Planning a block party? Heading out for the local Fourth of July parade? Make some pinwheels to bring along as entertainment for the kiddos.
Assorted decorative paper
Pencils with erasers
Push pins or brads (available in the scrapbooking section of
the craft store)
A ruler or measuring tape
To begin your pinwheel, cut your decorative paper into squares
about 5 inches by 5 inches. I recommend using a measuring tape or
ruler to make sure you really do have a perfect square.
To create a contrasting effect, glue together two different
prints back to back. If you choose this variation, be sure to let
the glue dry completely before moving on to the next step so the
paper doesn't peel.
Once you have your square, fold it corner to corner diagonally,
then unfold it and fold it again corner to corner the opposite
Use your scissors to cut along each of the folded lines,
stopping about half-way down.
Gather every other corner and carefully fold it down towards
Insert your push pin or brad (a decorative scrapbooking tool)
into the center of the gathered papers, making sure you go through
Select a pencil with an eraser (both solid colored and
decorative pencils work well for this project).
Without letting go of the pin or paper edges, push the pin or
brad though the eraser on your pencil. Use care to ensure that the
pin does not poke through the eraser and prick any little
These homemade pinwheels won't spin around quite as fast or
smooth as the store-bought variety. However, if you wiggle the pin
around to make the hole a bit larger, you will be able to get your
Caitlin Murray Giles is a full-time mother of three and part-time freelance writer living in Wicker Park.