Fourth of July Pinwheels

Making Pinwheels is pretty easy and who doesn’t like a good pinwheel?  I included a few in my tissue pom decoration.  I did use my Silhouette to make the template but if you don’t have one all you need to do is cut an 8″ x 8″  square and cut up 4 1/2 inches on each corner.  I love the Silhouette template as it also puts a hole in the corners and in the middle.  You could use a small punch or just push your pin through.  If you just push the pin through, make sure the hole is big enough so the pinwheel can move.  The hole is to the right of every cut (or the left – your preference).   Once you have your template completed take a tack and push it through the middle.  Next start pulling the holes to the center and use a brad to connect them together.   To connect it to the stick I first soak them so they don’t split when the tack goes in.  You don’t need to soak them very long.  I take a small nail and make a hold for the tack to go into.  Put a little hot glue over the hole and push the tack in.  If you don’t care that it’s functional you can stop here but if you want it to spin you need to add a bead between the pinwheel and the stick.  I glued the bead to the stick for a little more support but don’t glue it to the pinwheel.You could add ribbon to the stick, paint them or leave them just the way they are.  Once Wed ( has a good tutorial as well but they don’t put a bead on the back.  I tried it their way and couldn’t get mine to spin very well.  These would be a great decoration for any celebration. 

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