Repurposed Hand Fans Into Christmas Trees

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2 Hours

From December 1st to December 23rd I’ll be sharing three Christmas projects per week on my blog Color Me Thrifty, for my Twelves Days of Christmas Projects, and I’m super excited to get started!

Every Christmas season it’s so much fun to look into my thrifted stashes to see what I have to create with.

I’ve always been fascinated by hand fans, and a while back I found a bunch on the cheap (50 cents each) at a thrift store .

Here are the hand fans that I’m using for the repurposed Christmas tree project. The pattern is so pretty, and it’s highlighted with fold glitter here and there.

Perfect for a Christmas tree project or two.

It’s super easy to remove the metal thingy that holds the fan together by just twisting with pliers…

… and pulling it out.

Decide how wide you want your tree to be and cut through the fabric with scissors.

Next you need to glue the plastic parts together to create your tree shape.

It’s a good idea to hold it for a few seconds while the glue is cooling. Just watch your fingers.

For extra strength I ran some glue across the back just to be sure.

Here’s a bunch of hand fan pieces glued together in tree shapes of various widths.

And here are three similar one-tier tree shapes.

Super easy and super cute, but now they need their finishing touches.

I looked in my stashes and found some Christmasssy straws, and some drawer knobs.

I glued the straws to the back of the hand fans, and into the drawer knobs.

The knobs already had holes in them, but I did have to make them a little larger so the straws would fit it. To do that I used a drill and a drill bit that was the right size.

I spray painted the knobs a pretty green because I didn’t want them to take away from the trees. They blend in nicely instead of standing out too much.

For the tree toppers I used some vintage light reflectors, which is blinged up even more with some faux rhinestones from a bracelet.

These repurposed hand fan Christmas trees are about between 11 1/2 to 12 inches tall from base to the top tip of the star.

To create larger Christmas trees I glued three of the hand fan parts together, with the widest at the bottom.

For these two large trees I added two larger vintage light reflectors as tree toppers. I didn’t feel the need to have trunks or bases for these trees.

They are 15 and 18 inches tall.

These trees were so much fun to make.

And here they are altogether.

This repurposed hand fan Christmas tree project was pretty easy and pretty quick too, and I think it turned out super cute.

I hope this project inspires you to look into your own stashes to see what you might have to create some fun and funky Christmas trees.

You can find more repurposed Christmas tree projects on my blog here.

Suggested materials:
  • Folding hand fans   (thrift store)
  • Straws   (dollar store)
  • Drawer knobs   (thrift store)
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