Lisa Leonard Designs

how to make a pinwheel

June 8th | DIY

i made about 25 large pinwheels for our photo shoot the other evening. they are really easy. once i got going they took about 3 minutes each–not bad!

supplies…lots of fun paper {i used scrapbook paper that was already a large square}, large, fun brads, scissors, dowels or wooden skewers, wire or hot glue to attach to stick.

1. start with a square

2. fold in half diagonally

3. then fold diagonally again

4. snip off the very tip {just a tiny bit to create a hole in the center of the square}


6. cut just over half way up each fold

7. punch a hold on right side of each cut

8.gather four holes together and place a brad through all four

9. push brad through hole in center of square

10. fasten brad on reverse side

11. use two sheets of paper, back to back for double printed pinwheels

12. attach skewer or dowel to back of pinwheel with wire or glue gun

you’re done. so easy! these would make such a cute centerpiece for a summer party. or they would be sweet lining a pathway too!

30 Responses

  1. Brittany says:

    Ooh, I am so excited to try this!!!

  2. LOVE! perfect to do with the kids this summer! thank you for sharing.

  3. Julie says:

    Cute! I want to see the photos from that shoot!

  4. Nikki says:

    I am soooo in love with these!!

  5. Dawn says:

    these are gorgeous and so so sweet – and they look so easy! just one question: do they actually spin? can you give more specific tips on how you attach the brad to the dowel so that it actually spins?

    • Lisa Leonard says:

      hi dawn! i wrapped wire underneath the brad and then around the dowel. it wasn’t pretty or perfect but they did spin a bit in the wind. they don’t spin just by blowing on them and honestly, i hadn’t expected them to spin at all! but it was a breezy evening and they did spin a little.

  6. Awesome idea! I’m totally making some of those! I like the idea of using them for a fun summer centerpiece!

  7. How fun! And I absolutely LOVE your pinwheel “Play Every Day” necklace!!

  8. Such a fabulous idea! Thank you so much for sharing such a great idea, and so very artfully presented!

  9. Sarah says:

    Lisa~ love the pinwheels! I blogged about you today…I love your rain & shine necklace, and have been blogging for about one year…only friends of mine are “followers”, but I wanted to share your jewelry with them. Check out my blog if you get a chance. :) Sarah

  10. Southern Gal says:

    I’ll have to post pictures of the first birthday party of my granddaughter where pinwheels are part of the theme. Such cuteness. Thanks for the tutorial.

  11. Megan says:

    I read on another site that to make them functional you can put in a grommet and then the brad/pin into the stick. It also suggested chopsticks as an alternative stick. So cute!! I’m going to try to make a few of these tomorrow for my photo shoot on Saturday.

  12. Fun to make…
    Love family photos with pinwheels!

  13. Patty H says:

    These are adorable! I’m totally going to have to make these for the next birthday party :)

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    Did you thick cardstock scrapbooking paper or the thinner version?

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