Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Lobster Fans

If you are having a lobster or clam bake, chances are it will be hot weather.
To help your guests keep cool, you can make simple paper fans from lobster placemats
on a shoestring budget.  I had this idea in my head and as soon as I arrived home from work, started making some. They work up super easy quick, are a nice favor, they really work and will be much appreciated. 

This one I did with two placemats.

Light glue mixture(glue/water mixture 1/2 and 1/2, this helps your paper to not bubble or wrinkle) or you can use a glue stick.  Glue a piece of construction paper or card stock in between two placemats.  I use a paintbrush and dip into the glue mixture and dab here and there and especially the corners. 

Make sure your second place mat is facing out.  You want to be able to see it from both sides when fanning. 

Start folding until the placemat is all pleated.  You can see I did not let this dry before
I started folding, but it dries clear in an hour or so.

About an inch up from the bottom, tie with ribbon or twine.  You could even use a clothespin
for an even more rustic look. 
If you do not want to make your own, they are available on Etsy at ilPiccoloGiardino
Place mats are available also in small or large quantities.

I tried with just one placemat and it works, but is much more flimsy, plus you don't get the reversible effect.

You can also use fans by cutting out the lobster from a placemat or other source and add to a tongue depressor, large wooden popsicle stick. They are fun and festive, but not as effective for fanning. 

Other Lobster ideas
and fun products

Want to create lobster themes with cotton fabric?  Here's a fabric I designed for New Englanders and Bostonians on Spoonflower.

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