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How-To: Pinwheels


Mar 20, 2012 Birthday, Kids, Paper , , , , , 0 Comments

I love pinwheels. They are so easy to make and can be customized to whatever event you plan on having. For Isabella’s first birthday, I decided to make pinwheels for all the little ones. I found these beautiful paper books at the local craft store, and using, thin craft dowels, sewing pins, and rubber earring backings (in place of erasers), I started cracking. They couldn’t be simpler to make.


  1. Start off with a square piece of paper. The paper I purchased was decorated on both sides. I find that if the paper is decorated on both sides, it will give your pinwheel more dimension. If you don’t happen to have that type of paper, you can take two identical pieces of paper, decorate them,  and glue them to each other.
  2. Next, mark the center of your squre with a pencil/pen.
  3. With a ruler, draw 4 diagonal lines toward the center of the paper.
  4. Using a scissor or exacto knife and using the diagonal lines as a guide, cut along the lines about two-thirds towards the center dot. Now you have each corner of your square has two points.
  5. Now, take each alternating point, and bring them to the center, overlapping each other. To make it easier on me, I used a small hole punch to punch a hole in each alternating point.
  6. Once all the punched holes are overlapping each other, I inserted a small pin through the holes, then through a small bead, then through the thin dowel and then through a rubber earring backing. (you can use an eraser as well) The backing holds the pin in place and the bead allows space between the pinwheel and the dowel, allowing it to spin easily.

Note: To punch a hole through the dowel, I used a regular push pin. The wood on a dowel is very soft so it shouldn’t be too difficult to do, but if the dowel continues to split when you push the pin through, soak the dowel in water for a few minutes.