DIY: Fourth of July Paper Pinwheels

DIY: Fourth of July Paper Pinwheels

I remember making paper pinwheels. They wouldn’t exactly stand up to a rainstorm but they were super awesome to take outside on a windy day. I think the first time I made them I was in the third or fourth grade. And we did the smartest thing… we made them with pencils for the rods. How smart is that?

So this genius idea is hardly my own. I’m borrowing it from one of my many wonderful primary school teachers from ages ago. Thanks, teach.

These fab spinners are great for fun for the kids but they also make some pretty awesome decor. Line them up in your flower bed for a little bit of colorful and festive decor or place in jars and vases for “flowers” – either way, these little guys won’t break the bank or take ages to create!

For this project you will need:

  • Scrapbooking paper (not card stock)
  • Pencils with erasers
  • Large head straight pins (from the sewing section)
  • Spray adhesive
  • Push pin
  • Small beads
  • Paper cutter, scissors, marking pencil

DIY: Fourth of July Paper PinwheelsGrab two pieces of paper that look awesome together.

DIY: Fourth of July Paper Pinwheels

Spray the backside of one with spray adhesive. Allow to become tacky and stick the two back sides together.

DIY: Fourth of July Paper Pinwheels

Cut out a 4×4 inch square. Mark the center with a pencil.

DIY: Fourth of July Paper PinwheelsTake your pushpin and run it through the center point of your square.

DIY: Fourth of July Paper Pinwheels

Make cuts from the corners to the center, leaving about a quarter of an inch of paper uncut.

DIY: Fourth of July Paper Pinwheels

On the right side of each “triangle” section make a hole with your pushpin.

DIY: Fourth of July Paper Pinwheels

Fold each of the petals so that the hole at the corner meets the hole in the center. Do not crease the paper, simply loosely fold to get the needed bend to each petal.

DIY: Fourth of July Paper Pinwheels

Run your push pin through each of the corners, bringing them close to the center as you go. Finish by pulling the pin through the center hole. See how your pinwheel starts to form?

DIY: Fourth of July Paper Pinwheels

Place a small bead (not pictured) just behind the paper pinwheel and run the pin through the end of the eraser. Keep the pin as straight as you can. Use nippers to trim away the point and excess length on the pin. Use the  backside of the nippers to make the metal flush with the eraser.

DIY: Fourth of July Paper Pinwheels

Set out in the wind or blow to make it go!

DIY: Fourth of July Paper Pinwheels

With lots of different papers you can have quite a collection. And guess what? With scrap and pencils and pins being so cheap, these guys cost so little that they won’t bust the budget, either!

DIY: Fourth of July Paper Pinwheels

And if you’re looking for a neat centerpiece, you can cluster several together, just like a floral arrangement. How fun is that? Then the guests can take them and play with them once the festivities begin!

DIY: Fourth of July Paper Pinwheels

What do you think? Will you be making some of these cuties for the Fourth?

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