September 5, 2011

Pinwheel Tutorial

Back in July, I posted about the baby shower invitations I designed, and promised a tutorial. Well, I finally got my act together and documented the process! Without further ado - here's my Paper Pinwheel Tutorial! I custom designed and made these colorful paper pinwheels for my friend's Baby Shower. (I also made about 50 feet of paper bunting!)

I started by looking online for a template/tutorial, but none of them were exactly what I wanted. Either they were too complicated and required many pieces and glue plus a LOT of cutting (I was making 12!) or they weren't the look that I wanted. So based on what I  understood the basic shape to be, I drew multiple templates in Illustrator, until I came up with one that I liked - lots of "points", one piece with a unique geometric look!

Here's the link to my template - It's a .pdf and is intended to be printed on 11x17, you'll need 2 copies.

My Paper Pinwheels!
I put them in weighted and covered soda bottles as centerpieces.


Supplies: 12"x12" inch heavyweight scrapbook paper or other cardstock, xacto knife, awl, glue, tie peg and wood bead (bead must fit loosely over peg), hole punch, 1.75" circle punch (optional), 3/8 dowel, drill, drill bits. I got both the tie pegs and beads at Michael's.

1. Print out two copies of the template, cut template along cut line and tape together, making one 8-point star.

2. Tape template over 12"x12" paper. Using an awl (or thumbtack) mark each intersection on the template, pushing through both papers.

3. Using holes as cutting guides, cut out star.

4. Punch holes in the end of each star point.

5. Fold points in at the bend.

6. Fold points in again, matching holes.

7. Optional - Punch out circle and center punch a hole.

8. Get dowel ready by cutting to desired length - roughly 12" to 15". Drill a hole through the dowel just large enough for the tie peg.

9. Begin by threading the circle, then each successive point.

10. Place bead on back of tie peg, and a drop of glue in the dowel hole. - The bead acts as a separator so the pinwheel doesn't hit the dowel.

11. Place dowel over peg and let dry. All Done!

Other Helpful Pinwheel Tutorials:
Style Me Pretty
Cheeky Magpie
Hello My Name is Heather

(Some of the many versions I tried out! - none were quite right)

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