Good Morning Buttoneers! Today I bring you my paper pinwheel tutorial. I totally enjoy making these and they are fairly simple to make no matter what level of crafter you are, from beginner to master crafter. Plus they are super fun!
You will need:
A pair of scissors
Double sided paper (I have used the beautiful paper from the centre of Craftseller magazine) or two pieces glued back to back
Wooden sticks, kebab sticks or even pencils
Brads or split pins
First, I chose my paper then cut a 3.5″ square out of each piece, depending on how many you wish to make. Here are my three squares and both sides of them to show you the patterns.
Then I cut from the corners, a line, in towards the centre of the square, leaving a 1cm gap (as not to just cut the square into four triangles)
I then used the wooden stick to poke a hole through the centre for a later stage.
I made the same sized whole in the left hand side top point of each triangle and arched them inwards to the centre point (this is the fiddly bit)
…and the same for all of the other holed triangle points and hold in place with your fingers (told you it was fiddly!)
Then choose a brad or split pin and poke it all the way though the aligning holes to the back.
Voilà! The hard part is done! Next grab your Washi tape and rip off a small rectangle. I used a piece that was large enough to cover the brad or split pin but small enough that it didn’t show on the front of the pin wheel. Stick this over your wooden stick, near the top so the stick doesn’t show over the pinwheel.
Then carefully stick the Washi tape (and stick) down to the back of the pinwheel ensuring you don’t squash the lovely arches of the paper on the front…
Turn it over and shout “Hurrah!” (This bit is optional)
As you can see I got a bit carried away with making these but they are so much fun once you get the hang of the fiddly bit. I think they would look great stuck into a birthday cake, or in an indoor flower pot amongst your beautiful blossoms or even as a cheap, everlasting bunch of flowers in a vase to brighten up a cloudy day…
I would love to know how you got on! What colours did you use? Where do you think they would look great? The possibilities are endless!
Meet me for a chat with a cup of tea in the comments below. I’ll click the kettle on!