- 4 years ago
- Wedding: October 2013
I just finished figuring out how to make pinwheels, and went a little pinwheel-crazy! I am in love! I didn’t have very high hopes because I am not very crafty, but these are surprisingly easy to make!! Here’s a few of my creations:
I thought I’d make a tutorial of how I made my pinwheels. So here ya go!
What you will need:
– plastic straws (I used neon smoothie straws, pictured below)
– brads for fastening the paper together. I got mine from Michaels in 2 different sizes (one for large pinwheels and one for medium). Mine are pictured below:
– safety pin
-single hole punch
-SQUARE sheets of paper. If you have rectangular paper just fold it in half diagonally and cut off the excess to make a square. I got mine from Michael’s craft store in a booklet, pictured below. I also purchased some bigger square paper in their scrapbooking section for my bigger pinwheels.
So, now that you have everything you need, let’s start!
1) Pick your pretty paper!
2) Fold it diagonally both ways to make an “X”.
3) Using your pencil, mark a little dot about 3/4 inch – 1 inch from the center of the paper along each of the 4 creases.
4) Using your safety pin, make a small hole in the very center of the paper, where the creases meet. (The hole should be big enough for the backs of the brads to fit through)
5) Using your scissors, cut along each crease up until the pencil mark.
6) Using the single hole punch, punch a hole on every other corner, as shown in the picture below.
7) String each hole through the backside of the brad
8) Put the brad through the hole made by the safety pin to the back side of the pinwheel. Fasten.
9) Choose one end of the straw. Flatten the end with your hands and use the safety pin to make a hole in straw, through both sides about 1/2-1 inch down. You may need to pierce the straw 2-3 times to make a big enough opening for the brad. (When I first started I used scissors to cut a slit instead, but quicklly realized that if I made a slit the straw would come off when I spun the pinwheel, due to the long slit and shape of the brad).
10) Put brad through both sides of the straw and fasten.
11. Turn it over and admire your work!
Now, here are a few ideas for what to do with your pinwheels:
Put them in mason jars to make some simple and inexpensive centerpieces!
Put them in mason jars and hang them from shepherds’ hooks to line the aisle. (We are doing this and possibly adding some baby’s breath to them)
Make giant pinwheels in mason jars
Put them on wooden dowel rods to decorate the aisle or other outside areas. We found these wooden rods at home depot/lowes, and the straws fit right over them. Below they are pictured separately and then with the straw over the dowel rod.