Craft a summer flutter fan using the cards from a vintage bingo game.
Old games and their accessories are fun to craft with, but sometimes you are left with pieces that seem unusable. I collect vintage bingo games so that I can make crafts with the wooden number disks. This leaves me with a lot of cardboard bingo cards. For these, I design new paper crafts. Great for summertime festivities, whip up several of these paper fans for those moments when not even a breath of air is moving.
Things You Will Need:
5 cardboard bingo game cards
Heavyweight fusible web
Paper hole punch
Place one bingo card on a sheet of card stock. Trace around the card. Cut the rectangle from the card stock. Fold the card stock rectangle in half, matching the long edges. Employing the same method you would use to cut a heart, cut one side of a fat teardrop with the center of the teardrop along the fold. Unfold the card stock to reveal your full teardrop shape. This is the pattern for each leaf of your flutter fan.
Choose decorative paper for the back of your fan. I used wallpaper, but decorative scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, or paper ephemera can be used. Using a bingo card as your pattern, trace five rectangles on the back of the paper. Cut out the rectangles.
Place heavyweight fusible web on your work surface with the paper side facing up. Using a bingo card as a pattern, trace five rectangles on the web. Cut out the rectangles.
Lay one bingo card on your ironing surface with the back facing up. Place a fusible web rectangle on the card with the paper side facing up. Align the edges. Iron the web to fuse it to the card. Repeat with four more cards and the remaining fusible web rectangles.
Peel the paper from the fusible web. This will leave the glue on the back of the cards.
Lay one of the fused bingo cards on your ironing surface with the glue side facing up. Place a decorative paper rectangle on the card with the pretty side facing up. Align the edges. Iron the paper to fuse it to the card. Repeat with the remaining cards and paper rectangles.
Lay one fused bingo card on your work surface with the back (decorative paper) facing up. Center the teardrop pattern on the card and lightly trace around it using a pencil. Cut out the teardrop. Repeat with the remaining cards. Note: Before tracing, look at the front of your card. The fat part of the teardrop should be at the top of the card.
Measure up 1 inch from the point of a teardrop. Punch a hole using a paper hole punch. Repeat on the remaining teardrops.
Stack the teardrops with the bingo card side facing up. Insert a paper fastener from the front to the back. Secure the fastener on the back.
Spread the teardrops apart to form the flutter fan.
This flutter fan project can also be made using old greeting cards, the boxes for the games themselves or other lightweight cardboard ephemera.