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How to make beautiful paper pinwheels


Planning a block party? Heading out for the local Fourth of July parade? Make some pinwheels to bring along as entertainment for the kiddos.

Pinwheels are a welcome part of many different summer celebrations. Planning a block party? Heading out for the local Fourth of July parade? Make some pinwheels to bring along as entertainment for the kiddos.

The construction paper you have around the house just won’t cut it for this particular project. Instead, visit the scrapbooking paper section at your local craft store and choose some vibrant, colorful prints to use for your pinwheels. Specialty paper stores like The Paper Source also offer a nice selection of Japanese-style decorative paper.

Instructions:

  1. To begin your pinwheel, cut your decorative paper into squaresabout 5 inches by 5 inches. I recommend using a measuring tape orruler to make sure you really do have a perfect square.
  2. To create a contrasting effect, glue together two differentprints back to back. If you choose this variation, be sure to letthe glue dry completely before moving on to the next step so thepaper doesn’t peel.
  3. Once you have your square, fold it corner to corner diagonally,then unfold it and fold it again corner to corner the oppositeway.
  4. Use your scissors to cut along each of the folded lines,stopping about half-way down.
  5. Gather every other corner and carefully fold it down towardsthe center.
  6. Insert your push pin or brad (a decorative scrapbooking tool)into the center of the gathered papers, making sure you go throughall corners.
  7. Select a pencil with an eraser (both solid colored anddecorative pencils work well for this project).
  8. Without letting go of the pin or paper edges, push the pin orbrad though the eraser on your pencil. Use care to ensure that thepin does not poke through the eraser and prick any littlefingers.
  9. These homemade pinwheels won’t spin around quite as fast orsmooth as the store-bought variety. However, if you wiggle the pinaround to make the hole a bit larger, you will be able to get yourpinwheel spinning.

Materials:

  • Assorted decorative paper
  • Pencils with erasers
  • Push pins or brads (available in the scrapbooking section ofthe craft store)
  • Scissors
  • A ruler or measuring tape
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