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Simple Spinning Pinwheels in Se7en Steps…

September 24th, 2009 · 15 Comments

Welcome to our week of simple goodies before Hood #8 arrives, now there is bit of optimism for you!!! This weeks craft was inspired by Ordinary Life Magic and their beautiful Pinwheels for Peace. This is what you are aiming for:










Let’s Meet the Players:

  • A sheet of paper per pinwheel, we used a piece of colored paper as well,
  • Wax crayons, we used only white ones,
  • Watercolor paints,
  • Lick and stick paper, we had some lying around,
  • A wooden Skewer,
  • A thumbtack.

Let’s Play the Game:

Step 1: We started with printer paper and mad it square by folding a triangle over and snipping along the straight line. Then we folded our squares to find the centre before we began working.


Fold, fold, fold, snip, snip, snip. And ready to go:


Step 2: We started with white crayons and a did a bit of waxing and invisible patterning.


Step 3: Out came the watercolors:


And we painted away:



Step 4: We placed our paintings on colorful card because they were a bit flimsy in places… and folded them again to be sure of the middle point.


Snip about two thirds along the fold lines towards the center point:


And you will have a pile of pinwheels almost good to go:


Step 5: But that wasn’t enough, we decided to decorate the backs as well. We used lick and stick paper…


Chopped it into little triangles…


And made stained glass windows on the back of our pinwheels.



Step 6: You will need a wooden skewer and a thumbtack for each pinwheel. Fold every other corner to the center of the pinwheel and pin them onto the skewer.


And before you know it you will have a bunch of pinwheels…


Step 7: Finally we took them outdoors to plant them in the garden…


That’s it – easy as can be… and decorating any old way makes this project as easy or as hard as you want it to be.

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Tags: Paper Crafts · Tuesday Art Task

15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Nicole // Sep 25, 2009 at 10:18 am

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!! My 2 year old has been begging to make these and I was still trying to figure out how…yay, will make them today!

  • 2 se7en // Sep 25, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Hi N – Glad you liked them! Have Fun!!!

  • 3 Beth @Upper West Side Mom // Jan 18, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    These are so colorful, perfect for January blahs. We just got a pinwheel from our dentist and were wondering how to make them ourselves.

  • 4 se7en // Jan 18, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Hi B, Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!!! Love it!!! Hope your winter blahs get moving on soon… though not too soon because we are so busy enjoying summer sun!!! Have a great week!!!

  • 5 Cristina // Jan 20, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Thanks so much,

    I will be making them with 5 kids that I teach art…
    It has been very rainy here in the East Bay, CA this will make them very happy
    By the way, i love how colorful and joyus your spinwheels are

  • 6 se7en // Jan 20, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Hi C, I am so glad you like them, I hope you have fun!!!

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