Summer Pinwheels

by Chan Vu, Jun 08 2015

One of my favorite paper crafting piece is my giant colorful pinwheels. I've made hundreds of pinwheels as wall decors over the years and people love it. These pinwheels add a pop of colors and brings life to any event. With so many compliments and requests for a tutorial, I decided it's time I share this paper crafting skill with CBG readers. 

Don't be intimidated by the size and strength of the pinwheels. It's a lot easier to make than you think. The colors and sizes are all up to you. The larger the pinwheel, the more paper you will need. Once completed, these pinwheels are sturdy and definitely reusable. You can use wrapping paper or scrapbook paper. The fun is seeing all the colors and designs come together. 

Let's get started making these festive pinwheels. I picked out stars and stripes scrapbook papers for this tutorial. These will be perfect decorations for this summer's holiday celebrations. 


Supplies: (make 1 large giant pinwheel)
  • 10  sheets of 12x12 scrapbook papers
  • glue stick
  • hot glue gun with glue
  • scissors 

1. Start by folding 9 sheets of scrapbook paper individually back and fourth like a fan. Make sure the designs face the same direction in your fold.  Fold about 3/4 inch each time. Be as consistent a possible in your fold. It'll look better in the end, I promise.
2. Connect the folded sheets with glue.
3. Glue the last sheet with the first sheet connecting the roll of zig zag paper. 
4. Gather the folded sheets like a teepee tent.
5. Push the center down making the folds flare out like a circular fan.
6. Cut two equal circles using the last sheet of scrapbook paper.
7. Apply hot glue to one circle. Gather the folded paper towards the center and place the circle with the hot glue over the center point. Use a pot holder or a heat resistant surface to press the hot glue down. Let it cool.
8. Gently flip the pinwheel over and repeat strep 7 on the back side. This creates the backbone for the pinwheel making it sturdy and has a place to attach to the wall. 
9. You can use masking tape to stick these pinwheels on the wall or strings to hang them from the ceiling. 
See? It wasn't so hard! In fact, it's a lot of fun. Stick these pinwheels to the wall and enjoy the festivities. 

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