Hey look! Another tutorial! I seriously LOVED how these looked hanging along the back wall of our wedding tent. Too bad the photographers didn’t take pictures of them. *ahem* Right? Good thing I took a photo at home beforehand:
I love them so much that I will likely make more for other events in the future – like, oh say, a birthday?? Yeah, today is my birthday. *high five* I’m not sure what I’m going to do with myself just yet. Keith is taking me to an awesome restaurant for dinner – I’m very excited about that – and in the meantime . . . I dunno. My favorite thing to do is work on projects – I just can’t decide which one I’m going to focus on today. Anyway, I know you don’t care, you just want the dang tutorial. And here it is . . .
This project can be made with any paper – we’re using newspaper today, but wallpaper is also fantastic.
For each newspaper pinwheel you will need:
- 6 sheets of newspaper
- Stapler w/ staples
- Hot glue gun w/ glue
- Card stock
- 1 Scrap of newspaper
- 1 tab from soda can
- Contrasting paper for center (if desired)
Step Two: Overlap the last fold of one sheet and the first fold of another. Staple at the top and bottom. Tip: If your paper is very decorative and the staples will stand out, substitute the staples with a dab of hot glue. Continue this process with all six sheets of newspaper.
Step Four: Stand your tube upright. Push the top edges down towards the center onto your work surface, easing them until they meet in the middle.
Step Six: Flip your pinwheel over and reinforce the back center with hot glue. As the hot glue sets, place a scrap of newspaper over the center for added strength.
Step Seven: Cut a 4″ circle from the card stock and secure to the right side center of your pinwheel with a dab of hot glue. If you’d like to add a decorative element, cut a starburst (or any shape) pattern from contrasting paper and hot glue to the card stock circle (as seen in the picture at the top of this post).
Step Eight: Hot glue the soda can tab to the back of your pinwheel – this makes a great hanger!
Experiment with pinwheels of different sizes hung at varying heights to make an interesting, beautiful backdrop.