Paper Pinwheels

A great step by step tutorial on how to create your own paper pinwheels.

How to make paper pinwheels

All it did was rain today here in Portland.  Rain, rain go away!

I have a million things I need to be doing – planning and preparing for an 80th birthday lunch for my mom this week, shopping for food for a 50 person family reunion which starts on Thursday for 5 days but did I do any of that today?  No!

Instead I decided to get crafty.  I think it was total avoidance behavior but it sure was fun.  I made a quick trip to Craft Warehouse to pick up some patriotic papers and then I created these….


Aren’t they fun – patriotic paper pinwheels.

They are super easy to make and  fun.  All you have to do is fold paper and glue.  I followed this tutorial for  paper pinwheels. I was inspired by the cute ones Ashley made for the cute baby shower she put on.

I used 12 x 12 scrapbook paper and cut it into strips of varying sizes – between 3 and 4 inches.  I used about 2 1/2 to 3 lengths for each size.  I just taped the strips together and folded them like an accordian.


Create a circle with it and then push it down and glue!


Use stars, circles or another smaller pleated pinwheel in the center to help hold it flat.  I also got out the glitter and had fun with it!



I’m not quite sure what I am going to do with them yet.  I may hang them from somewhere or maybe put them on sticks and put them in with some flowers.  Any other ideas?  Whatever I do with them I’m sure they will look great at our neighborhood barbecue on Sunday.


I’ll figure out something but aren’t they cute!?  So if you have nothing to do tomorrow (just like me) and it’s raining at your house get your craft on and make some fun 4th of July pinwheels.  I also picked up some fun papers to make a set for my mom’s birthday luncheon.  I am doing a vintage birthday luncheon for her and I can’t wait to share with you all the details.  It is coming together great and is going to be so pretty!!!

How to Make Paper Pinwheels

Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. says

    Those are VERY COOL!!! Are you as tired of the rain as we are?! We had a garage sale today and did ok, however we froze ! Rain and cold in July?! Mother nature is confused !
    Happy Independence Day !

  2. says

    CUTE! It has been raining here for the last 2 days. We have gotten 6 inches of rain. Hurricane Alex made landfall south of here. I ran errands in the first day of rain! NOT fun. I have to finish the mountain of ironing so I can start some sewing projects!


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