DIY: Paper Pinwheels

One reason I love paper crafts is that they’re easy on the wallet. I made this paper pinwheel art a couple Christmases ago when I was trying to save money on holiday decorations.  Come December 26th, I had a hard time taking it down, so it’s been there ever since. (In my house, it’s quite a feat for any object to stick around a whole year in the same spot.)
Last month a reader emailed to ask where she could get one. So here’s a little “craft and tell”. If you need a craft for a girls’ night, this would be great project. It’s cheap, perfect to do while chatting, and not intimidating to the anti-crafter. (You know we all have those friends.) Only a few supplies are needed: paper, a hot glue gun, and scissors. A paper cutter and some punches would be nice if you have them.
 What to do with them you ask?
Glue them to a hurricane.
Attach them to a $2 frame from Wal Mart and hang on your wall.
Hot glue to ribbon and make a streamer.

(Please excuse my dirty windows. Funny how I didn’t notice them until now-ha!)

Check out these awesome pics of pinwheels used elsewhere…

How else have you seen paper pinwheels used?
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    1. says

      LOVE that gorgeous console table beneath pinwheel art! The paper you used is beautiful, I can see why it has a home there. Thank you for the easy tutorial….fun!

    2. says

      Oh my gosh—this is one of my favorite DIYs I have seen in a long long time. It is seriously lovely. I have a large frame that I was going to use for photos, but I think I just changed my mind. I love this! Thanks for posting.

    3. says

      Great idea! I will be making these to top all the gifts I give to others. It’s a great way to use all the pretty papers I’ve been hoarding.
      Have a great day.

    4. says

      I am so addicted to these pinwheels! I made a black and white wreath with them and now I want to put them everywhere! I love yours on the square frame-so pretty! I never thought to hole punch them, thanks for the idea!

    5. says

      Nice design, good way to add color, simple. Could be a great family project. Nice job on the tutorial. Visiting from Not Just a House Wife. Marji @ AshbeeDesign

    6. says

      I can certainly see why you kept your creation up for a while — it’s super cute! Wonderful tutorial! I’d love it if you would consider linking with Busy Monday (open Monday through Thursdays) at A Pinch of Joy, a linky party for ideas that make life better, easier and more fun!

    7. says

      I love your step-by-step with the chalkboard! Very easy to understand and a super cute idea. I am planning to make these for a wedding and your DIY makes them seem very simple!! Thanks for sharing :)

      xo alanna

    8. says

      I will be featuring this tonight at my Winter Blues Wednesday party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I’ve Been Featured button. Thanks.

    9. says

      I love this idea, simple but elegant. I am starting a craft group at home and I am looking for ideas for things to do, the ladies have never done any crafts before so it is a social thing as well as having fun being creative.
      thanks for the ideas

    10. Anonymous says

      Help…. how do you make the really large ones,I am having problems with strips and making BIG ONES. Love the project and am doing it now help please

    11. says

      You may have to connect two or three strips together to make the largest ones. When you have them connected end to end, press down with one hand to flatten into the circle. Hot glue in the middle. Keep holding in position until it dries. Hope that helps!

    12. Anonymous says

      Oh My …. I had to work hard to make something SO simple, so hard. lol just went back and took another look and wow how simple is this. I love it,you are great !

    13. Anonymous says

      I just came across your blog through Becoming Martha’s blog. I absolutely love this. I’m going to try making something to hang on my 4 month old daughter’s wall. Thanks for the awesome idea!

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