Paper Pinwheels

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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

Washi tape 

Brads or split pins

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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.

Paper Pinwheels at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid

Paper Pinwheels at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid

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)

Paper Pinwheels at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid

I then used the wooden stick to poke a hole through the centre for a later stage. 

Paper Pinwheels at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid

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)

Paper Pinwheels at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid

…and the same for all of the other holed triangle points and hold in place with your fingers (told you it was fiddly!)

Paper Pinwheels at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid

Then choose a brad or split pin and poke it all the way though the aligning holes to the back. 

Paper Pinwheels at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid

Paper Pinwheels at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid

Paper Pinwheels at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid

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.

Paper Pinwheels at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid

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…

Paper Pinwheels at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid

Turn it over and shout “Hurrah!” (This bit is optional)

Paper Pinwheels at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid

Paper Pinwheels at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid

Paper Pinwheels at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid

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…

Paper Pinwheels at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid

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!

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0 Comments

  1. Sharron
    February 17, 2014 / 12:53 pm

    This is a lovely activity to do with my daughter for half term, thank you for showing us how 🙂

    • February 17, 2014 / 2:04 pm

      Aww! I forgot about half term! So glad you can craft together using my tutorial 🙂 That’s so much fun!

  2. Saree
    February 17, 2014 / 1:12 pm

    This is fantastic! As a complete novice crafter and by this I mean completely unable to cut a piece of card in a straight line, I was astounded to find that I could actually create one of these beauties!! The instructions were really clear to follow and it felt like you were being talked through the process rather than fumbling around on your own. I think that I was most surprised by the fact that I enjoyed making it from start to finish which for me is a personal craft achievement!!

    • February 17, 2014 / 2:06 pm

      Well, If I achieve nothing else today at least I have converted an ordinary person into a crafty little hen! yeay! I am delighted that you found the steps easy to follow and love that it brightened your day 🙂

  3. Emma
    February 20, 2014 / 11:28 am

    Thank you, you’ve given me a great idea for our Summer wedding! A treat for the kids! Excellent thank you!

    • February 20, 2014 / 3:50 pm

      That’s fab! I am so happy that I inspired you. I would love to see photos when you have made them! Good luck and congratulations on your summer wedding 🙂

      • Emma
        February 21, 2014 / 8:51 pm

        Hey, I put a picture on your facebook page 🙂 I used lots of different florally, vintage papers. They’re a little larger than yours at 6 inch squares but the wow factor is amazing. Such a simple, easy, idea but packs a punch for effect!! 😀

        • February 21, 2014 / 8:59 pm

          Wow! That’s amazing! I am so happy you tried them out, I bet they will look beautiful for your summer wedding 🙂 I will run over and check them out on Facebook, how exciting! We’ll done you!

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