Thursday, September 6, 2012

Paper Pinwheel Tutorial

I absolutely love the silhouette canvases on my mantle but alone, it looked pretty bare. I had been searching for knick knacks and chachskis but was unsuccessful when I decided to make some pinwheels. They are easy (and cute to boot!) and a fun addition to my mantle.

Supplies
Scrapbook paper (double sided would be best)
Hot glue or craft glue
Buttons or jewels for the center
Wooden skewers

1. The paper I liked was not double sided so I cut out two 4 inch squares and glued them together (use a gluestick, not hot glue)

2. Cut 4 diagonal cuts to towards the middle of the square, leaving about 1/2 inch in the middle


 *sorry for the blurry pictures....I had to use my 50mm lens and take them 1 handed because my big lens has a 200 zoom that falls when looking down

3. Take the bottom point of the left triangle and fold it towards the middle. I like to fold the pinwheel before gluing it so the paper gets used to the fold. Repeat with the left point of the top triangle, left  point of the right triangle and the right point of the bottom. It seems confusing as I type it but that's why I practice fold before hot gluing...you will see the pinwheel shape as you fold.





4. Now bust out the hot glue gun to secure the points in the center. Press down hard with your finger to let the glue dry


5. Add a button or jewel to the center to spruce it up

6. When the pinwheel is cooled, hot glue a wooden skewer to the back



I had a few mini orange vases from a bridal shower and chose to stick my pinwheels in those since our living room has a lot of color





I even made a mini pinwheel using a 2 inch square piece of paper and added it to a monogram for the mantle too.




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18 comments:

Erin said...

Suuuuper cute, I love them in the orange vases too! I'm totally saving this for my sister-in-law (to-be!) when I get to plan her shower! :) She would love them!!

tiff@thecoffeehouse said...

I think Dan could do this. ;) Honestly, so cute and creative! Love that pattern (and colors).

Tennille said...

Love these! Definitely something I am going to have to incorporate into my house!

Sarah said...

Awesome idea - thanks for sharing! I have a of the decorative letters around my house...can't wait to add the pinwheels!!

Rebecca O said...

Oooh! They look great!!

KRISTIN said...

Your craftiness just kills me!

Carolyn said...

So cute!! :)

Claire-Christine said...

I love the color contrast between the blue canvases and the pinwheels. Very fresh looking!

smk053078 said...

Okay, I need to take some serious DIY lessons from you. You always come up with the cutest ideas, this one is no exception. LOVE IT all!!

Lissy Moore@Moorepinkplease.com said...

very cute idea! you are so crafty!

Christa @themeandminebook said...

I LOVE this!!
Hope you don't mind if I snag the idea for Heidi's room remodel!

Btw....will be going to the post office today or tomorrow. ;)

christina said...

ummmmm yeah...those are ridiculously cute!

Jenni@Story of My Life said...

This is adorable Ruthie! May make these for my BFF's shower next month! :)

Abbey said...

Super cute, Ruthie!!

Girls Love Fried Pickles said...

Love Love Love. I am going to have to do this. I think Ian would love making these too

Simply Splendid LOVE said...

Super cute and easy DIY. AND I love the little colored vases you put them in! Great idea girl!!

oh MY tookies! said...

fabulous!! love love! :)

themosbysinchina said...

Wow, Ruthie! Those look awesome! And I love the vases. Looks great!

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