We’ve made DIY pinwheels for a few summers in a row now. They are an easy summer craft to make with children. Big pinwheels, like one Sola is holding above, make cute summer decorations, while smaller pinwheels are fun for kids to run around with.
To make a pinwheel, you will need:
- Dowel 3/8″ thick, 12″-18″ long
- Cardstock 8 1/2″ x 11″ (or bigger if you want a decorate pinwheel)
- Pushpin, large (with about a 1 cm head)
- Washi Tape (optional)
- Cut or tear your paper into a 8 1/2″ square (or bigger if you are making decorative pinwheels).
- Decorate your paper with washi tape, markers, or pencils, if desired
- Fold the paper in half, diagonally, in both directions.
- Cut each of the fold lines about 3/4 of the way to the center of the pinwheel.
- Bring every other “tip” of the pinwheel to the center, overlapping each other (I found it best to use a little glue tape to keep the tips in place, but we have also done it without glue tape before)
- Push your pushpin through the tips of the pin wheel, being sure that the pushpin isn’t too close to the edge of any of the tips
- Press the push pin into your piece of doweling (I found it best to gently hammer the pushpin in with a mallet once I had a small hole started)
Here is a video of Sola spinning in circles, until she almost threw up, with her pinwheel. To make a really fast pinwheel, use undecorated stiff cardstock and put it on a longer doweling.