What you will make:
Just in time for a breezy March day, make this colorful paper
pinwheel with nothing more than paper, a pencil
and a straight pin. Children of all ages will be delighted with this
whirling windmill. Make several as party decorations or favors!
This is a terrific "make and take" craft for a birthday party, and
is well-suited for family, group or classroom
craft time. With a little preparation by the adult or teen leader, this
project can be completed in no time!
Here's what you need:
- Computer paper
- Pencil with eraser, unsharpened
- Straight pin with ball top
- Optional: Small bead, glue
This project is rated EASY to do.
How to Make the Easy Pinwheel
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Project Preparation
Gather the materials needed for making a pinwheel. If you
are doing this project with a group of children, pre-cut the 6" (15
- Step 2: Cut Square
Cut a 6" (15 cm) square of paper that has been printed with one of Aunt
Annie's Red and Blue
Tip: Two-sided pinwheels can be made by gluing
two printed squares back-to-back, or by printing on both sides of
heavy paper (24- or 32-pound).
- Step 3: Cut
Use the pencil and ruler to draw two diagonal lines,
corner-to-corner, that cross at the square's center. Mark the
center point and mark a point 2¾" (7 cm) from each corner
on the diagonal line.
Cut on the diagonal line from each corner up to the marked
point. Erase pencil marks, except for the center point.
- Step 4: Assemble
- Using the straight pin, punch a hole in the center and at every
other point (about ¼" from the tip.)
- Poke the pin through one of the point holes and curl the point toward the center. Don't fold!
- Curl each pierced point, in turn, toward the center and poke the pin through the holes.
- Push the pin through the center hole of the pinwheel.
- Holding the pencil on a flat surface with one hand, push the
pin into the side of the eraser.
- Step 5: Finish
You now have a pinwheel! Hold the pinwheel in your hand and swish
it around. The pinwheel should rotate on the pin. Take the pinwheel
outside on a breezy day and see it whirl like crazy!
Tip: If your pinwheel doesn't rotate freely, it
is probably rubbing against the pencil. You can fix this problem by
inserting the pin into the eraser at a slight upward angle, or by
slipping a small bead onto the pin before inserting it into the
That's it! Your pinwheel is done!
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