If you’re planning an outdoor summer wedding in the Washington DC area, you are going to love today’s fun ceremony DIY project. We’re showing you how to make paddle fans for your wedding, a seriously easy DIY project that will comfort guests on a hot and humid summer day. And, we all know the DC area is known for its hot and humid summer days! Not only are these fans practical, but they’re super cute, too, don’t you think!? We designed a (free!) wedding paddle fan template for you to use to help you to “keep calm” and your guests to “keep cool” during your wedding in the summer sun! Here are the details for you to make your own fans…

DIY Summer Wedding Paddle Fan


A7 folded cards (5″ x 7″) (Each folded card is one fan)
Free wedding paddle fan printable
Glue dots or double sided tape
Wavy wooden craft sticks
Optional: Round corner lever punch
Optional: Decorative ribbon

Free Printable Summer Wedding Paddle Fan

To Make:

Download the free wedding fan printable and print onto one side of the folded cards. (For the reverse side of the fan, you could leave it blank like we did, or what about printing your wedding ceremony and turning it into a double-duty program?!)

Free Printable Summer Wedding Fan Free Summer Wedding Paddle Fan

With the card folded in half and using your corner punch, round the four corners. Depending on how thick the cards you choose to use are, you may be able to do a few cards at a time.

Open a card up to the blank inside (the printed part should be on outside) and put glue dots or double sided tape in the four corners of the right side of the card. Next, put double sided tape or glue dots on both sides of the top half of a stick. Line up the stick in the middle of the bottom edge of the right side of the card. Press the stick down to secure it to the card.

Fold the card in half and press the sides together so that corners line up with the stick in the middle. To further decorate, you can tie ribbons or bows around the handles.

Keep Cool and Marry On Printable Wedding Fan


Make sure you check out our growing collection of free wedding printables and other DIY wedding projects – we have some really great ones!

Are you looking for more local wedding ideas? If you are in the mood for more projects and printables, you can check out all of our Washington DC area DIY weddings right here! Be sure to look through our DC area wedding idea galleries and find wedding advice from local DC area pros.

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