Instructions on Making a Pinwheel

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Things You'll Need

  • Cardstock paper or flexible plastic
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Straight pin or push pin
  • Pencil or drinking straw

Children love blowing on pinwheels to get them to spin, or running around outdoors on a breezy day to cause the wheel to spin. Pinwheels also make cute decorations for flower pots or a garden. Any breeze will cause the pinwheel to rotate gently in the wind. Making a simple pinwheel is a straightforward project that both children and adults can do. Modify the design depending on how long you want the wheel to last and how sturdy the pinwheel needs to be.

Draw a 6- to 8-inch square with a pencil. Use a ruler to keep the lines straight. Draw on the square in an “X” shape, coming in from the corners of the square. Stop the lines of the X about 1 inch from the center of the square.

Cut out the square and the X lines. Decorate the paper as desired. Allow any decorations to dry before moving on to the next step.

Bend the top left corner of the square into the center. Skip the next corner and bend the next corner into the middle. Repeat the process moving in a clockwise direction until every other corner is bent into the middle of the pinwheel.

Stick a pushpin or straight pin through the paper in the middle of the pinwheel. Stick the pin into a pencil eraser or drinking straw. Blow on the paper to make the pinwheel turn.