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Pinwheel How-To Insructions

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Pinwheels are fun and entertaining for children of all ages.

When a craft is this easy you can make them for any party theme, every holiday and, of course, just for fun.

Use pinwheels as place settings for a casual meal or theme party.

When you are planning a party choose coordinating color paper to match the theme. Add glitter, stickers, ribbons, or any other decorations to "glam" up the pinwheels.

Pinwheel Supplies and Instructions

A few basic supplies are all you need to make a pinwheel.

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    • Scissor
    • pencil
    • eraser
    • paper fasteners or brads
    • glue dots
    • ruler
    • cardstock or construction paper
    • hole-punch

    Scrapbook paper is versatile and colorful and the smaller scrapbook papers do not have to be cut.

    As a craft project with kids you can use construction paper. The kids can create their own designs on the paper before you cut the squares to the desired size.

    If you are making pinwheels for a theme party choose the colors you will need and download our template to cut out the squares.

    Fold, Cut and Create A Pinwheel

    1. Fold the paper in half to make a triangle
    2. Open the triangle and fold in the opposite direction to make another triangle (fig.1)
    3. Cut along the fold only halfway to the center (fig. 2)
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    5. Open the triangle and fold over the opposite direction and cut on the fold only halway to the center
    6. Place glue dots on every other point (this will hold the points in place as you work)
    7. Fold over every other point toward the center to stick onto the glue dots.
    8. Prepare the eraser by pushing the fastener ends into the eraser, then remove the fastener
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    10. Next place the paper fastener or brad in the center of the pinwheel where the points meet
    11. Put the fastener ends into the prepared eraser then fold over the ends of the fastener around the eraser

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