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How To Make Pinwheels

It takes just a few simple supplies to make a pinwheel - lovely and playful as kids birthday party decorations, or done in red and blue, 4th of July decorations! They can even be dressed up and done in white, cream, gold, silver or pastels and used as wedding decorations - perfect for garden weddings. Making pinwheels is also a great kids birthday craft - let them decorate with rubber stamps, stickers and glitter.

Handmade Pinwheels

Lake 8 1/2" X 11" Text Weight Paper
Red 8 1/2" X 11" Text Weight Paper
VersaMagic Cloud White Inkpad
Star Rubber Stamp
Double Stick Tape
1/8" Hole Punch
8 1/2" Guillotine Paper Trimmer (optional)
Unsharpened Pencils with Erasers


  1. Cut text weight paper into 5 1/4" squares.
  2. Fold paper in half diagonally, corner to corner. This will create four triangles on your square paper. Punch a 1/8" hole in the left corner of each triangle.
  3. Using the fold lines as guide, cut towards the center of your square from each of the four corners. Cut until you are about 1/2" from center of the square. Punch a 1/8" hole in center of square.
  4. Stamp the star image all over one side, or both sides of the paper.
  5. Bring all four hole punched corners to the center of the square. Match up the holes, and secure into place by pushing a thumbtack through the holes and into a pencil eraser (use an unsharpened pencil eraser side up), behind the pinwheel.
  6. Dress up pencils by covering them in paper. Cut 1 1/2" x 8 1/2" strips of text weight paper and twirl down the length of the pencil. Secure the top and bottom of the strip of paper with a dab of double stick tape. You can also use ribbon.