Hey crafty Terri here, and I thought I would do a quick tutorial on how to make pinwheels. I am such a child at heart, and love pinwheels. They are super easy to make. So let’s begin:
First off, you can use just about any paper or card stock to make these with. In this tutorial I am using craft foam. I just like the way they turn out.
For the stick part of the pinwheel, I used paint sticks. You can get these free from your local hardware store. They come in a variety of sizes depending on where you go.
Now I used some colorful foam sheets , but feel free to experiment with other types of material. Card stock works wonderful for this project , and they have some wonderful two sided card stock that are perfect for pinwheels.
With a pencil mark your form sheet at 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
Fold your foam sheet over into a triangle and crease it on the fold line. You can use a bone folder if you have one. But is not a necessary step.
Begin cutting at the corners of your square, and make sure NOT to cut all the way to the middle. You will want to leave about 1/2″ at the middle part of the square.
Begin the pinwheel by applying a small amount of sticky tape to the middle, and make your first fold. Then apply another small amount of sticky tape to the top of the first fold.
2nd fold of the pinwheel, apply another small amount of sticky tape to the top of this fold.
3rd fold of pinwheel, apply another small amount of sticky tape to the top of this fold.
Final fold of pinwheel. Next you will punch a hole in the middle and apply a grommet or eyelet to hold the pinwheel in place.
To punch my holes, and set my eyelets, I use a single punch and single eyelet setter’s. These are wonderful tool’s to own. They allow you to punch and set your eyelets just where you need them.
using my single hole puncher, I punched a hole through the middle of the pinwheel.
For finishing touches, I used some pretty card stock that matched my painted stick and added my favorite Martha Stewarts Glitter to the ends.
I used a fairly small screw and attached it to my paint stick. I only screwed it in enough for it to barely go through the back of the wood, thus leaving enough of the screw exposed on the front side, so the pinwheel could spin. I am still looking into other ways to attach, and If I come up with something better, I will be sure to post agian.
I hope that you have enjoyed my tutorial. I welcome all your comments and would love to hear from you.
Until Next Time