Playful Pinwheels-a Tutorial

Ok, don’t say I didn’t warn you! Once you get started making these fun little embellishments, it will be seriously hard to stop. Especially when working with such large Paper Sheets! But, that’s OK-just make extra and set them aside for future projects. These are so fun to look at, you know you’ll be adding them to many of your projects!

To make these examples, I used  Dimestore Vogue Paper Sheets & Tags.

Step 1: First, select the paper, then cut down into squares. If you would like larger pinwheels, cut a 4 inch square. If you’d like smaller ones, try 2 or 3 inch squares.¬† In this example, I wanted one of the sides (both sides when folded will be partially visible) to be crepe. So, I also trimmed out a crepe square the same size as the printed sheet.

Step 2: Using an adhesive runner, adhere the crepe to the printed square. Then, from each corner, cut diagonally into the center, without allowing the cuts to meet in the center. You just want to have diagonal flaps-these will become the folds.

Step 3: Add an adhesive foam dot to the center of the square, and alternating corners, fold in 4 of the corners to meet in the center. You will not create fold lines, just gently bend the corners to the center. Once all four corners are in the center, stapling the center corners can also add some extra security.

Step 4: Now, accent the center of the pinwheel! On a few of these, I used the cardstock button diecuts (included in Dimestore Vogue), punched small button holes, and threaded in coordinating bakers twine tied into a small bow. Or, you can layer colorful buttons onto the diecuts for extra dimension. For the smaller pinwheels, a dot of Platinum Stickles also looks nice!

Now, what to do with this abundance of pinwheels you have???

How about decorating a gift bag, adding them to a banner, a pennant or to the top of a gift box? Maybe make a May Day cone with a pinwheel attached to the cone itself, or taped to a wooden skewer and settled amongst the flowers? Adhere them to an inexpensive hair band for a fun hair accessory!

So many options and applications! See, NOW aren’t you glad you have a 24×36 inch sheet (x 4!) of paper to work with per package of Paper Sheets???

Have fun with them!


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3 Responses to Playful Pinwheels-a Tutorial

  1. Amy Baldwin says:

    You know, I have never actually created pinwheels but you make it look so easy with your tutorial! Love the look you created with these papers. I will definitely be giving it a try!

  2. Ohhh I love these and want to try one today. Thanks for the tutorial!

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