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I bought the flowers at Hobby Lobby. They came like 7 to a stem. I just cut each one off and hot glued it to the handle. Then on top of that I hot glued one end of the ribbon and let it dry. Then I just started wrapping around the handle and hot glued the end (on the backside of the fan)...wow thats a lot harder to explain! I have to make 6 more so I will take pics as I go.

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I pretty much did the same thing. Bought flowers from Micheals. Cut off each bud & then attached it to the handle by bending the wire around the handle. You have to do this carefully because you don't want the wire to come thru the ribbon once you start wrapping.

 

I then used glue dots to secure the ribbon as I started wrapping it around the handle. Once I got it how I wanted, I cut the end of the ribbon & then tucked it under the last wrapped part & then used another glue dot to secure that.

I used the smallest size glue dots & it worked very well. I do like the hot glue idea-seems it may have been easier!

 

I think there's a pic of the finished product in the link to my planning thread in my siggy.

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I used hot glue for mine. I hot glued all the flowers on first. Then wrapped the handles with ribbon. I used hot glue when I started wrapping and ended with hot glue. I just packed all 36 in my suitcase by stacking them on top of each other. I'm taking my hot glue gun with me just in case any flowers come off during travel.

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I have seen the raffia fans before and they are supposed to be flexible at the beginning. I did get confused when I saw the different sizes they have on-line. Christina how big are yours? I saw the different decorated raffia fans people on BDW forum have done and they look absolutely beautiful. I agree with the rest of the gals, ribbon those bad boys before you go. :)

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Originally Posted by Mother of Bride View Post
Great instructions for gluing the ribbon & flowers....we are not very handy in our household. Helps to have pictures also of the finished product...thanks
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Originally Posted by Christinamaria22 View Post
yours looks sooo nice... I dont think I am that crafty lol........ OHHH BOY!
Trust me, I am totally not crafty either. The hardest part was figuring out how to start. Once you start the process & figure out what works best for you, you'll be fine!

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