How I Did It
Materials (per set)
2 110lb (or heavier) cover stock 8.5×11
1 3/16″ eyelet
scissors, eyelet-setting tools, computer, printer
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
Click here to download the paddle fan template
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.
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!
7/9/07: Larger version (7 1/2″ x 3 3/5″) of the original template is now available for download (see above).