I know many of you have made a pinwheel at some point or another.
Then I thought maybe some of you haven't so I put together a quick tutorial for those of you who haven't. There are many ways to make these pinwheels and in fact my nephew just put one together at his preschool using a straw - so go figure.
Along the way I'll give you some pointers, but feel free to send me an email if you have questions on any part of the tutorial. These are the materials you'll need:
4" X 4" piece of solid color card stock
Designer paper or stamped white card stock
Pearl or Bead
Cellophane bag filled with goodies and tied with a rubber band so you can slip pinwheel in
Preparations prior to assembling pinwheel:
***Before you do anything emerge one end of dowel into a glass of water. This makes push pin easier to go through as well prevents the dowel from splitting.
***If you're not using designer paper, you'll want to stamp your piece of white card stock. I started with a 8-1/2" X 11" piece of paper, trimmed it down to 8" x 8", stamped it, and trimmed it down to 4" x 4" pieces - you'll get four pinwheels out of this and/or scraps to make a matching card.
Adhere your plain card stock to your stamped piece of card stock; Fold or score your piece horizontal and vertical so that you end up with four squares, looks like this.
Next you'll be cutting each of the squares in half. Place a ruler diagonally at one corner to the middle of the square. With an exacto or utility knife, start at the corner and make a cut stopping about 3/4" of an inch or so before you get to the center.
With a handheld punch, punch a circle on the left side of each square and bring them towards the middle. Thread all holes through the pearl pin as shown.
Set it aside and grab your dowel and thumb tack. Pat dry your dowel and push the pin through as shown.
Take thumb tack out. Add a pearl to the edge of the pearl pin you stuck through the corners of the pinwheel, and insert into the pinwheel as shown.
With pliers fold back the remainder of the pin that sticks through the other side of the dowel as shown.
Insert pinwheel into bag of goodies and you're done!
Here's another holder for it.
Have a great day,
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