HOW TO CREATE A PARTY BACKDROP WITH PINWHEELS & PAPER FANS
Today I am going to show you three easy ways to create a party table backdrop using paper or tissue hanging fans or what many like to call “pinwheels”. . . which I will correctly define right now-
These spinning fun designs above are actually PINWHEELS
And these circular paper or tissue designs are actually HANGING FANS
I just had to clear that up. . . whatever you call them is fine but the one question I am asked often is what do you do with them or how do you display paper and tissue fans at a party? Today I am going to offer some instruction and inspire you to create a party table background or a photo backdrop with your hanging fans.
Oh look- here are some pinwheels and hanging fans displayed together!
While there are plenty of DIY tutorials on how to make these hanging fans –
There is not much available instruction on social media explaining how to actually get them on the wall to display.
There are a few different ways to put them up that are super easy. So grab a cup of coffee- or tea – or wine and let’s get started!
The easiest way to display them is to simply hang them- they are technically called, “hanging fans” so this is the most common way to display them. You can hang them directly from the ceiling or you can use a curtain rod or tension rod to hang them. Generally just using tacks and pinning them to the wall is easiest way to get them stationary on the wall- if you don’t need them floating out from the wall. However, if you prefer not to add holes directly to your wall you can use the Command pee-able strips. If using the Command strips, your fans will probably not be reusable though, as they will most likely be damaged and ripped when you pull them off the wall- so keep that in mind. I prefer the method shown below of using a freestanding background board.
There are lots of different materials to use- if you are only doing a very small area, a large cardboard or white foam board backing would be okay, as long as you are not adding too many fans like this one below-
When using some type of board backing, weather it be wood, a sheet of drywall, or foam board- it is the easiest way to put your display together because you can actually assemble it on a table or floor. You can either use sewing pins or flat tacks if using cardboard or foam board but if you are using wood or a heavier material, you’ll need to use a glue gun and hot glue your fans. See how this larger wood backed fan display was all laid out on the floor and all the fans were hot glued down before putting it up-
And here it is installed-
I definitely recommend a heavy wood or drywall board if you are creating a large display background like this or your are going to layer it with many fans.
However, if your area is small enough, you can also use a large picture frame–
You can see the corners of the black picture frame in the set up above. You can even go to your local thrift store and buy the largest picture or painting, no mater how ugly it is, as long as it is large and framed and just cover it with fabric by wrapping it around the front and stapling the fabric to the back or spray paint the whole thing one color- pick a color that matches your dominate color of fans. If it has glass- you can either paint right over the glass, with a glass paint or remove the glass and replace it with cardboard or foam board- and foam board comes in an array of colors, so you could go with a color that matches your party color scheme.
This is another way to display fans- add them to long wood stick stands or floor poles, shown here in this jewelry company promotional product display, and simply stand your fans up behind or on the back of your party table-
So there you have it- the how to on getting your fans up and displayed at your next party!
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