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DIY: ‘The Last Jedi’ Inspired Hand Fan

Vanity Fair recently released photographs from Star Wars: The Last Jedi taken by the incomparable Annie Leibovitz, and one of those images featured guests at the Canto Bight casino.

One guest in particular caught my attention and she’s standing next to Neal Scanlan (seated, as seen below), the creative supervisor of the Star Wars creature shop.

(Photo: Annie Leibovitz)

She’s holding a black-and-white fan, which I’ve dubbed the “fancy fan,” and I loved the design so much that I created a paper version for myself. You can also have a fancy fan of your own by following the tutorial below.

Step #1: Materials

To make your own fancy fan, all you need is:

  • 1 pair of scissors
  • Glue
  • 1 popsicle stick (I got the wavy kind from Michaels.)
  • 2 sheets of smooth cardstock (I got the Recollections brand that comes with 5 (8.5 x 11 in, 110 lb) sheets from Michaels.)
  • 1 black Sharpie marker (pictured below)

Step #2: Printing the Design

I went ahead and recreated the design using GIMP, as seen above. You can download the PDF from HERE, and when you go to print, make sure to select the highest quality. Also, don’t select “Fit to Page.”

Another piece of advice: try using an inkjet printer. From my experience, laserjet toners and cardstock don’t mix well. Most laserjets use toners that are powder based, so the final product will easily rub off.

Step #3: Time to Cut

Using a pair of scissors, cut along the black edge of the design. The scissors will scrape along the edge as you cut your way around. Fear not! Just use a black Sharpie marker to color in the edges.

Step #4: Glueing the Stick, Part I

Take the front of the fan and keep it close as you put glue on the top of your popsicle stick.

Step #5: Glueing the Stick, Part II

Turn the front of the fan around to expose the white back. Then, take your stick that already has glue and press down onto the center, as seen above. Leave it to dry for about 5 minutes.

Step #6: Glue Everything Else

After the stick is done drying, add glue to the backs of the design. I like to go in with my finger and smudge and spread the glue around, especially along the edges. Take the back of the fan (the one without the popsicle stick on the left) and lay it on top of the one on the right. Make sure to press down.

Step #7: Final Step

If there are edges that aren’t even, you can go ahead and even them out with a pair of scissors or you can grab the black Sharpie marker and color in the exposed edges.

There you go! You have your very own fancy fan inspired by Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Did you make one of your own? Share the images or links in the comments section below.


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1 comment on “DIY: ‘The Last Jedi’ Inspired Hand Fan

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