Want to make a DIY toy that is so easy you won’t believe you haven’t made them before? You have found it: the pinwheel!
While most of the country is facing a cold snap, up until yesterday we were still wearing shorts and T-shirts here in SoCal. So making a few pinwheels the other day seemed completely appropriate to us! No matter the weather these are fun any time of the year and I can see them being an awesome DIY decoration/favor for parties. This is our Back-to-School Fall version.
Here’s how to make one:
- Quilting Pins
- Exacto knife/straight edge or scissors
- Hot Glue
Step One: Cut the paper The first thing you’ll need to do is cut your paper to size. 6″ x 6″ squares work best.
Step Two: Make your template Draw diagonal lines across the paper, stopping about 1/2″ on either side of the center point, essentially leaving a 1″ square in the center that will remain uncut. Make sure to mark 4 dots in the locations shown. These will be the edges you fold into the center.
Step Three: Cut Using either a straight edge and exacto or scissors cut the diagonal lines.
Step Four: Fold Fold each edge marked with a circle to the center of the pinwheel overlapping the ends a little.
Step Five: Pin This is the only tricky part! While holding down the folds in the center, push a quilting pin through the center of the pinwheel AND the pencil eraser.
Step Six: Glue Add a dollop of hot glue on the end of the pin to protect little fingers and hold the pin in place.
Step Seven: Enjoy!