Friday, December 2, 2016

Stenciled Wall Decor: Paper Fans

Hi everyone! Martice Smith ( here, sharing a fun project to jazz up any ol’ boring wall with bohemian floral inspired decor. We’re going to be using two different sizes of stencils to help us pull off this playful backdrop. StencilGirl stencils to the rescue!
As a photographer, I’m always looking for eye-catching, textured backdrops. When I can’t find what I’m looking for, guess what? I create my own!

This backdrop is a favorite decor piece at my get-togethers, art parties and even holiday events. It’s also perfect to display around your home or office all year round for instant happiness! Grab your favorite color combinations and get ready to stencil your heart out.  

Supplies to Gather:


Supplies + Tools
  • Paper towels/wipes + container of water
  • Craft mat or gelli plate (to use a paint palette)
  • Kraft paper rolls (can be found at Dollar Tree)
  • Container lids; 2-3 different sizes
  • Acrylic paints (magenta, gloss white, turquoise, Diarylide yellow, raw sienna)
  • White marker
  • Scissors
  • Sponge roller
  • Old book pages
  • Hot glue gun + glue sticks
  • Craft Twinkles Glitter (DecoArt)
STEP 1 // Paint + stencil the Kraft paper
Cut the kraft paper into long, rectangular strips. I like to work with long sections at a time so I cut my paper at 40 inches (101.6 cm).

Using the large, 9”x12” stencils, design the entire surface of the kraft paper until you are satisfied with how it looks. Get the kids involved - they’ll know what to do! (Messy kids? No problem! This can be an outdoor activity. If you’re working indoors, just lay down a drop cloth to any catch spills or fly away paint bottles.)

Decide if you want a seasonal color scheme if you’re decorating for the holidays or you can paint the rainbow...yeah, pretty much like I did here!

I used my 8”x10” gelli plate as my paint palette. I squeezed out my color(s) then saturated a sponge roller by rolling it on the plate.

Blend sections of color together to create a seamless look and overlap stenciled areas with darker paint colors to create more contrast and depth.

TIP: You could stop after this step if you wanted to make this out of wrapping paper!
STEP 2 // Making the fans
Using the kraft paper that was cut in the previous step, fold it in half and cut along the fold.

(My paper measures, approximately, 9 inches x 34 inches (22.86 cm x 86.36 cm). Play around with different sizes!) Keep in mind: the longer your paper is, the bigger your fan will be.
Next, fold the long pieces of paper accordion style.

Secure the ends with hot glue.
Force the paper to lay flat by gently pushing it down, in the middle.
STEP 3 // Making paper flowers
Take old book pages and cut out a spiral shape. (I like to cut 5 pieces at a time, while making sure I grip the paper tightly while cutting. This prevents the paper from shifting around.

Pull one spiral piece from the center of the stack. Be careful not to pull too hard! After all of your hard work, you wouldn’t want to tear the paper.

Take the tail end of the spiral and roll it towards you. When you reach the end of the spiral, apply a dab of hot glue to secure. Press the flower in place for a few seconds.
STEP 4 // Make medallions for the fans
To make the medallions for the fan, trace a container lid onto your scrap monoprints. Trace containers of various sizes. (You’ll need large, medium + small circles.)
Cut out the medallions. Next, use the 6”x6” stencils to decorate them.   
Apply the medallions to your fans with some hot glue. Be careful not to burn your hands! (I like to press it down with a paint bottle.)

Optional: add a paper flower to the middle of the medallion. (Decide if you want to add flowers to more of your fans.)

STEP 5 // Decorate the fans!
Anything goes...Here are a few ideas to get you started:
  • Use a fine liner applicator to apply some gold and pink glitter glue
  • stack the medallions from large to small; glue them together
  • glue paper flowers in the middle of the fans instead of on the medallion
  • clip triangles into the edges for an unexpected look
  • take a small hole punch and punch out an area for a ribbon tassel
STEP 6 // Pin fans to a wall using colorful thumb tacks
I have to admit: this step was sooo much fun! I love the idea of stacking multiple fans, overlapping the edges, and playing around with playful compositions. It looks like a wildly colorful, collage-on-a-wall!
Thank you for visiting us today! I hope you enjoy making your very own, stenciled wall decor!
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To learn more about Martice and her mixed media art tutorials, please visit her website
or follow the inspiration trail on her Instagram @MarticeSmithArt.


  1. Beautiful papers and a fantastic project -- something new for me to try! Many thanks.

    1. Thank you, Cecilia! Yes, try it out and share a photo with us! You could also recycle those long sheets of kraft paper that comes with large packages. Have fun!

  2. Replies
    1. Thank you, Anna! These fans were super fun to create. They look even better once they're on the wall. My studio walls look much prettier now!

  3. Great project! Thanks

    1. You're welcome, Stephanie! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. Which stencils would YOU use if you were to create this project? We'd love to know!

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