Make Your Own Pencil Pinwheels: Craft for Kids

Jul 16, 2014

Pinwheels are such a great classic craft. Colourful, super simple and sure to bring joy!

To create you will need:

  • paper or card stock
  • scissors
  • pencil with eraser
  • push pin

To begin cut out a  7" x 7"  square from paper or card stock.
Next, using the ruler and a pencil, lightly draw a straight line connecting each diagonal corner, the result should be a large "X" dividing the paper into four small equal triangles. Now, starting at one corner, cut along the pencil line toward the center (where the two diagonal lines cross) stopping roughly 1/2" from the center point.

To form the pinwheel, start with a corner point and gently pull it down toward the center point of the pinwheel, be careful not to crease the paper. While holding a finger on the center to keep each piece in place, do the same with alternating corners until all four tips have been pulled toward the center of the pinwheel.

Insert a push pin at the center. The push pin should hold all four ends together. Wiggle the push pin around to make the hole a bit larger. Push the pin onto a pencil's eraser. Don't push on too tight to allow the pinwheel to spin more freely.

Finally, try blowing at the edges of the pinwheel to make it spin. Loosen the pin a bit if the blades do not rotate well.

Take your fabulous new toy into a breeze and watch it twirl away!

Article Author Shanti Nordholt-McPhee
Shanti Nordholt-McPhee

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Shanti Nordholt-McPhee is one half of the blog Twig and Toadstool. The blog is primarily a natural based craft blog that she created with the help of her friend Maureen. They create beautiful crafts made out of natural and beautiful materials, things that are inspired by Mother Nature, embellished with glitter, whimsy and imagination! Shanti is a mother of two beautiful girls, ages eight and eleven, and she feels fortunate enough to live in a part of Eastern Ontario where she is surrounded by the beauty of the natural world and part of a community of parents who encourage creativity and JOY!

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