05 May 2014
There are some really fantastic crafting ideas out there although some are (of course) much easier to do than others. If you are looking for something that is fun and easy to make then a paper pinwheel could well be your craft of choice. The good news when you look into making paper pinwheels is just how easy they are. In fact if you are looking for a craft that you can make with young children then something like this could be perfect.
When it comes to making paper pinwheels there are several methods you can use. The best thing you can do is practice with a couple of them until you find the one that is easiest for you to make. Remember that paper pinwheels are meant to be fun and exciting so don't be afraid to experiment a little with colours and be bright and bold with your paper choices.
To make one you'll need to start with a 7" by 7" square of paper. This can be any sort of paper as it works as template. Once you have the paper you need you'll need to separate it into 4 equal sized squares. Make sure you measure this to get it accurate rather than just guess.
You'll need to colour each of the squares that you have drawn out a different colour - be as bold and creative as you like, it'll make the end result much better!
Once any glue or paint you have used to decorate the paper is dried you can start to make the wheel.
You will need to draw diagonal lines from the corners of your big square to the centre. Again you need to make sure that you use a ruler for this to get it accurate rather than just guessing. Your line should touch each of the opposite corners but only reach to about 3cm away from the middle. Draw these lines quite lightly as they are guidelines rather than for anything that needs shown.
Now you need to cut along each of the lines, making sure that the 3cms you have left not drawn on is also left uncut. You only cut the diagonal lines you cut and not the straight box edges. Working clockwise you should lightly label each line A, B, C and D.
Now you are ready to add your stick. You need to hold all of the edges to the centre of your large square. Each of the four corners should be overlapping slightly. Once you have done this you need o push a pin through the middle of these. You can remove this pin now and place your stick into place and put the pin back as well as pining to the stick. You will need to make sure that the pin is not too big as this could stop it spinning.
It sounds tricky but it becomes much easier with practice! You'll soon find these one of the easiest homemade craft items you can make.