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How to Make Paper Pinwheels



I'm always looking for a fun way to decorate for holidays, parties or just in my home.  Several years ago I learned how to make paper pinwheels and have been wanting to share for a long time.  Today is the day I share this quick paper craft!!

paper pinwheels
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Like I said before, pinwheels make a great simple decoration.  They are so easy to make that they can be a fun kids craft as well.  Make a bunch for Easter or the 4th of July and take to a parade.

My little man loved this giant pinwheel and wouldn't let it go.

free printable pinwheel template

If you don't want giant pinwheels, you can make smaller sizes as well.

The pinwheel template comes in several sizes or the cut file can be resized to fit your needs.  I really love making the giant pinwheels and putting them on long wooden dowels to stake in the ground for party decorations.

paper pinwheels

You can grab it either as a PDF pattern or as a free SVG cut file for you Cricut machine.  Either way you choose to cut it out, it will make

DIY Paper Pinwheels


how to make paper pinwheels


Materials Needed
Scrapbook Paper
Buttons or small beads
Hot glue and glue gun
Pencils or straws
Pinwheel template (download at the end of the post)


how to make paper pinwheels
Step 1
Cut out pinwheel using craft paper and the free pinwheel templates at the end of the post.


how to make paper pinwheels
Step 2
Place a dab of hot glue in the middle of the pinwheel.  Fold the pointed edge toward the middle of the pinwheel.  Repeat with all for corners.


easy pinwheel template
Step 3
Glue a button in the middle of the pinwheel.  


paper pinwheels
Step 4
Glue the pinwheel to the end of a pencil.  

If you want the pinwheel to spin freely, poke the pin through the middle of the pinwheel and through the eraser of the pencil.  This is enable the pinwheel to spin.  Just make sure to tape the straight pin down.  See the video for more details.

easy pinwheel template

How cute are these little pinwheels?!  They work great to place with flowers or in flower pots.  Or you can use them as decorations in a little mason jar on their own.

how to make paper pinwheels  

Download the free pinwheel template below for both printers and Cricut cutting machines.

  





free printable pinwheel template

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