April 19, 2012

I'm sPinning Over Pinwheels

The good thing about Pinterest is that you see all sorts of neat craft project that you just have to make.

The bad thing about Pinterest is that you see all sorts of neat craft project that you just have to make.

As in, they bug the bejeebers out of you and sit in the back of your mind nagging at your subconscious until you just have to run to the store at 9:00 at night to buy the supplies for the project.

This was one of those projects.

The supplies you will need are:

  • 6x6 double sided scrapbook paper
  • wood skewers normally used for shish kabobs
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • paper hole punch
  • brads (found in the scrapbooking embellishment area of your local Michaels, JoAnns or Hobby Lobby)
  • a little bit of glue, if you are so inclined

You could cut your own paper into the correct size, but the 6x6 paper was so darn convenient. The double sided paper is important, since you can see both sides of the paper when looking at the front of the pinwheel.

1.  I folded my paper in half diagonally.

2.  Then folded in half again. You could draw these lines instead, but I didn't want pencil marks on the pinwheel.

3.  I took a pencil and put a teeny tiny dot 3" into the pinwheel (I know, there goes my pencil marks theory).

4.  Cut 3" into each corner to that dot to create your pinwheel spokes.

5.  Punch a hole in every other corner of the pinwheel.

6.  Take the brad and thread it through the punched holes.

7.  Until all holes are in the brad.

8.  Push the brad through the middle of the pinwheel (I used a little knife to cut a slit so it wouldn't rip the paper).

9.  Turn the flaps of the brad over to hold the pinwheel together.

10. Attach your skewer to the pinwheel by folding the brad ends around the wood. You may need a tiny touch of glue to keep the pinwheel from sliding around on the skewer.

Voila. Pinwheels.

That don't really spin, but these are for eye candy, so we'll just ignore that little factoid.

BTW, they make a zillion type of brads. All different sizes, colors and designs on them. I chose ones that looks like screw heads.

Your basic old fashioned all American slotted screws

and your newfangled phillips head screws. Industrial pinwheels are all the rage.

Happy pinwheeling!

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  1. Oh how evil you are.The reason I don't Pin is to avoid this problem.It's bad enough the number of ideas I see on blogs.But you had to go and put this on a blog which means I found it (I stopped following MMS a while ago) and now I will obsess.I remember a million years ago Martha Stewart did this and I bet if I go through my ancient hoard of ideas (the ones pre-blog) I will find the instructions from her magazine. Because this has been on my radar for, oh about, five million years now. Must resist. Must resist. Can't resist... Thanks for your evil sharing. Enjoy! They look fab by the way.

  2. I LOVE that paper you used. LOVE it! LOVE it! Delightful pinwheels. Sad they do not spin, though. GREAT project, nonetheless. Take care.

  3. Thanks for showing us how. I did see the other post. She used old pags from DIck and Jane books. Where could you find those. That's how I learned to read.
    I love pinwheels and will have to try these. Thanks for sharing.

  4. That's the problem with pinterest, there's so many great ideas that just force me to spend money. Your pinwheels turned out so good! I love the paper and the industrial look ;) I've been wanting to make some little mini ones for the tops of cupcakes. Wouldn't that be cute?!

  5. Very cute. Who doesn't smile looking at a pinwheel, but a grouping just makes a person happier all the way around. Love them.

  6. How cute are those! I think my grand kids would LOVE making these with a little help. They are just darling! xo Diana

  7. They are so cute Pam...thank you for showing us how to make them. I am hoping to get some made before next weekend, when the marketplace opens.


  8. Pam, these are SO CUTE. I LOVE the paper you chose!!!

  9. Great paper selections. Your pinwheels are splendid. I totally understand obsessing about a project and needing to get supplies at strange hours of the night. A few years ago, I made a bunch of giant pinwheels for Josie's Rainbow birthday party and hung them together as a garland. I loved them so much, she still has them hanging up in her bedroom.


    Happy crafting!

  10. Oh pinterest ... I tried to break it off but I am so very weak and went crawling back, even without the 25th hour in the day. (You can achieve extra hours in the day by skipping over sleep).

    I *love* this project and how cute would a massive display of these be in say, an antique mall or vintage event?! The industrial touch is quite timely! :-)

  11. Ha ha! Yours are cuter and more springy with all the floral prints. So there! They look like a bouquet of flowers all together in the vase.

  12. Really charming. Such a fun project -- looks great!

  13. Since I do not Pin but do Pinwheel you are my go to source for all things crafty. They are adorable. Would a giant one in my yard be tacky?

  14. Those are so cool! I think I should make some, too. Thanks for the idea!

  15. Love 'em...think I may have to try some too :)

  16. Cute pinwheels :) The kids would probably enjoy making those with me. TFS!

  17. Very cute and soooo easy. Love it!

    @ 3Beeze Homestead

  18. Thank you for posting this. It’s exactly what I was looking for!

  19. These are just so sweet!!! Perfect for any vignette! Thanks for sharing! See, your crafting and I'm getting recipes from there. Love that site!
    Have a great weekend,
    xxx Liz

  20. Those are too cute. Love the paper you chose.

    Might have to try these.


  21. Pam, your pinwheels are just adorable! I might have to give these a try. Thanks for sharing your cute project!

  22. How fun is this??? I love it! I have not seen these in years!! They look great Pam.
    Too bad I didn't live closer i would love to make these with you!

  23. I love your pinwheels. Thanks for sharing your tutorial! I didn't see MMS's, so this is new to me! : )


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