Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Patriotic Pinwheels

Almost all kids (and adults too) love pinwheels!  It's fun to blow on them and watch them twirl or let the wind take them spinning.  Today we've got patriotic pinwheels.  They're great for entertaining the kids at your Memorial Day party or while waiting for the parade to start!
To make your own pinwheels you'll need:

  • Red, white, and blue paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue and other things to decorate with such as glitter and markers
  • A hole punch
  • A Pencil with an eraser
  • A thumb tac/push pin
 1)  Start by making two of your pieces of paper square.  Fold one corner of paper over to the edge and cut off the excess rectangle.

2)  Unfold the square and fold it the other direction into another triangle so that the square has been folded into 4 triangles.
 3)  Using your third piece of paper cut out stripes and stars (or any other shapes) and decorate one side of each square.  Use glitter and markers too if you want!
This is what my girls' squares looked like when they were done decorating them.
4)  Once your decorating is dry, put the un-decorated sides of the squares together and cut along each fold about half-way to the middle.
5)  Punch a hole in each corner of your squares making sure to punch through the squares together.  Also punch a hole in the center of the squares.
6)  Fold the corners with the holes toward the middle overlapping the holes with the center hole.  Try not to overly crease your paper.

7)  Decorate your pencil by wrapping paper around it.

8)  Use the thumb tac/push pin to attach the pinwheel to a pencil eraser going through the holes.
9)  Enjoy your pinwheels!

Quick confession:  My pinwheels with my girls didn't actually turn out!  I know that this method does work however, because I've made them before.  You see, I was trying to be cute and used a star hole punch instead of a round hole punch.  Yeah, the pinwheels didn't turn because they kept getting stuck on the star corners!  

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