Give these playful pinwheels a whirl as fun favors, DIY party decorations or in a centerpiece.
- Double-sided patterned paper*
- 3/16- to ¼-in.-wide wooden dowel rod
- Map pin or tack
- Low-temperature glue gun and glue sticks
- Paper cutter or scissors and ruler
- Jar, bucket or other container
- 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.)
- Fold paper in half diagonally and unfold. Fold opposite way and unfold, forming two crossing diagonal creases.
- 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.
- 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.
- With a gentle twisting motion, poke a map pin or tack through the front center of the pinwheel.
- 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.
- 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