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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Pinwheel Fun!

Here are EASY instructions to create your own unique Pinwheels!! Perfect for Birthdays, Weddings, or any Gathering!!!!

What You'll Need:
*Several Sheets of 12"x12" Double sided scrapbook paper (Not too stiff)
(If you can't find patterns or colors you like you can always take 2 of the thinner scrapbook paper and glue(use scrapbook glue stick)backsides together so images show on both sides)
*Round-headed Pins or Small Nails with a head on them(so you can glue an embellishment)
*12" wooden Dowels (you can find dowels either at a harware store and cut to size, or use dowels for stacking cakes)
*Hot glue gun and glue sticks
*A thumb tack
*Optional(Flower shaped craft punch) or (scrapbook flowers)
*A pair of scissors
*A ruler
*Embelishments (Buttons, Rhinestones, Beads, etc.)

1. (for Smaller pinwheels) Measure and cut several 6" squares out of your paper
* For larger pinwheels use whole 12" sheet
2. Find the center of your square adn mark lightly with pencil
3. Use ruler to to draw and "X" lightly with your pencil  diagonally from each corner of the paper making sure your center mark lines up!
4. Measure from center of "X" 1" on all four lines and put a "tick" mark
5. Cut along diagonal lines from all four corners stopping at your 1" tick mark
6.Use your thumb tack to punch a hole in the center of the "X"
7. Use thumb tack to make a hole in the right hand corner of each side of the square, just left of your cut and set paper aside.
8. Make a pilot hole with your thumb tack  about 1/2" down from the end of the dowel.
9. using your nail or round headed pin,stick your flower cut out or petals if desired in the center. One by one bring each of the four pin-holed corners to the center and pin through each of the four holes.
10. Put the pin through the center of the square
11. Add a drop of hot glue if using a round-headed pin and put a dab in the hole in the dowel and quickly insert the pin that runs through the pinwheel center. (Do Not Let The Pinwheel Paper Touch The Hot Glue)
12. If using a nail, find your pilot hole on your dowel and carefully hammer the nail into the dowel until it is secure (size of dowel depends on how deep you can go) Make sure Pinwheel can spin freely!
13. If used a nail with a head on it, you can add your embelishments with a small amount of hot glue to the tip of the nail!

These pinwheels are easy and fun to make!

You can also Paint Dowel or Wrap Dowel in Ribbon(starting just below pilot hole) before you attatch Pinwheel!

 Small 6" Pinwheel (The large pinwheel I used 2 thin pieces of paper and glued together)
 Large 12" Pinwheel

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