Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Make It: Patriotic Pinwheels

Who can resist spinning a pinwheel?  Not me.  Especially then they’re this adorable.  Making your own DIY pinwheels is a fun and easy craft, and they’re  perfect for adding a touch of whimsy to your 4th of July picnic festivities.  Make them ahead of time and use for table decorations, or set out the supplies and let the kids have a blast making their own.

Patriotic Pinwheels

DIY Pinwheel Tutorial

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You’ll need:  Pretty paper (double sided prints look best), scissors, straight pin, lollipop stick or skewer.    1)  Cut your paper in a perfect square.  I used 6x6 for this tutorial.  2) Using a ruler, lightly draw lines from corner to corner of your square.  3)  Cut lines from each corner to the middle of the square, but DO NOT cut all the way up.  Stop at least 1/2-inch from the center.  4) Fold down alternating corners toward the middle of the square.  5)  Use a straight pin to push through all layers to the other side.  6)  Push the pin into the lollipop stick or skewer.  (This takes a little bit of effort, and kids may need help with this part.)  If the pin won’t stay put, add a drop of glue to the tip.

Using the straight pin allows the pinwheel to spin.  Alternately, you can use a brad through the center and glue the stick to the back, but the pinwheel won’t spin. 

Patriotic Pinwheels

Have a safe and festive 4th of July, DIY’ers!

~julee~

14 comments:

  1. This is so cool. I have to figure out where I can find star cardboard paper. I might try staples Where did you find yours?

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    1. You should be able to find it at Michaels or Hobby Lobby or any craft store.

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    2. Yes, you can find all sorts of pretty scrapbook papers at any craft store. Mine came from Michaels. Have fun making them! I would love to see pictures if you do!

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    3. Thanks, I will pin this article so I can do this next year. I have to find a craft store in my area.

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  2. cute cute cute! I never knew how easy these were to make! going to try to make a few before manana! thanks for the cute idea Julee!

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  3. omg these are so cute and nostalgic! I linked this post in my blog post about 4th of July crafts!

    Check it out!

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  4. I never realized how simple these are to make! I'll be making several for sure! Thank you :)

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  5. So cute! Can't wait to make these with my nieces!

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  6. These are adorable! Most definitely I shall be making these myself!

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  7. These are adorable! Most definitely I shall be making these myself!

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  8. These are so cute. I think that I can even manage to make them. Great way to be patriotic!

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  9. Thanks for such a user-friendly tutorial. Since I won't be able to wait until next July to make some pinwheels, I'm going to test them out soon for for a barbecue I'm hosting later this month!

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