Pinwheels are a really great way to add a pop of color without spending a fortune. If you can catch a sale, you will spend less than $.25 a piece. That's amazing and when you see how easy they are, you'll be making them just for fun!
One 12X12 piece of scrapbook paper will make 4 large pinwheels. I like to use 2 contrasting sheets of paper, but a single piece will still make a beautiful pinwheel. For this tutorial, I will assume that you are using 2 sheets. I’ll call them Paper A and Paper B, as if I needed to make this anymore confusing. Before you get started, go ahead and plug in your glue gun in case you need it to finish off your pinwheel.
|Divide into 4 equal parts.|
See how I have the back sides facing each other? Now you may cut.
|Match back sides together.|
|Cut each corner toward the |
center of the square.
Ok, now that you have 4 smaller squares (well, 8 really), pick up one set of small squares. Mark the center of one piece. This mark won’t show when we’re finished. However, the piece of paper that you’ve chosen to mark will be on the inside of your finished pinwheel. Let’s call this one Paper A. Again, with the back sides together, cut from each corner into the center of the paper square, stopping about 1 inch from the center. This is soooo not an exact science. In fact, I encourage you NOT to measure during this craft. Now, don’t you feel liberated?
Now, there are a couple of ways to fasten your pinwheel. You can use hot glue to hold it together and add a cute button as the bling. Or you can use a paper fastener and a hole punch. I'm going to show you the glue gun method because that's how I made this one. However, if you have a fastener (there are really cute options from Paper Studio) and a hole punch, you will follow the same step. Just omit the glue and hold your pieces tightly while you punch a hole.
|Glue wrong sides together to stabilize the pinwheel.|