Saturday, August 13, 2011

round pinwheel {how to}

I recently made a bunch of round pinwheels from book pages
for a friend's bridal shower & found it more challenging than I expected,
so I thought I'd create a tutorial.
supplies:
book  pages or paper
scissors
paper cutter
glue [used both hot glue gun & Aleene's]
circle cutter [optional]

The pinwheels I created were about 3" in diameter [or less]
and I cut the book pages into 7"x2.75" strips using a paper cutter.
I then folded the paper strip in an accordion style, 
using the words to guide the depths of the folds
[you can increase the depth, keeping in mind you may want a longer strip]
Once the full strip was folded, I then pulled opposite ends together 
[perpendicular to the folds] and glued along this line
[be sure to use a strong glue, rather than a glue stick]
Repeat, on the other end to create a full circle.
To finish, I placed a small circle over the center to cover the folds. 
You can use a c contrasting color or the same paper, depending on the effect you're going for.
Note:  If you want to use the pinwheels in garland, I suggest waiting to glue 
the center together after the pinwheel has been mounted on the twine; 
add the finishing circle on top of the twine. 


Thirty Hand Made Days

2 comments:

  1. I love the effect! Especially with the twine :)

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  2. this is so cute. believe it or not, I've never made one of these before. I think I wanna try making one as a rainy day projects but I want to use colored paper. =)

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