Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Making Pinwheels . . .

                                

The first step is to start with a simple square. 
       Any size you decide . . . .
Fold your square corner to corner, then unfold . . . 

 Make a pencil mark about 1/3 of the way from center.

Cut along fold lines. Stop at your pencil mark.

Bring every other point into the center and stick a pin through all four points.




       The head of the pin forms the hub of the pinwheel.

Now here is the secret . . . . 

Turn your pinwheel over - make sure the pin pokes through in the exact center of the pinwheel.  You must use a long straight pin for this not a push pin!  

Roll the pin around in little circles to enlarge the hole a little. This guarantees your pinwheel will spin freely

Stick the pin into a thin dowel.

Hint: Separate your pinwheel from the dowel with two or three beads. Stick the pin through the beads first, then - into the dowel.    So for your next party or event try making these using any of the amazing craft papers out there!  Take this project for a spin!


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