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Paper Pinwheel Tutorial

If you've been following my Instagram lately (@beingmartousa) you may have noticed that I'm a bit obsessed with pinwheels lately. It started when I made pinwheel valentine's for my sons class, then it seeped into my daughters first birthday theme. Now I feel like an expert pinwheel maker and wanted to give you guys an easy step by step guide.


  • Scissors

  • Hot Glue Gun

  • Ruler / Measuring Tape

  • Mini Brads

  • Pencil

  • Scrapbook Paper / Card Stock - double sided preferred or coordinating paper if single sided.

  • Glue stick or spray mount (if not using double sided paper)

  • Straws

  • Piercing/Setting tool


Cut the paper into 6 inch by 6 inch squares.

Most scrapbook paper is 12 inch by 12 inch, so you can just fold in fours and cut along the folds.

Once you have four squares cut out, use your pencil to lightly draw an X from each corner.

Use your piercing tool to poke a hole where the X meets in the middle of the square.

Next poke holes to the right of each of the lines near the corner.

Cut along the lines about 2/3 of the way to the squares center.

Now fold each of the opposite corners into the center and secure with a brad. This may get tricky with the small brad. I usually thread each corner onto my brad finishing it with the middle hole. Then use my piercing/setting tool to secure the back of the brad. The first few seem difficult then you get the hang of it.

You'll end up with a bunch of cute pinwheels like above.

The next step is to hot glue the pinwheel onto a straw or stick. I like using the cute paper straws. I flatten the end of the straw and hot glue the back of the pinwheel to the flattened end.

You can even do mini pinwheels exactly like above and use them as cupcake toppers.

I usually cut about 2 inch by 2 inch squares for those and follow the same exact steps.


#Crafts #DIY

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