How to make a Pinwheel

Pinwheels are not only the most adorable little decoration, they are super easy to make and a very frugal craft also! I’ve had some questions lately about how to make them, and although I shared a tutorial last year, the pictures weren’t the best.  So I thought it would be helpful to show you again, and I also created a short video to show you how to make a Pinwheel.

Supplies you will need to make a Pinwheel:

  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Spray adhesive – if your paper is not double sided
  • Paper cutter
  • Ruler or straight edge
  • Pencil
  • Scisscors
  • Metal brads – either colored or gold

Step 1:
If the scrapbook paper is not double sided, use the spray adhesive {or glue} to attach two pieces of paper together. {you can also use single sided but I like the pinwheels to have a pattern on both sides} Let them set 5-10 minutes to dry. Using a paper cutter, cut out squares, size will depend on how big you want the pinwheel. I usually cut 4 1/2 or 5 1/2 inch squares.
Step 2:
Draw a line, diagonally from corner to corner, creating 4 sections
Step 3:
Cut along the lines, stopping about 1/4 inch from the center mark.
Step 4:
Using small sharp scissors or a small hole punch, and working on a cutting board, make a hole in each section in the right corner. And also a hole in the center.
Step 5:
Push the metal brad through each hole and then through the center
Step 6:
Open the points on the brad to secure
Watch how easy the Pinwheels are to make…

For a cute Spring display, I attached these Pinwheels onto a striped straw that I bought from Pick Your Plum. I also love to decorate with a Pinwheel Garland.
And on the Baker’s Rack
And we even added some to the tops of Cupcakes!


Have you made Pinwheels? How did you use them? Decorations? Craft?

Check out my Pinwheel Pinterest Board for more inspiration!

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  1. Jodi says:

    Ooo – I have wanted to this. Thanks for the fabulous tutorial. I’m pinning it.
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  2. Terri says:

    Great tutorial! Pinwheels are so fun! Springtime is a great time to craft, it snowed here yesterday, even tho I bought seeds! Oh well…..on to pinwheels! Thanks!

  3. Laura says:

    I love pinwheels. I love that you have a whole pinwheel board on pinterest. and I love the garland with them hung by clothes pins. Pinning This!

  4. OMG thank you for this tutorial!!! I am so excited to give this a try! I found you on Tater Tots and Jello. I’d love to have you link up with us for Fun Stuff Fridays linky party at Toys In The Dryer.
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  5. Christina at I Gotta Create! says:

    I love them!! Pinwheels are so colorful and playful – so “spring”!
    I gotta make some! Thanks for the tutorial.
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  6. BJ says:

    I llove this. Thanks for sharing but how do you attach the finished pinwheel to the straw?

  7. Sheila says:

    I was planning on doing something with pinwheels for spring. I love the little clothespins holding them on to make a banner! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

  8. I especially love the pinwheels on the cupcakes! Great tutorial. We will be making these soon! I found you on Tip Junkie and I’m following you on Pinterest now :)
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  9. Amanda says:

    These are so cute! Love the paper you choose.
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  10. Cassie says:

    Thanks so much for the article. I’m having a carnival wedding and it’s soo much easier than i thought to make them yourself. My fiance and I will be making a TON of these. Thanks again!!

  11. Cynthia says:

    This is a really good tutorial! I followed it this summer and featured these pinwheels in a post in which I linked this tutorial. Thanks so much!
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  12. Allison says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! How did you attach the pinwheels to the straw?

    • Liz says:

      Hi Allison, yes you can attach the pinwheels to a straw with tape or glue dots. You can also use them as a banner on string or ribbon.


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