Study:


Art Project Tutorial:

Step 1

Turn your paper over to the back, and fold up the edge about an inch. Crease well.

Step 2

Turn your paper over to the front, and fold folded in Step 1.

Step 3

Turn your paper over to the back again, and fold the edge up again. You’re making a an accordion like fold.

Step 4

Repeat the above steps of folding until you have reached the end of your paper. If it doesn’t line up, just trim it off.

Step 5

Pinch one end of the paper, and fold it upwards. You can staple it from here, or use Raffia or String to bind it.

Step 6

Wrap your Raffia around the bottom end of upwards so that you wrap over it as you go.

Step 7

Wrap all the way up to the top of the fold, and tuck the extra Raffia under your wrap with a pencil.

All Done

You now have a beautiful Japanese Fan you can add to your resources.

Option 2: Step 1

Fold the paper like an accordian as you did above.

Step 2

Fold the paper upwards in the middle.

Step 3

Optional: If you like you can add a layer of glue between the paper to keep it together.

Step 4

Pinch the bottom of the fan to make the handle. Use the Raffia, and start at the top. Leave a good 5 inches for the beads. (see photo)

Step 5

Wrap the Raffia around to the bottom, and tuck the extra in with a pencil.

Step 6

Add your beads to the 5 inches you left out at the top of the handle. Secure by tying a knot with the last bead.

Step 7

Now you’ve got a beautiful paper fan with decorative beads!



Comment (1)

  • Meghan Reply

    Nice project! What are the dimensions of the paper please?

    August 4, 2021 at 9:53 am

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