Instructions

  1. Cut paper into a square. (We cut a 3 1/2-in. square for the small size, a 5 1/2-in. square for the medium and a 7 1/2-in. square for the large.)
  2.  Fold paper in half diagonally and unfold. Fold opposite way and unfold, forming two crossing diagonal creases.
  3. Begin at one corner and cut along the crease, stopping about ½ in. from the center point. Cut the same way from the other three corners, leaving about a 1-in. square area uncut in the center.
  4. Pull the upper left corner of each of the four cut triangle shapes in to the center point. Adhere each corner on top of the next one using a dab of hot glue.
  5. With a gentle twisting motion, poke a map pin or tack through the front center of the pinwheel.
  6. Then poke the pin or tack straight through the side of the dowel rod, about ½ in. down from the top, stopping when the point barely shows on the other side. For safety, cover the sharp edge with a small drop of hot glue.
  7. Make as many pinwheels as desired and anchor in a container filled with sand, pushing the dowels to different depths for more flair.

*Tip: Can’t find double-sided paper in patterns you like? Make your own by using a glue stick to affix two sheets of coordinating paper together, back to back.

Get a pdf of step-by-step instructions for making pinwheels.

Paper Pinwheel Centerpiece Photography by Country Woman