Decorations, play, garden embellishments… there are many ways to use and enjoy pinwheels and for children, play is obviously the priority. You can make pinwheels strictly for décor or you can make them actually move for your kids to enjoy. Let’s get started on this fun kid’s crafting activity.
- Bead (optional)
- Hole Punch (optional)
How To Make Pinwheels
The first step in making pinwheels is to make sure your paper is square. You can find pre-cut squares in different sizes or you can cut your own. No matter the size, your pinwheel will look great! Also, you can use any type of paper. Think of all the recycling you can do! All the old kid’s artwork that collects dust in a box or magazine pages… the options are endless! For this tutorial, we used cardstock in three different sizes – 6×6, 8×8 and 10×10.
Once you have a square piece of paper, fold it in half by matching opposite corners. Open it up and fold the other way. The goal here is to make crease lines to follow for cutting and to find the center.
Next take your brad and poke a hole in the center of the paper. Then you will want to cut along the creased lines toward that hole – leaving some space before you get to the center (see image below). Use your judgement but don’t get too close to the middle.
Once all four lines are cut, poke a hole (or use the hole punch) at one corner of each cut section. In our case we punched a hole on the righthand corner of each section.
Take your scissors and make a hole at the end of your straw.
Now to assemble your pinwheel, stick your brad through each corner hole, layering one on top of the other. Once all corners are through, put the brad through the center hole, through the hole in the straw and fasten.
Now that your pinwheels are complete, use them to keep your children busy, to decorate your home or embellish your garden. Watch as your kids get red in the face trying to spin them around or use them as fairy wands. Have fun celebrating the new season – Happy Spring!