Pinwheel Garland ~ How to Tutorial

This Pinwheel Garland was such fun to create! I can’t take credit for the idea though, Leanne, the Craft Queen from Organize and Decorate Everything came up with this cute idea!  I first spied her Patriotic Garland when she linked up to my Fourth of July Party over at It’s A Blog Party. She has such great ideas, you NEED to check out her blog.

When I spotted the Pinwheel Garland, I already had all my Fourth of July decorating done. The wheels started turning, and I thought it would be fun to still do the Garland, but use bright colors for Summertime.

Here is how I created this fun little Pinwheel Garland…

  1. Cut squares of scrapbook paper, 4 1/2 inches x 4 1/2 inches
  2. Because my paper was not double sided, I glued 2 coordinating papers together, and laid them out to dry
  3. Then I trimmed the edges so there was no white showing
  4. This is how the Pinwheel looked with just white for the opposite side
  5. I did have 1 piece of paper that was printed on both sides, which made it a little quicker and easier to create the Pinwheel, but most of the paper I found at Hobby Lobby was not printed on both sides
  6. Then I connected each corner, drawing a line with a pencil
  7. Using a small pair of sharp scissors and a cutting board, I poked holes in each corner and the middle, you could also use a very small hole punch, like Leanne did, but I didn’t have one. Then cut along the lines, being sure to leave about 1/4 to 1/2 inch from the center point, not cut.
  8. Put a brad into one corner
  9. Feed all corners onto the brad
  10. And then thru the middle hole
  11. To assemble the Garland, I used twine and small clothespins that I found in the Office Supply department at Walmart, they were $1.88 for a box of 12. This picture also shows the brads that I found at Hobby Lobby, they were $3  for 100 and I used a 40% off coupon.
  12. Then I laid them out of the floor to make sure I liked the color combinations

The ideas for these Pinwheels is endless. I used my Pinwheel Garland on my Summer Mantle.

I had such a fun time creating this Garland. And for less then $5, I think it makes a BIG statement.

I’m linking to Weekend Wrap-up Party, Saturday Night SpecialTutorials & Tips Tuesday, Mingle Monday


  1. Leanne says:

    Hi Liz, Thanks for mentioning me. You are so sweet. I love your summer pinwheels. The colors are beautiful and I love the polka dots. Your Summer mantel is so fun too. Have a great day. BTW, I was born and raised until age 14 in Indiana and my hubby’s name is Doug too. How Fun!
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  2. Jerri says:

    Liz, your garland is adorable! I love all the colors you used!
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  3. Kristy says:

    Very cute! Great idea for a party!
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  4. mom2fur says:

    That is so cute! I think I’ll have to make up one to hang on the wall shelves behind my desk at work. I work for a pediatrician and like to make the office ‘fun.’ Wouldn’t the kids get a kick out of something like this?
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  5. What an adorable idea!!

  6. What a darling garland. I want to make some of those little pinwheels immediately.

  7. Becky K. says:

    This is adorable. I have tons of great paper. This will be a fun project to do with my 15 year old daughter.

    Becky K.
    Hospitality Lane

  8. Love the colors! What a fresh idea for summer.

  9. Jenn says:

    I think this would look super cute hanging in my daughters bedroom over her curtains! Love this!!! Found you on TidyMom, come see me if you get the chance!!
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  10. Allison says:

    This is A-DORABLE! Love it! Thanks for sharing!

    Found you from Home is Where My Story Begins.
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  11. This garland is too cute….so colorful..and I love that you included the instructions for making it….Thank you !!

  12. Amy says:

    Very fun and summer-y! Love it!

  13. Ashlee says:

    I love it! I’ve seen some great pinwheel crafts lately, I’m collecting them for a pinwheel party idea!

  14. Hey girl – this is too stinking cute! I shared a picture and your link on my Facebook page. I hope you don’t mind. Love the ideas – keep them coming!!!
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  15. Holly L says:

    This is sweet and adorable and modern at the same time. I love the fact is hardly cost anything and has such impact!
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  16. What a fabulous way to add a touch of summer fun to a room! Great idea.

  17. Layla says:

    Absolutely ADORABLE!
    Thanks for sharing it with us!

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  18. Daisy says:

    Just an adorable idea! I am having a garden wedding this June and will be making extra large pinwheels as well as the garland! Thanks for your idea!!!

  19. How adorable is this?? Great minds think alike…I’m right above you on Tatertots & Jello and submitted a garland idea, too. Love how yours turned out! Just lovely!
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  20. J&JHome says:

    This is too cute! I’ve always loved pinwheels.
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  21. Stacy says:

    What a wonderful springtime garland! This would be perfect for SO many fun occasions! So fun, I might have to put this on my {never-ending} crafty to-do list!
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  22. Haley Davis says:

    What a great idea!! To stinkin’ cute!
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  23. Super adorable! I might have to make this part of my Easter decor.

  24. kelly says:
  25. Just adorable. Love it! Will give this a try for our boy’s playroom!

  26. Those pinwheels are so whimsical and cute! I can picture them as a party decoration or in a kid’s room, especially in the fun color and pattern combinations you used. Thanks for sharing your crafty idea with us.
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  27. Adorable! Found you from Tatertots and Jello. Great tutorial and I love how you worked with what you had and the simplicity of it. The colors are adorable. We’ll be adding this to our house soon!

    I’m doing a giveaway on my blog on Monday for a girl’s tunic and matching one for an 18inch doll. Take a look if you are interested!

  28. Jill says:

    Fun! I’m featuring this over at I’m also having a Spring Mantel Party right now, come link up!
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  29. oh my goodness gracious, how totally adorable are those! I like using those tiny little clothespins too – it’s the perfect touch for your pinwheels! Such a great combination of cheerful colors. Fabulous :)
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  30. Mustangkayla says:

    Super cute and fun garland!

  31. Lei says:

    This is so cute!!!

  32. Brittany says:

    I love this! Thanks for sharing!

  33. L-O-V-E it! Those little clothespins are sooooo adorable. This would be great for a baby shower too!

  34. Super cute Liz!!!
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  35. Carlee says:

    What a cute idea! I just love pinwheels, brings back so many happy memories!! I found you at the weekend wrapup party, stop by if you get the chance!

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  36. Anne says:

    These are darling. I absolutely love them.
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  37. Crysta says:

    What an amazing idea! Perfect for spring/summertime and you make it look so easy, too! I’m so glad I found your blog! I would love for you to link up to me new Summer Lovin’ Saturday Party at
    I am also a new follower! :) Have a great weekend! :)
    Homemaker in Heels

  38. Holiday Snob says:

    Love this! Just made a pinwheel wreath… Stopping by from tt&j and pinned this on our pinterest!
    Holiday Snob recently posted..Pinwheel Wreath Kids Door Decor! for freeMy Profile

  39. Jennifer says:

    I love the pinwheels. These are a great way to use them, and I love the clothespins. I featured you today on my favorite things :)
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  40. cassie says:

    that is so cute! love the colors and what a fun spin (no pun intended- really!) on the garland!

  41. Kathy says:

    Super cute – I am planning to make one of these too with Red, white and blue for the 4th of July. Yours turned out great. Thanks for sharing.
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  42. I saw this on the CSI Top 10 pick and love everything about it! I couldn’t pin this idea fast enough and am so copying it for my girls’ room. It will match their pinwheel quilts perfectly! Thank you!
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  43. Really cute!

  44. So sweet! I can just picture this for a summer party.

  45. I know you made this last year, but I saw this on CSI and just fell in love. I made one, and am linking back to you on my blog tomorrow (Monday June 6th). Thanks for the inspiration

  46. I love how yours turned out! I don’t have a lot of time for crafty projects these days – but this looks super easy and achievable. Thanks for sharing! :)


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