The Summer Decor Series: Pretty Pinwheels
We’ve arrived at the fourth and final tutorial in our Summer Decor series, and continuing with the paper theme, this time we’re making decorative pinwheels in all colours and sizes. Traditionally known for their use at the seaside – often perched on top of a sandcastle – they’ve undergone something of a transformation recently, and are now used as anything from table decorations to wedding favours – and the best thing is that they’re one of the simplest things to make.
You Will Need:
Thick square paper or card – it can be any size, as long as it’s completely square
A stick to attach your pinwheel to – anything that stands upright and supports the pinwheel is fine
1. Draw diagonal lines from corner to corner on your sheet of cardboard, then cut along each line almost to the centre.
2. Take one corner, then fold it into the centre and glue in place.
3. Repeat for the other three corners – and that’s it! You’ve got your basic pinwheel shape.
4. Add a button, bead or decorative little something to the centre to hide the join.
5. Glue or tape your pinwheel to its stick, and display proudly.
The tutorial above is for pinwheels which are purely decorative, and obviously won’t turn – if you want your pinwheels to actually work, you need to make a hole in the centre of your paper before you start folding, and attach it to the stick with a small piece of dowel.
It’s worth noting that you see both sides of the paper – so if you’re using double-sided cardstock, make sure you like both prints!
If you’re using plain card, jazz things up a bit with some washi tape – we added some to the points of our pinwheels to make them a little more interesting.
Although traditionally mounted onto a stick, pinwheels can be used to decorate pretty much anything, from place settings and invitations to menus, banners and bunting. The sky’s the limit!
Paper used in this tutorial are: