DIY: Fan Programs

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Click here to have it made
by me at www.ayleedesigns.com

How I Did It

Materials (per set)
2 110lb (or heavier) cover stock 8.5×11
1 3/16″ eyelet

Tools
scissors, eyelet-setting tools, computer, printer

Recommended
Crop-A-Dile (eyelet setter), Rotary Paper Trimmer (cutter), Classic Crest Natural White 110lb Cover (white paper), Vice Versa Cardstock (colored paper)

Template
Three pieces can be printed on one 8.5″x11″ 110lb cover stock. If you’re using cardstock, make sure it’s not index coz that is thinner. First template measures approximately 7″ x 3 1/2″ (widest) and second measures approximately 7 1/2″ x 3 3/5″ (widest). My template has four pages. First page is an introduction. Page 2-4 has the template with different line widths – page 4 having the thickest and darkest. This is helpful to those using darker paper. However, I recommend using the thinnest and lightest one possible.

Click image below to download basic template

Click here to download larger basic template

Click here to purchase pre-designed template below
Pre-designed Program Fan by Aylee

Click here to download the paddle fan template

Click here to have it made
through www.ayleedesigns.com

Adding an image background
Click your cursor on the empty fourth page of the template file. Add your image by clicking INSERT from the top menu then PICTURE. You can either insert a clipart or an image file. Select your image by clicking on it. Right click on the image then click FORMAT PICTURE. Click the LAYOUT tab and select BEHIND TEXT under Wrapping Style. Click OK. Now you can drag your image to anywhere you want it. Notice that your image appears behind your texts.

Directions
Cut on solid lines. You may use cutter or X-acto knife for the straight lines. Use scissors for the curved lines. After all pieces are cut, it is time to put the eyelet that attaches all the pieces together. Click here for instructions on how to set the eyelet. I usually use a 3/16″ hole puncher to make the holes. It’s easier. But now I use the Crop-A-Dile to punch and set the eyelet, it is much easier to use. Tie a ribbon through the eyelet hole if you prefer.

All done and now your guests can enjoy them!

UPDATE:

7/9/07: Larger version (7 1/2″ x 3 3/5″) of the original template is now available for download (see above).

392 Responses

  1. Sasha says:

    Just thought you might want to know…I found a 111lb cardstock (cover, not index) with various colors.

    Here’s the site…hope this helps!!

    http://www.lcipaper.com/TipPaper.shtml#viceversa

  2. Sasha says:

    Hi Aylee –

    Would metallic paper work for this? I have the same printer as you (MP450) and since I can’t find any 110lb coloured cardstock, I figured I could give the 105lb a whirl. Do you have any past experiences using the metallic paper with your printer?

    BTW..I LOOOOOVE YOUR WORK!!! You are sooo kind to share all this info with the public.

    -Sasha.

  3. Bec says:

    Hi,
    I’ve never used the eyelets before and am confused by your photos. Does each piece of the fan have an eyelet or just the ones at the front? Please help. My sister has given me the job of making them and I need to know how many to tell her to buy. Thanks
    Rebecca

  4. aylee says:

    Thank you so much Betty :). I usually find it easier to move the paper as well while I move the scissors. If possible, cut the whole curved edge with one full “cut” without releasing the blades. I’m sorry I don’t know how to explain it better.

  5. Betty says:

    Hi Aylee,

    First, I’m having a hard time cutting the paper perfectly, any sugguestions? Second, I think it’s GREAT that you share this information with the public. Third, You are truly a gifted artist!

    Thanks, thanks, and thanks!

  6. Dana says:

    Im having the same problem. When I try to click on the template it does not come up. Can you also email to me.
    DANA935@aol.com

  7. aylee says:

    Kenyatta… you got mail

    Maggie… I’m looking to accepting new request by mid January

    Susie… you got mail

  8. Susie says:

    Hello I absoulutly love your program fans and I would like to use them for my wedding. When I try to click on the template it doesn’t come up. I was wondering if it would be possible for you to email me the template. I am getting married in June and I’d like to start testing the programs. I would appericiate it very much. Thank you in advance.
    email: vanishing2pink@yahoo.com

  9. Maggie says:

    Hi Aylee,

    You are so talented. I was wondering when do you think you might be able to make the fans again? I would love for you to make them. If not do you have a die cutter to help with the process? Happy New Year

  10. kenyatta says:

    I used 105 lb cardstock that is metallic and first it is too heavy to run through the printer and second I cannot see the lines! Ugghh! Also when you cut your fans how do you get them to be so precise. I did a pretty good mock up however the cutting just needs to be tightenedup a smidge lolol…Please help!

  11. aylee says:

    Hi Nancie… http://www.dafont.com has detailed instructions for both Windows and Mac OS. The direct link is http://www.dafont.com/faq.php. Hope this helps!

  12. Nancie says:

    Hi Aylee,

    I was wondering about the link to the fonts at the beginning. I would like to use one of them but I can’t figure out how to download it to work on MS Word. Please let me know. Thanks!

  13. aylee says:

    Hi Susan… it is hard to find a colored 110lb coverstock. I haven’t found one online. I did find a few at Paper Presentation and some at professional printers.

  14. Susan says:

    Thanks Aylee, I’ll go to those sites to look for designs. I’m also looking for a place to order 110 weight card stock in pink – any thoughts?

  15. aylee says:

    Hi Susan… You can try cliparts or dingbats. I like Microsoft Cliparts (http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/clipart/default.aspx?lc=en-us) and search for “flourish” or “dividers.” Most font sites have dingbats. The sites that I like are dafont.com (free fonts) and myfonts.com and veer.com.

  16. Susan says:

    Hi Aylee,
    We are making your fans for my daughter’s July 2008 wedding. We’re wondering where to find the elements you used to “decorate” the fans – such as at the top and around the grommet. Are there places on the net to download something like that?

    Thanks!
    Susan

  17. aylee says:

    Hi Nancie… I like Paper.com.

  18. Nancie says:

    Hi Alyee,

    Thank you so much for the wonderful idea and template. I know you give information at the beginning with a list of websites to order card stock from but I can’t seem to find a good one. Which one would you recommend?

    I am trying to see if I will be able to do these for my wedding in May 2008.

  19. aylee says:

    Hi Lisa… You’re welcome :). I’m glad I could help. The longer eyelet can hold only up to 6 leaves if you use 110lb cover. If you’re using more, you can use brads or screwpost.

  20. lisa says:

    Hi, this is so kind of you to post! Just wondeirng if I’ll need a longer eyelet in order to connect the 6 piece fan (since common sense leads me to believe it will be a bit thicker). Can you let me know?

    Again, thanks for sharing your creativity!

  21. aylee says:

    Hi Kayla,

    Use a printer that doesn’t fold the paper much when it prints. I usually prefer those that have the feeder and where the prints come out, on opposite sides (i.e. feeder in the back and prints out in the front). I have a Canon PIXMA and it worked great.

  22. Kayla says:

    Hi Aylee –

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas!!! My question is, what type of printer do you recommend for printing on 110 lb+ cardstock?

    I have 2 HP printers and I experience paper jams on both all the time!

    Thanks for your suggestions…

  23. aylee says:

    Hi Kerry,

    That is right, you need the longer eyelets. Scrapbook.com sells them. In their superstore, just search for 3/16 eyelet.

    No I don’t use a washer. The washer makes the pieces harder to move.

  24. Kerry says:

    Hi Aylee– thanks so much for providing the template! I’m doing all the paper goods for my sister’s wedding. I have the crop-a-dile, but am having trouble getting the fan to actually fan out once the eyelet is set. I gather from another comment further up that you need long shank eyelets. Is that correct? and if so, do you have a source to relay where I can find them? Thanks!

    Also: Do you finish the eyelets with a washer on the back, or just leave them as is?
    Kerry

  25. aylee says:

    Hi Tenesha, I was referring to the line width when I said thinnest and lightest possible.

    “Page 2-4 has the template with different line widths – page 4 having the thickest and darkest. This is helpful to those using darker paper. However, I recommend using the thinnest and lightest one possible.”

    Recommended materials are listed at the top under “Materials:”

  26. Tenesha says:

    You reccommend using the thinnest and lightest paper possible. Why is that? I wanted to use these programs and actually make them be able to function as a fan for an outdoor wedding. I planned on usings some type of cardstock. Will that work?

    Never mind. I saw some of the other posts that discuss using cardstock.

    Thanks!!!

  27. Marie says:

    Hi Aylee.
    Thank you..this is my first do it yourself project and your help is much appreciated.

  28. aylee says:

    Hi Marie… I don’t think it’s tacky to print a monogram on the back. But it’s a matter of personal preference.

    Cardstocks can come in either cover or index. 110lb index is thinner than 110lb coverstock so I say cover all the time. But then again, it’s all up to you what paper you want to use.

    I think adding a tassel is a nice touch.

  29. Marie says:

    One more question tassel or not?Thanxs

  30. Marie says:

    Hi, I love this site..Great help with program fans…just wondering would it be tacky to print a mongram on the back of the program fan and is card or cover stock better for fans?

  31. aylee says:

    Sarah… Yes you may use 80lb or any weight you have. 110lb will just make your fans a little less flimsy.

  32. Sarah Anderson says:

    Can you use 80lb cardstock or is there a reason it should be 110lb?

  33. aylee says:

    Hi Christine,

    Unfortunately not. You can use a cutter for the straight lines, but you will have to cut the curved lines with scissors.

  34. Christine says:

    I have already started to cut and put together a few fans, but I was wondering….is there an easier way to cut these?

  35. Dana says:

    Im really interested in doing the program fan myself. I have tried to download the template and can not. Are there programs this template does not work with. Can someone, please help me get this downloaded.
    My email address is DANA935@aol.com.
    Its a great idea and I have until June 2008, but I would like to make sure I can do it.
    Thanks

  36. Christine Grant says:

    I love the program fans!! I am also wondering tne same thing as Dana. What needs to be done to use the template? I’m getting married in December and I am on a budget. I would love to try and make them myself!

  37. Dana says:

    what do I need to do to get the template of the wedding program fan. Do I make a doantion? It is not very clear.

  38. Dana says:

    How to get the template for the wedding program fan???I can’t seem to downloand

  39. eve says:

    Hi Aylee,

    I emailed you but you’re booked. V. sad. I was wondering the same question as the earlier post. I am doing the fans on the wooden stick (my cutting is horrendous) and am looking for a template. Also advice about stock paper. Any help/advice would be appreciated.

    Thanks!

  40. Honey Bear says:

    I’m experiencing trouble with the eyelets. Are there any eyelets which allow the fan panel to move? If so where can I find them? I need to make 150 programs before Aug 12th. Thanks so much for your help.

  41. aubrey says:

    Hi, Aylee. I LOVE your fan programs. I am going to attempt to DIY however I am very interested in having you create a monogram or two and perhaps help me with a design for the bottom of the fan where the eyelet goes. Do you have an email address so I can send you what I have found design wise and see if you think it’s possible and also discuss what’s on your timeline?? Thanks so much!! Thanks for sharing these fabulous ideas and your work at such a reasonable price! It really is a HUGE help especially when it’s crunch time. Have a great day! ~ Aubrey

  42. Pam says:

    do you know where i can buy 110lb cardstock especially in color? i seem to be able to only find 105lb cardstock or lower and mainly only in white.

  43. katya says:

    How do you cut it? With scissors by hand?

    Thanks!

  44. Kj says:

    I have gotten a few requests for my copy of the template. It is the exact same one as is available for download, so I will not be sending out my copy anymore.

    I did find eyelets with longer shanks at http://www.fairelady.com.

  45. Natalie says:

    Hi Aylee,

    I think you totally rock. The stuff you create is beautiful and it’s wonderful of you to share it with us! I am trying to DIY a program fan (one that has a wooden stick). Do you have any templates or advise you could offer me? I was trying to do cool designs like those you have in the example above (I love the decorations and the fonts!) but it comes out looking pretty pathetic… Any advise you could offer would be greatly appriciated!

  46. aylee says:

    Due to several requests, I updated the post and included a larger version of the template. It’s now available for download above.

    Please note that I usually respond to comments to this post via email, not here.

  47. Ali says:

    These are great!! Is there a way to make the fan template larger?

  48. Brittney says:

    Hello! I love what you have done! Can you please tell me how you can make the fan template larger?

    :) Brittney

  49. Kj says:

    If you send me your email address I will send you the template that I have. It prints the lines. My issue is that the eyelet does not allow the fan pieces to move at all. kjerstinsmail-wedding@yahoo.com

  50. Rebecca says:

    I’m trying these for my best friends wedding. She emailed me the template she wanted me to use from somewhere online and I foolishly worked for hours on the entire thing without testing what she sent me. Now when I print it off of word it won’t show the fan pieces around the text. So, I’ve been searching for anyone else who may have been working with one of these templates, that led me to your site. I tried printing yours too and it does the same thing. How do you get the fan template to print around the text? Thanks for your help!

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