Party Pinwheel Tutorial

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Here is a pretty way to add a burst of color and some fun to your table and home this spring.  Create fun pinwheels that pull double duty as party décor and favors.  They are perfect for spring soirees, children’s birthday parties and showers.  It’s an easy and fun project for the kids!

 

  1. Start with a colored sheet of paper.  Cut it into a perfect square.  Use thin paper so that the pinwheel will spin easily.  To create our pinwheels, we used an 8 1/2 -inch x 8 1/2 – inch square.
  2. Draw diagonal lines across the square to make an “x”.  Then, mark the center of the square with a dot, and draw 4 more dots on each of the corners of the square. Once the “x” and dots are drawn, cut along the diagonal lines, stopping approximately an inch from the center.
  3. Using a tack push a hole through each of your dots and line them up with the dot in the center of the paper. Use the tack to hold all 4 corners together. Push the tack into an eraser at the top of a pencil – this will act as your handle.  (FYI: You need to be careful with little ones and make sure the tack is secure before letting them play with the pinwheels.)

In addition to the two I featured here, I am making more pinwheels in pink, purple and blue.   I’m going to set them out on my mantel as a sign of spring.   Soon I hope the weather turns warm and we can open the windows – the breeze will make the pinwheels spin. My kids love them and I hope you will too!

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