DIY Program Fans

With not much on the social calendar this past weekend, Mr. High Wire and I decided to knock out our wedding programs.

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I had come across this link ages ago, and had it stored in my little special area of wedding projects I wanted to complete before the wedding. While the weather should be significantly cooler by the end of September, we still wanted to have these fans handy in case the temps are still somewhat sweltering.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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  • Printed Programs on Regular White Card stock (we folded them in half for the completed version)

supplies

  • Double Sided Sticky Tape (you’ll need 5+ reams of tape if you plan on doing 150 programs)
  • Popsicle Sticks (2 packs of 25 shown, I bought a total of 6 packages)

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  • Rubber Bands
  • Golf Pencils for the word search on the backside (which are sold at office supply stores and NOT at a golf store nor Wal-Mart, FYI)

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  • Corner Rounder
  • Meat Tenderizer/Hammer once you decide you don’t want your thumbs to bleed

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  • Moral Support

After you’ve gathered your supplies here’s what to do:

1. Fold card stock in half

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2. Round the corners

Here’s a close-up of the front and back:

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Card Stock Corner Graveyard

3. Tape popsicle stick to inside of program, add tape along the edges

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4. Press and seal

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5. Affix golf pencil using colorful rubber bands

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And voila!!

The whole project took 8 hours of labor (I know, ROUGH right?), but don’t let that deter you. A solid 4 hours of that was spent attempting to get the damned corner rounder to punch through two layers of folded card stock. Mr. High Wire rounded every single corner of these bad boys. I’m so thankful!

So unless you have a fiancé that is willing to incur blisters, I might suggest just totally skipping rounding the corners. I wouldn’t suggest going with thinner paper (which would make for easier corner punching) because then the whole “fan” aspect gets sort of lost.

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Thankfully, they are safely packed up and ready to be transported to our venue in just a little over a month!

Did you DIY your own programs? Anyone else nursing thumb blisters after one too many corner roundings?

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Mrs. High Wire

Location:
Dallas
Wedding Date:
September 2011

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    xtatic1 783 posts, Busy bee @ 5:54 pm

    We are fan program twins! Nothing like having a program that serves double duty as a cooling mechanism! Wish I had put a fun game on ours, we didn’t have enough room.

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    bRooklynRocks 4048 posts, Honey bee @ 6:12 pm

    OMG!! Why didn’t I see this BEFORE my wedding?? I did this but I used the step by step. It was awful trying to thread the ribbons and they kept tangling. I should have used a rubber band :(

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 7:28 pm

    These are really cute! When it came to rounding corners for our programs, Mr. E did it all.

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    BrianneG 1042 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:04 pm

    I did almost the same thing, but I made a felt pocket on the stick for the pencil. I also used a background color for the program.

    http://www.nateandbrianne.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=4181

    http://www.nateandbrianne.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=4186

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    meagan, Guest @ 8:46 pm

    Where did you purchase the popcicle sticks? I was just at Micheals and did not find anything long enough for our fans..

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 8:55 pm

    Totally worth the hard work HW, they look awesome and your guests are going to love them!

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    hisbahamamama 994 posts, Busy bee @ 10:28 pm

    I’ve seen ones like this – but never with the rubber band – that’s ingenious!

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    Lola, Guest @ 2:00 am

    Meagan, you can find the sticks at Hobby Lobby. I actually bought some today – they’re in the kids wooden craft aisle by the popsicle sticks.

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    beccanmatt08 88 posts, Worker bee @ 1:11 pm

    Soooo cute!!! Do you have the template youd like to share??

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    honey 1684 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:37 pm

    Super cute, great job!! Fans won’t make sense for our wedding, but I want to come up with something!

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    stephbonthego 710 posts, Busy bee @ 3:45 pm

    Great job!! (and I know what you mean about the golf pencils…found a website I can buy them at, if I want to purchase 20 gross! Um, no thank you!)

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    cinnamonbun 1116 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:13 am

    What’s the meat tenderizer for?

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    K-Lea 8 posts, Newbee @ 12:00 pm

    I found myself in line at Hobby Lobby this week with supplies to do a similar fan … Your programs look great!

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    Brooke, Guest @ 8:06 am

    OMG I LOVE this i was going to but fans and it was like 300$ i have a guest list of 200! thank you so much for finding me a cheaper way to have what i want!! where do you get the programs printed did you do it on your own computer? and how much did this project cost you??

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    awcm 152 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:27 pm

    Where did you find those popsicle sticks and pencils? I’ve been looking everywhere!

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    kattim 10 posts, Newbee @ 9:37 am

    Curious – what size card stock did you use? 8.5x 11 ? or bigger. Thanks! These look super easy, fun and useful!

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    highwire 1021 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:38 am

    @kattim: They are 8.5 x 11

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    highwire 1021 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:39 am

    @awcm: I think my husband found them at Office Depot

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    Erin, Guest @ 12:56 pm

    These are amazing! Would you happen to have the template that you used? I am trying to figure out how to add a background like you did, but am not having much luck.

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    Jessie, Guest @ 6:48 pm

    Hey Mrs. High Wire,
    I was wondering if you would be willing to tell me what you put above the word search and what the front looked like? The close up you posted was to hard to read. How did you fit the program and wedding party all on there so nicely?

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    MrsKachel2B 9 posts, Newbee @ 1:41 pm

    Love this!!

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    kasondra lewis, Guest @ 3:02 pm

    Hello,

    I’ve been searching for 4 hours for a template for this. Can you PLEAAAAAAAAAAAAASE send me yours? I beg of you lol

    kasondra.michelle@gmail.com

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    Tricia Hudson, Guest @ 4:00 pm

    Love this!! Thanks for the idea! Could you please send me the template you used??!!! Thanks!!

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    Tricia Hudson, Guest @ 4:01 pm

    My email is not_sure82@yahoo.com…thanks soo soo much!!

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    scjoens09 2 posts, Wannabee @ 8:06 pm

    This is a great idea and seems much easier than the petal fans. Can you send me your template s.jones_aka@yahoo.com

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    Barbara, Guest @ 4:59 pm

    These are awesome! Could you please send me a template? barb.jean.14@gmail.com

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    Ashanti B., Guest @ 10:16 am

    I love your fans! Could you please email me (a.c.butts@spartans.nsu.edu) the template you used it would be so helpful.

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    Clarice, Guest @ 9:22 am

    Can you please forward me the templates, I can’t figure out how to download them :( Thank you soo much, your programs came out amazing!!

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    Clarice, Guest @ 9:24 am

    Can you please send me the template, I can’t figure out how to download it. Thank you soo much!!

    Cudell182@gmail.com

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    Rhea, Guest @ 1:33 am

    I’m sure you are tired of this question but could you please send me your template as well? I would truly appreciate it.

    barclayandrhea@gmail.com

    Thank you in advance.

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    Debbie, Guest @ 4:37 am

    Love your fans, sorry to ask but is it possible to send your template to me. I see many others have asked and I am not sure what the out come was. We are making our fans this week, and I love yours. You did a great job!!!! Thanks and many blessings

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    highwire 1021 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:23 pm

    Hi ladies,

    I do not have the template for this as they were designed by a colleague who did the graphic design work as a wedding gift for us.

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    karen, Guest @ 8:58 am

    what card stock did u use 80# 110# u just folded together for the full size of fan ..

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    Christy, Guest @ 10:09 pm

    How did the fans actually hold up usage wise?? Were they flimsy at all or did they function pretty well as fans? I am so in love with this idea, I was going to buy palm fans for my wedding and glue the program, but it started to get pricy as I checked out the components of it… This looks like a cheap, brilliant, fun idea!

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    Tricia Bracey, Guest @ 9:29 am

    Christy, I made these for my wedding this past June & the fans held up very nicely. I used card stock from hobby lobby & I used a template I found online. I didn’t do this idea above with the word search & adding pencils, cut the labor down alot! My front & back was my wedding program. There is ton of fan templates out there! Happy searching!

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