The autumnal chill is starting to settle in, post-Handmade Fair tiredness has finally hit us (though you can read about how much fun we had here!) and payday is yet to show his friendly face (has it been a long month for anyone else?!); so we're thinking of having a lovely weekend in with some budget-friendly crafting and a good cuppa. We've chosen these rosette fans from the beautiful book by Juliet Carr of Paperpoms, which was one of your favourites at the fair this weekend! Try using some pretty patterned or coloured tissue paper to create your fans, or even newspaper sheets glued end-to-end if you'd like a graphic urban look. Perfect to decorate a party or just to jazz up your home, we love how Juliet has given paper crafting a stylish make over with her pretty projects!
You will need (makes one 20in/50cm diameter rosette)
4 sheets 20 x 30in (50 x 75cm) tissue paper
Narrow ribbon or fishing line (for hanging)
Clear all-purpose glue
1. Lay two of the tissue sheets together, short end to short end. Overlap the edges by ¾in (2cm). Glue along the overlap and press down so that the paper is smooth. Make sure that the paper is fully glued down, with no gaps. Leave to dry while you repeat with the other two sheets. You should end up with two long sheets, approximately 59in (148cm) long.
2. Lay the first sheet over the second and stack neatly. Holding the two layers firmly— but not so tightly that you scrunch the paper—fold over to make a ¾in (2cm) wide crease. Then, instead of flipping over the sheets, we use the “double fold” concertina technique as follows: hold the first fold that you made (thumbs under the paper and fingers placed on top), raise the paper up toward you by around 2in (5cm) and push a parallel line and fold under with your thumbs until the midpoint of the paper meets the line of the first fold that you made. With each double fold that you make, press the creases down so that you form a nice, sharp, clean line. Try to keep all of the lines straight and even, as it can be easy to skew the folds.
3. Repeat until all your folds are completed. (When you get to the glued parts of the paper, you should be able to continue folding without any problems.) Tie your ribbon or fishing line around the center point and secure in place with a double knot.
4. If you find that the tissue paper is uneven at the ends of the concertina folds, all you need to do is trim them flat with scissors. Alternatively, cut petal shapes into the ends if desired.
5. Move the knot in the ribbon so that it is placed in the middle of the last fold. This will ensure that the rosette will hang vertically rather than horizontally. Fan out the first two halves and make sure that the ends meet; if they do not, re-trim at this point. Using clear all-purpose glue, run a line of glue along one side of the last fold. Lay the ribbon on top of the glue—this way it will be sandwiched between the two layers. This will be the top of your rosette.
6. Pull both fan sides down until they meet and carefully press down together. Now fan out the opposite side and use paper clips to secure the folds of paper at the ends of the rosette.
Paper pom-poms and other Party Decorations by Juliet Carr is available here.