Introduction: Pinwheel

About: I love making things.

I have always been fascinated by the pinwheel. Just looking at it spin in the wind makes me happy. I believe it’s a cool toy that can work great as part of a room’s decor. Pinwheels can come in many different colours and sizes. They are really inexpensive to craft, and would spice up any room or party space.

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Step 1: Materials

1. Colored Papers (preferably above 100 gsm)
2. Straws
3. Paper Pin Fasteners
4. Pencil
5. Sharp Pointed Tool (any)
6. Scissors
7. Single Hole Puncher
8. Blu Tac (optional)

Step 2: Fold

Fold the corner of the paper to form a triangle.

Step 3: Cut

Cut along the edges of the triangle.

Step 4: Fold

Fold the triangle cutout into half to make a fold line.

Step 5: Unfold & Cut

Unfold and cut 2/3 way into the fold line.

Step 6: Unfold & Repeat Step 4 & 5

Unfold the triangle into a square and you’ll see 2 corners with cuts.
Repeat steps 4 and 5 for the other 2 corners.

Step 7: Punch Holes

Punch holes on 4 flaps of the paper as shown.

Step 8: Poke Hole in Center of Paper

Poke a hole in the middle of the paper using any sharp tool.
Then use a pencil tip to gradually widen the hole.

Step 9: Poke Hole in Straw

Use any sharp tool to poke a hole through the straw (near the end).
You may want to use some Blu Tac as backing support while making the hole; please don’t use your hand/fingers!
Use a pencil tip to gradually widen the hole.

Step 10: Combine & Fasten

Bring all 4 corners (with hole) towards the middle of the pinwheel.
Put a paper pin fastener through all holes (4 flaps and 1 in the center of pinwheel).

Step 11: Attach Straw to Pinwheel

Attach straw to pinwheel by placing the hole on the straw through the paper pin at the back of the pinwheel.

Step 12: Bend & Done!

Bend the paper pin’s tips to fasten pinwheel together and you’re done!

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Question 3 years ago on Step 9

What did you do to the straw to make it flat?


Question 4 years ago on Step 1

what is the measurement of the paper square?


6 years ago

I made this and it doesn't spin at all. You can't use a flat fastener.


11 years ago on Introduction

i'm just asking, can this pinwheel spin? i mean, if there's a wind, can it spin well?


12 years ago on Introduction

i think it is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


12 years ago on Introduction

This is so cool i have mad them before but not nearly as colorful