I love the delicate, feminine look of paper pinwheels. Our wedding reception was in a large white room, so pinwheels were the perfect way to fill the space without putting a large dent in our budget.
We were limited to the nails provided for hanging since our venue did not allow anything attached to the wall, but there are several gorgeous different ways pinwheels can be displayed!
You will need:
*Creates 1 Pinwheel*
3 sheets 12" Scrapbook paper (not cardstock)
Hot Glue Gun
1. Cut 2 sheets of paper in half so that you have (4) 6x12" strips. Then, cut an additional 6x6" strip from your third sheet. You will need this extra small piece to create a full circle.
2. Lay the first strip vertically patterned side down and beginning at the bottom, fold up a 1" piece. Flip the sheet over and create another fold the same size. repeat until you've created an accordion fan.
3. Create accordion folds with all 5 strips.
4. Attach the fans together into one long accordion. Paint Modge Podge on the end fold of one side and adhere the glue piece to the end of another fan. Make sure all pieces are patterned side up.
5. Create a circle from the one long piece by gluing the 2 ends together. The pattern should be facing outwards.
6. Carefully flatten the circle by gathering the bottom ends together and pressing down to fan out the rest. Be gentle and do not crush the paper.
7. Place a few drops of hot glue down into the center of the pinwheel where the ends meet. Hold the center together for several seconds to allow the glue to dry. Flip the pinwheel over, and add glue down the center of the other side. If you do not glue the center in the front and back, the pinwheel will collapse.
8. To hang the pinwheel with twine, punch a small hole on one of the folds at the top of the wheel and tie a piece of twine to it. I punched my holes but waited to add the twine at the time of hanging to determine the length needed.
To create mini pinwheels, follow steps 1-8 using 8.5x11" sheets of paper. :)
We loved these so much, they are now hanging in the guest room in my family's home! What event could you use pinwheels for?