How to make DIY Christmas Trees from Hand Fans
From December 1st to December 23rd I’ll be sharing three Christmas projects per week, for Twelve Days of Christmas Projects, and I’m super excited to get started!
Welcome to Day One!
You can find links to the other projects at the end of this post.
Every Christmas season it’s so much fun to look into my thrifted stashes to see what I have to create with. Like the repurposed garden hose tree that I shared two weeks ago.
I’ve always been fascinated by fabric hand fans, and a while back I found a bunch on the cheap at a thrift store.
Here are the hand fans that I’m using for the repurposed Christmas tree project. The pattern is so pretty, and it’s highlighted with fold glitter here and there.
Perfect for a Christmas tree project or two.
Taking apart folding hand fans
It’s super easy to remove the metal thingy that holds the fan together by just twisting with pliers…
… and pulling it out.
Decide how wide you want your tree to be and cut through the fabric with scissors.
Gluing the repurposed hand fans to create tree shapes
Next you need to glue the plastic parts together to create your tree shape.
It’s a good idea to hold it for a few seconds while the glue is cooling. Just watch your fingers.
For extra strength I ran some glue across the back just to be sure.
Here’s a bunch of hand fan pieces glued together in tree shapes of various widths.
Small repurposed hand fan Christmas tree
And here are three similar one-tier tree shapes.
Super easy and super cute, but now they need their finishing touches.
I looked in my stashes and found some Christmasssy straws, and some drawer knobs.
I glued the straws to the back of the hand fans, and into the drawer knobs.
The knobs already had holes in them, but I did have to make them a little larger so the straws would fit it. To do that I used a drill and a drill bit that was the right size.
I spray painted the knobs a pretty green because I didn’t want them to take away from the trees. They blend in nicely instead of standing out too much.
For the tree toppers I used some vintage light reflectors, which is blinged up even more with some faux rhinestones from a bracelet.
These repurposed hand fan Christmas trees are about between 11 1/2 to 12 inches tall from base to the top tip of the star.
Large repurposed hand fan Christmas trees
To create larger Christmas trees I glued three of the hand fan parts together, with the widest at the bottom.
For these two large trees I added two larger vintage light reflectors as tree toppers. I didn’t feel the need to have trunks or bases for these trees.
They are 15 and 18 inches tall.
These trees were so much fun to make.
Supplies needed for this repurposed hand fans tree project:
- Folding hand fans
- drawer knobs
- light reflectors
- hot glue gun
- hot glue sticks
- spray paint
- drill and drill bit (if needed)
And here they are altogether.
This repurposed hand fan Christmas tree project was pretty easy and pretty quick too, and I think it turned out super cute.
I hope this project inspires you to look into your own stashes to see what you might have to create some fun and funky Christmas trees for yourself.
It would be greatly appreciated if you would pin this project to your favorite Pinterest board, and also share it with your friends.
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Thanks so much for reading and until next time,