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How to Make a Paper Pinwheel
This is a nice outdoor toy or even a fun decoration made using a few simple supplies you probably have lying around your house. Use the pinwheel to decorate for a party or an outdoor picnic.
- Age Guideline: 8 Years and Up
- Time Required: 10 minutes
The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances. For best results, read through all of these steps before you start making this craft.
Let's... begin.Continue to 2 of 9 below.
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Gather The Supplies to Make a Paper Pinwheel
Before you start any project it is easiest to gather together all of the supplies. For this project you will need:
- Construction Paper, Cardstock, or Plain Paper
- Ruler - Optional
- Pen or Pencil
- Hole Puncher
- Push Pin or Tack
Now you need a pinwheel shape.Continue to 3 of 9 below.
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Print a Paper Pinwheel Template
You will need a square pattern to use for your pinwheel. You can use the one above, complete with cut marks, by right-clicking on it and choosing to print. You can also save it to your desktop and then print it if you like.
If you prefer, draw out your own square pattern in the desired size.
If you need help saving and printing this template, check out this helpful article
Now we can start.Continue to 4 of 9 below.
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Making a Paper Square for Your Pinwheel
Use the template provided in step 3 as a guide to help you cut out your pinwheel square or use the ruler and a pen or pencil to draw a 6-inch square on your paper.
Cut out your square.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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Coloring Your Square Pinwheel Paper
Use the crayons to add some designs to your pinwheel. I drew simple polka-dots on one side of the paper, leaving the other side blank. You can do the same, color both sides or leave the paper plain. You can also embellish the paper using markers or stickers.Continue to 6 of 9 below.
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Cutting Diagonal Slits in Your Pinwheel Paper
Once you get your paper looking how you want it, you need to cut the corners. Starting at each corner, cut a diagonal slit from the edge towards the center stopping about half way to the center. If you used the printable template use the diagonal lines as a guide.Continue to 7 of 9 below.
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Punching Holes in Your Pinwheel Paper
Use a small hole puncher and make a hole in each corner of your square and also in the center of the square.Continue to 8 of 9 below.
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Fold in the Corners or Your Pinwheel
Gently fold over each punched corner to line up all the punched holes with the center hole, making sure not to crease.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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Finishing Your Paper Pinwheel
Finally, attach the pinwheel to the pencil by inserting the pointy end of the push pin or tack through the punched holes and sticking it into the pencil eraser.