Paper Pinwheels

Colorful paper pinwheels whirl with just the slightest breeze (or puff!). They are fun to play with indoors or out, and even more fun to make! Create a DIY pinwheel, or two, for fun or to add a little flair to your next family gathering. If it's a birthday, match your paper pinwheel to the party decor. If you have a Memorial Day barbecue, try red, white, and blue for your DIY pinwheel.

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Gather the materials for your paper pinwheels.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Cut your paper into a 6-by-6-inch (15.2-by-15.2 cm) squares. Then, using markers, decorate your paper with shapes, flowers, letters, rainbows... the sky is the limit!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    When you are done decorating your paper, use scissors to make a small cut at every corner. Make the cut about 3 inches long toward the center of the paper.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    If you want to reinforce the strength of the paper, cut a small circle out of the scraps and poke a pin into the center of it.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    Beginning at one corner and alternating at every corner, bend the paper up and carefully poke the pin through underside. (You may need grownup help with this.)

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Step 6

    When four corners are tucked in the pin, poke the end of the pin through the center of the pinwheel and into the eraser of a pencil.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

  • Done!

    Now run with it! And jump with it! And swing it from side to side! Or watch the smallest breeze of air turn it swiftly and easily. Isn't it beautiful!?

    Photo reference of how to complete step 7

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