Don’t Sweat It: Album Cover Hand Fans

Don’t Sweat It: Album Cover Hand Fans

So, folks are doing all kinds of cool crafts with old records these days- clocks, bowls, coasters, even purses! But what about the funky album covers? Well, my friends, have no fear- a fun album cover craft is about to begin!

This project was inspired by the church fan and/or the fans handed out at outdoor summer weddings. So why not use silly album covers? Case in point- Leif Garrett. When I posted the above picture on the Sadie Seasongoods Facebook Page, Leif was everyone’s favorite.

Record album cover from thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into DIY hand fan for summer by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Bless their funky hearts…

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First things first- take your album cover and a couple of pieces of scrap paper. Sketch out a “hand fan” shape (I like the fat guitar shape, myself) and then trace around the image you want to include on your fan.

Record album cover from thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into DIY hand fan for summer by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Let’s make a fan for a… fan!

Cut out the shape, and then re-trace on the back of the album cover or another cover all together and then cut that one out, as well.

For the handle, I suggest using an old wooden ruler or cut off a piece of an inexpensive old yard stick (I used about 10½”).

Record album cover from thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into DIY hand fan for summer by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Leif rules!

If you saw off a chunk of yard stick, place the rough edge on the inside of the fan and then glue the handle to the fan. And then do the same with the other side, lining up your album covers as perfectly as possible.

Record album cover from thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into DIY hand fan for summer by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Getting more fan-like by the minute…

Now, you can apply more glue around the inside edges of the fan and call it a day- but I needed to add just a little more texture and security to it. So I took a small hole punch and punched holes around the entire edge of the fan, save for the section where the handle was inserted. Then, I used an embroidery needle and some hemp twine and stitched around the fan.

Record album cover from thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into DIY hand fan for summer by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Finishing steps…

Record album cover from thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into DIY hand fan for summer by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

An itch to stitch and then I’ll be done!

And oh my gosh- I LOVE IT! It’s the perfect fan and works wonders in this August heat, too.

Record album cover from thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into DIY hand fan for summer by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

How cool is that??

I’ll also fill you in on a little secret- I used a portion of a different album cover for the back of my fan.  It’s cheeky- don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Record album cover from thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into DIY hand fan for summer by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Haha! Told you it was cheeky…

Ha, told you so! If Blanche Devereaux were here, she would SO approve of this craft.

Keep Cool and Craft On!

S

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PIN ME!Record album cover from thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into DIY hand fan for summer by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. You are way to young to know who those people are! Gosh what memories 🙂 Pretty cool (no pun intended) idea to turn those old album covers into a fan!

  2. Cool fans! Leif doesn’t look anything like that anymore!

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  3. That is just way beyond cool. And what a good use for an album cover.

  4. This is hilarious!

  5. Absolutely loved this idea!

  6. Love this idea! Thanks for coming and linking up at #The Weekend Social. Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST on Kitchen Dreaming.com ! I hope to see you there!

  7. You are so clever!!! I love this idea!

  8. What a really fun and cute idea! Thank you so much for linking up at Party in Your PJs….we hope to see you again tomorrow night for another party!

  9. Hahahahaha! I love this! You are too cute! What a great craft! Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday Link Party! See you again this week, Julia

  10. OK, this is the coolest thing ever! Love the other side:)

  11. i saved a box of cereal from the movie Frozen. Now i know what to make with it.

  12. Kathy A. says:

    Love it, the only thing I would have done differently is used a free paint stick and painted it an outrageous color picked up from a color in the album! We actually have a box up back at church full of woven fans that we use in hot weather (or those women having their own energy surges!). These sure would be topics for conversation done in old hymn/gospel albums!

  13. You are to cute I love your ideas!

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