Re-purposed Paper Pinwheel Tutorial

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DIY Time

It’s DIY Time again, where every week I try to post something you can do yourself rather than buy, which is a money saver, and can be VERY REWARDING.  Some of these posts are crafts, sewing projects, homemade cleaners, homemade health aids, tutorials, and the like.

(We like to display these in our re-purposed tin cans!)

There is something whimsical about a pinwheel that brings me back to my childhood, making me want to skip and sing a silly song.  I thought the kids would really like making them, too.  They are so fast to make and fun!!  I was inspired by Martha Stewart, but she doesn’t show step-by-step instructions, and that’s what I need, so that’s what I provided here along with a few ways I re-purposed for this.

Map Pins

Map Pins

The hardest part of this tutorial was finding the map pins for me (which still wasn’t that bad).  Map pins are pins with a sphere on top.  I called around.  They did not have them at my JoAnn’s or Michael’s.   I found them at our local craft store, CraftMart, for $1.99/100 plus I used a 40% off coupon for a final price of $1.20 plus tax.  You don’t have to use the the map pins, but their point is more narrow and makes twirling easier for the pinwheel.

What You’ll Need :

  • lightweight paper for good twirling action: re-purposed magazine pages work well (you can use scrapbook paper if the pinwheels are for decor only-they will twirl, but not well)
  • one tack
  • map pins (you can use regular tacks but these are prettier and made more tacks)
  • chopsticks (re-purposed) or dowels
  • scissors

Use a lightweight paper for better twirl action. Here was a bag I got at the music store.

Cut into your desired size square. I most of them about 6x6.

Fold the square in half.

Fold it in half again.

Open up the paper. Cut on the fold starting at each of the four corners and cut in toward the center about 2 1/2 inches or so. Don't cut through the center!

Wet your stick so it won't crack. Push the push pin in and pull it out.

Gather each corner, and use a map pin to pin it through. The finished product!

Joshua's Re-purposed Magazine Page Pinwheel

Joshie's Pinwheel

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Comments

  1. Terri Betz says

    These are so cute! Great tutorial! And I love the pics! :) Making n sharing! I think these are great 4th of July treats! Thanks for this! Love your blog! You educate n entertain me!

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