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Make a pinwheel that spins

Pinwheels! They add cheer to a lawn or can be used in planter boxes or on the front porch as a way to welcome guests. Personally, I like to just hold them in my hand and blow to make them spin! The great news is they are fun and easy to make. Follow the instructions below and make a delightful afternoon craft with kids. This project uses common household items like a pencil, paper, scissors, and a pin–so no need to go shopping–win!

Of course, these pinwheels will actually spin in the wind, a sewing pin is used to secure the points of the pinwheel and we use a few beads (we can’t help it, we’re partial to beads!) on the back end before the point is inserted into a pencil eraser.

We also used a glue stick to decorate our pinwheel with confetti. Light bounces off the metallic pieces of the confetti when the pinwheel spins which creates a fun effect, but there are lots of other decorating options. Try using rubber stamps or watercolor paint. Make sure to decorate both sides of the paper before folding the triangles to center point to create a colorful pinwheel.

Follow the steps below to make this fun springtime craft!

Materials:
8.5 x 11 paper. Printer paper is easy to fold, but if you plan to use your pinwheel in a very windy area, cardstock is sturdier.
A dressmaker or glass head pin
Scissors
Pencil with eraser
Two to three beads (use left over bead from your Bead Kit!)
Pinwheel decorating supplies

Steps: (numbers correspond to the images below)

You can start by having your kiddos color a Pinwheel using the template above.


1. Fold the top left corner of the paper to the lower right side to form a square. Cut off the small rectangle portion underneath the fold.

How to Create a Pinwheel | Step 1 and Step 2
2. Your square will have one fold in it. Fold the paper the opposite way to create one large triangle.
3. Take the top and bottom points of the triangle and fold them to the right point of the triangle.

How to Create a Pinwheel | Step 3 and Step 4
4. Your square will now have eight small triangles when unfolded.
5. Now is the time to decorate you pinwheel. Every other triangle will be folded inward so we decorated both sides of our pinwheel with confetti.

How to Create a Pinwheel | Step 5 and Step 6

PRO TIP: Any color sequins will work. Try Red/White/Blue for the 4th of July!


6. Cut the folds on the four corners of the square, making sure to leave about a half inch uncut in the center.


7. Begin with the bottom left triangle and fold it inward toward the center of the pinwheel. Move counterclockwise folding every other triangle toward the center. Once you’ve gathered all the corners secure them with a pin.

How to Create a Pinwheel | Step 7 and Step 8
8. Flip the pinwheel over and use the beads fill in any extra space between the end of the pin and the eraser of the pencil. Adding the beading allows the pinwheel to easily spin. Push the end of the pin into the pencil eraser.

Spinning Pinwheel

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Stacee Gillelen

Mother of four, artist, and founder of Dragonfly Designs. After my second daughter was born, I left my career in banking and fell in love with the art of jewelry making, and found that I just couldn’t stop spreading the joy of it to others.

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