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My craft room/office is upstairs, so it gets pretty hot in summer without the air conditioning on, especially with my big computer purring away generating heat all day. I didn’t want to run the air conditioning in the house all day, every day, when I only use this one room during the daytime, so I bought myself a cheap desk fan. It works really well – I don’t feel sluggish any more, and my concentration has increased dramatically! The only downside is that it’s not pretty. Not at all:

the ugly desk fan

Ugh, that’s really not what I want to look all day – it’s hardly part of my ideal creative ambience! Now, if only there was something I could do to improve the appearance… Hang on – I’m a crafter! I make things! No problemo:

folded paper embellishment by planetjune

I revisited my own teabag folding tutorial, and used some beautiful origami paper from Alice to make a little paper medallion to cover the logo in the centre of the fan. It makes such a difference to the overall appearance. Notice the cool colour palette in the paper design, which adds to the effect of the fan – now just looking at it makes me feel cooler!

folded paper embellished desk fan by planetjune
It’s just a little thing, but it makes me happy πŸ™‚

In case you’d like to make your own paper embellishments, I used two squares of 3″ origami paper which I quartered to make eight 1.5″ squares. This made a medallion of just over 2″ wide. To make a larger medallion, just start with larger paper squares. See my tutorialΒ for the simple instructions – it’s a lot easier than it looks!


  1. Reba said

    Cool idea. I love it. I have to try it.

  2. Cool stuff in hot weather. I have a table fan in my craftroom too and it is a big one, even though I have air conditioner installed there but with the hike of the electricity bill, I just wouldn’t want to switch it on. It is HOT here everyday in Malaysia……

  3. SiSi said

    Gorgeous, and very cute idea! I might need a fan on my desk… and you make me want to decorate all the fans that I do have in the house. You rock June!

  4. Puglette said

    i was thinking the same as Jill, a crocheted fan cozy. ;o)
    your folded paper is much prettier.

  5. futuregirl said

    Yay! I knew I left the paper in good hands. πŸ™‚

  6. It’s those little things that work the best. πŸ™‚

  7. Jill said

    Oh geez, I thought you were going to show a crocheted fan cozy!
    I was thinking “well, as long as it’s a lacy or openwork pattern it would probably work…”
    Very cute medallion.

  8. Amanda said

    That’s a pretty -cool- idea, June. -.-;
    LOL Corny but it had to be said.

  9. Jana said

    Great Idea! I have a fan in my bedroom that could use a facelift!

  10. Mandi said

    Aw, that’s such a cute idea! I really like it!

  11. Ann Martin said

    How pretty and you’re right – the soft colors chill things down even more!

  12. Blue said

    Perfect addition!

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