How to Make a DIY Paper Pinwheel

5 Materials
30 Minutes

Decorating for a party of any kind can get expensive and sometimes become stale and expected. If you want to add a fun, unique pop to your décor and save money along the way you should make your own DIY paper pinwheels.You can substitute pinwheels for flowers in vases as I did for a recent engagement party. The best part – they were completely free to make since I used items I already had on hand. I was a little intimidated with this project at first, but I caught on quickly and ended up making a lot more than I originally planned on. (ps. You might want to prepare to waste one practice pinwheel, haha.) Here is what you will need: + 1 Letter sized sheet of pretty patterned paper for each pinwheel+ Scissors+ 1 unsharpened pencil with an eraser for each pinwheel (or you can get creative and use what you already have on hand – I used drinking straws)+ 1 straight pin for each pinwheel+ Pliers or wore cutters

1. Gather your materials. If you choose to print out your own preferred designs on a front and back heavy sheet of heavier paper

2. Cut your square(s) from the paper. For a small pinwheel I recommend a 5″ x 5″ square. For a large I recommend an 8″ x 8″ square. 

3. Cut 4 cuts at each point of your square. I cut about 2″ deep on the 5″ square and 3″ deep on the 8″ square.

4. Fold your flaps parallel with the cut. Make sure the end reaches beyond the middle of the pinwheel. (You can also leave the flaps curved and not folded if you wish – I made both options in my pinwheel batch.)

5. Take a straight pin and poke a hole through the end of each flap. Once through all four flaps, press through to the back of your pinwheel in the center.

6. Push the straight pin through the eraser of a pencil or a drinking straw if you prefer. Test the pinwheel for pin length, then cut off the sharp point with scissors or wire cutters. Push the now dull edge of the pin flush with the eraser.

7. Place your pinwheels in varing sized bases in the place of flowers…and prepare to wow your guests!Happy pinwheeling!

And here's another paper pinwheel I made for a friends wedding centerpiece decorations.

Photo credit: Sarah Long

Photo credit: Sarah Long

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