Easy 4th of July Starburst Paper Fans to Make with Kids

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These pretty 4th of July starburst fans are easy to make with kids.

4th of July fans kids' craft
Easy paper fans to make for 4th of July. Katherine Lee

Fireworks aren't the only thing that can provide starbursts this 4th of July: These beautiful and super-easy starburst paper fans are the perfect 4th of July craft to make with kids. Make a whole batch to decorate a table, or tape them to a length of yarn or decorative twine to make a garland to put around the house to celebrate the 4th.

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Materials to make the 4th of July paper fans.

Materials you'll need to make these 4th of July paper fans.
Here's what you'll need to make these 4th of July paper fans. Katherine Lee

These easy paper fans can be made using just a few materials. Here's what you'll need:

  • origami paper or colored paper (in shades and patterns of red, white, and blue) (NOTE: You will need 2 sheets of origami paper of the same pattern to make one fan, or one 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of solid colored paper cut in half to make one solid-color fan)
  • disposable chopsticks
  • washi tape (If you don't have washi tape, you can just paint the chopsticks to add a pop of color)
  • Therm-O-Web SuperTape (or another strong double-sided adhesive)
  • scissors
  • stapler
  • ruler

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Begin folding the paper to make the fans.

begin folding the paper fans
Begin folding the paper to make the fans. Katherine Lee

Using a ruler as your guide, make a one-inch fold in the paper.

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Continue making folds in the paper.

fold paper for the 4th of July paper fan
Keep making folds to form a fan. Katherine Lee

Continue folding the paper, accordion-style, by flipping it over after each fold.

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Flatten the folds with the ruler.

flatten the paper
Use the ruler to press down on the creases of the fan. Katherine Lee

Use the ruler to flatten the folded paper. This will make the creases more prominent when you open up the fan.

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Fold in half and cut the ends.

cut ends at an angle
Cut the ends in a diagonal line. Katherine Lee

Next, fold the strip of paper in half and cut the ends in a diagonal line.

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Staple the center of the strip.

staple the middle of the fan
Staple the center of the paper strip. Katherine Lee

Next, secure the center of the strip of paper closed with a stapler.

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Put tape on one side of the strip.

Put tape on the sides.
Put strips of tape on one side of the strip half. Katherine Lee

Take the SuperTape or another adhesive and put it on one side of the strip of paper as shown.

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Tape the sides together.

tape closed to make a fan
Tape the sides together to make the fan. Katherine Lee

Secure the sides together to make a fan shape. You will now have a semi-circle, which is half of the fan.

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Make another half and tape together.

two parts of one 4th of July paper fan
Make another fan shape and secure together. Katherine Lee

Take the second sheet of paper and repeat the previous steps to make the other half of the fan. You will now have two identical fan halves.

Put tape on one of the halves and secure them together. (NOTE: Leave the other half untaped for now--you're going to add the chopstick before you complete your circle.)

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Put washi tape on a chopstick.

washi tape on chopsticks
Put washi tape on a chopstick. Katherine Lee

Take one chopstick and cover it with washi tape. Now you're ready to open up the fan into a circle.

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Close the circle to make the fan.

Close the circle of the fan
Tape the sides of the fan and the chopstick closed. Katherine Lee

Now you are ready to close the circle to form the fan. Put tape on the edges and secure the chopstick. Add more double-stick tape and seal the edges together to form the circle and finish your fan.

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Here it is! A pretty starburst paper fan for 4th of July.

finished starburst 4th of July paper fan
Here is a finished 4th of July paper fan. Katherine Lee

Ta da! Here's what your starburst 4th of July paper fan will look like.

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Make a batch in different colors and patterns of red, white, and blue.

starburst paper fans for 4th of July
Make a batch in different colors and patterns. Katherine Lee

Make a batch of these pretty starburst flags with your kids in different patterns and colors of red, white, and blue to decorate your 4th of July celebration. Happy 4th of July!

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