Make: Pinwheels

Pinwheels are SO easy to make, but are a great way to brighten up a room or a food table at a party

I’ve been busily making a cluster of them for our Jubilee picnic

You will need:

  • Colourful paper (another excuse to buy pretty wrapping paper)
  • Brown paper (or more colourful paper if you fancy a clash!)
  • Drawing pins (you can get prettier ones than mine…)
  • Wooden sticks (I’ve used some ‘bamboo flower sticks’ – but skewers, pencils or even actual sticks would work too!)
  • Scissors, pencil, glue (maybe)

To make:

  • Cut a square from your colourful paper – I went with 12x12cm for mine
  • Stick it to the brown paper, and cut out
  • Lightly use a pencil to join the diagonal corners of the square
  • Cut along the lines, stopping about 15mm from the centre of the square
  • Use a drawing pin to make holes in the square (see photo below!)
  • Pull corners into the centre of the square using the drawing pin
  • Fix at back by pushing pin into stick (carefully!)
  • Cut stick to desired length
  • Voila!

The only downside to my pinwheels is they don’t actually spin in the wind

However, with a little experimentation using different sticks/pins/hole sizes, I’m sure we could get some movement!

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2 thoughts on “Make: Pinwheels

  1. I love pinwheels. I’ve never made them, but bought some from etsy and had them in vintage bottles among the flowers on the tables at my wedding – they looked great and turned in the wind, as we had the reception on a deck. I’ll have to give making them a go for parties in the future! Great post.

  2. makedospend says:

    Such a nice idea for wedding decorations (especially if they do actually spin!)

    Glad you liked the post! You’ll have to let us know how yours turn out :)

    – B

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