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Simple crafts for family, classroom and group craft time

Friday Fun, for kids

Simple crafts for family, classroom and group craft time
 
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Friday Fun

Easy DIY Pinwheel

Summer craft: Turn paper into fun!
Easy Pinwheel
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
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

This project is rated EASY to do.

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Before you start
  • Make a place to work.
  • Read all of the directions.
  • Gather everything you need to do the project.
  • Think about the project. Imagine how it will look and what you will do with it.
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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 cm) paper squares.

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 Stars digital papers.

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 eraser.

That's it! Your pinwheel is done!
Pinwheel made with double-side paper

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