DIY paper pinwheels

I had some friends over for a craft night recently, where we each brought a different craft that we like to make to share with each other. We kept to a summer-theme with our craft choices, and these pinwheels would be the perfect addition to so many outdoor activities coming up. Weddings, 4th of July, summer bbqs, you name it – they’re festive enough for all of them.

My friend showed us how to make ones that spin, and ones that are slightly easier to construct that don’t spin. The ones that don’t spin would be great for a center piece or to have bridesmaids hold instead of a flower bouquet. The reason I know this is because she was making them to use as decor for her sister’s wedding. And because it’s all over Pinterest.

Paper pinwheel that spins:

What you’ll need:
– One 12×12″ piece of scrapbook paper (double-sided like this would make things easier, but my tutorials below include how to use single-sided paper)
Wooden skewers 
– Paper scissors
– Heavy duty scissors
– Pliers
– Thumbtack
– Pencil
– Ruler
– Straight pin
– Two small clear beads, or one larger one
– Hot glue gun
– Double sided tape, glue or an adhesive applicator (I use Tombow brand)

  1. Cut your paper into two 6×6″ pieces

2. Use your adhesive and apply to the back side of one of the pieces of paper. Line both papers up with wrong-sides together and press together.

3. Trim off any uneven edges.

4. Using a pencil, draw 3″ lines going from each of the corners to the center. Use your paper scissors to cut those lines.

5. Hold the straight pin with your pliers about 1/2″ down and bend the pin until it’s in an “L” shape.

6. Put the end of the pin through four corners of the paper, and then through the back.

7. Slide two beads onto the pin.

8. Using your heavy-duty scissors, cut the pointed end off of your skewer. Make a hole through the center of the skewer using the thumbtack. It’s okay if the wood splits.

9. Using your finger, hold the straight pin so it’s flush with the wooden skewer and then using the hot glue gun, glue the pin down as much as you can.

10. Once it dries, cover the sharp end that your finger was on.

Paper no-spin pinwheel: 

What you’ll need:
– One 12×12″ piece of scrapbook paper (double-sided like this would make things easier, but my tutorials below include how to use single-sided paper)
– Metal brads like these (just make sure the ones you use are long enough to go through the paper and the straw)
Patterned paper straw
– Paper scissors
– Thumbtack
– Pencil
– Ruler
– Double sided tape, glue or an adhesive applicator (I use Tombow brand)

  1. Cut your paper into two 6×6″ pieces. Use your adhesive and apply to the back side of one of the pieces of paper. Line paper up with wrong-sides together and press together. Trim off any uneven edges.

2. Using a pencil, draw 3″ lines going from each of the corners to the center. Use your paper scissors to cut those lines.

3. Make a hole in the top of the straw with the thumbtack.

4. Also using the thumb tack, make a hole in the 4 corners of the paper pictured below and the very center to make it easier for the brad to go through.

5. Push the brad through those holes.

6. Once the brad is through all layers, push the brad through the straw at the back.

7. Separate the ends of the brad to secure it into place.

These really would make such a cute center piece display at a birthday party or wedding.

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