Today we have another How To-sday from our design team member Candace Zentner. Today she is showing us a how to on making pinwheels. I kind of love pinwheels but have always been scared to make them myself. I am so excited about this How To from Candace today.

Hey Everyone! Candace here from Scrappin’ 2 Little Princesses! So glad you have stopped by for another How Tos-Day! I have a home décor project to share with you today. Last month, I was lucky enough to have received the Everyday Moments Collection from Teresa Collins. With that collection, I made a pretty little photo display that has been sitting on a small cabinet in my kitchen since and every time I look at it, I fall more in love with the color combination. I have decided to redecorate my kitchen and living room based on the color pallet in the Everyday Moments Collection! I decided to use an old vase I had in a closet and fill it with pinwheels made from scrapbook paper.

Here is what you will need to make your own pinwheels…

  • Pattern Cardstock (2-sided is the best)
  • Buttons for pinwheel centers
  • Wooden dowels (I purchased one long piece from the hardware store and cut it into varied lengths)
  • Glue gun
  • Paper trimmer

To start off, cut square pieces of cardstock (My largest pinwheel was a 8”x8” piece, and smallest was a 4”x4” piece) and mark the center of the cardstock with a small dot. I find the easiest way to do this is to use the two rulers on my paper trimmer.

Next, cut from the corners of the square towards the center, stopping about an inch before you hit the center. I line the corners of my square up with the track of my paper cutter, cut down from the top corner towards the center, then WITHOUT moving my cardstock, move my blade to the bottom corner and start cutting upwards towards the center.

When you are done cutting, you should have four cuts in your square.

Add a dab of hot glue to the center of the pin wheel and gently bend corners in to stick to the glue.

Once the corners are glued into the center, add a button or embellishment of choice to the center of the pinwheel to cover up the glue.

Add a fairly large spot of glue to the center of the back of the pinwheel and adhere the end of a wooden dowel. You may have to hold it there for a minute or two until the glue is completely dry.

Arrange pinwheels in a vase, mason jar or glass cup and you have yourself a great décor piece for your home! The great part is, once you get tired of looking at them you don’t have to feel guilty about getting rid of them since they are so cheap and easy to make! AND you can use any of your holiday themed paper to make seasonal decorations as well!

I hope you loved my project today! Thanks again for stopping by!

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Thanks Candace! I love how easy it would be to change out some decor for the season with these easy pinwheels!

Come back tomorrow for the next installment of our Aquamarine Mid Week Mojo and our scrapbookSTEALS American Crafts Steal Crazy!