Skype & Craft: How to Make Paper Pinwheels

How to Make paper pinwheels

My sister and I finally had a little Skype & Craft session today. We had the greatest time making these cute paper pinwheels. They turned out so cute, and were a super quick craft. Of course I am always slow at these crafts because I am laughing and chatting with my sister at the same time. I love it though. It’s great quality sister time. Even if it has to be over Skype, but how wonderful that we have that technology right??? I decided to make mine a patriotic theme of colors since they go great with my living room. Also I think they are a great all around summer decor. You could do whatever you are feeling though or whatever matches your other decor.

You will need:

6×6 size scrapbook paper: I did 6 pinwheels total, so get as many as many pinwheels you want to make



hot glue gun

wooden dowels

hole punch

a cute jar or bucket to put your pinwheels in


1st step: If your paper is not a 6 x 6 or a 5 x 5 you will need to measure it out and cut it to this size. I did a few of mine 5 x5 and a few 6×6 to give a little variety.


2nd step: Fold the square into a triangle ( in half), unfold it then fold it into a triangle the other direction.


3rd step: On each of the folded lines cut half way to the middle with your scissors.


4th step: On each left corner of your cut flaps take your hole punch and punch a hole in it. You will have every other flap hole punched.


5th step: Take your brad and punch a hole in the middle of the paper. Turn the paper to the white side facing you. Take each corner that is hole punched and fold it to the middle. Take your brad and attach each of those corners to the middle of the paper.


6th step: Attach your wooden dowel to the pinwheel with hot glue. I cut half of my dowels shorter once they were glued to the pinwheel to give more variety.




Place your finished pinwheels in a cute bucket or jar to display and enjoy!






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  • nicolebang

    This is a cute way to make pinwheels for the 4th of July! Thanks for linking up at the #HomeMattersParty this week.

  • I love pinwheels! Very cute! 🙂 Lisa

  • Crochet Hooks

    so cute! now I want to make a bajillion pinwheels and decorate the neighborhood!

  • These are great! What a fun project, Charlene. Thanks for linking up at Celebrate the USA Party. Pinned and Tweeted.

  • Love these! Pinning to share. We’d love if you’d share them at the Celebrate USA Linkup going on thru the end of the week!
    We love having you share with us on Snickerdoodle Sunday! Have a great week!

    • CBAsay

      I linked up. Thanks for sharing with me about the party!

  • My neighbor across the fairway lines his back yard line with these every year. I should reciprocate by putting up flag ones this year. Do they keep the bees off the deck? . Thanks for sharing at #ThursdayFavoriteThings!

  • Absolutely adorable!

    Thanks for linking up with Welcome Home Wednesdays! Live every Wednesday at 7AM EST.

    liz @ j for joiner

  • Raising Samuels

    Thanks for sharing this great project with #SocialButterflySunday, Charlene! You are one of the Featured Posts this week! Hope to see you link up again this week 🙂

  • I love these! My kids would love putting them in our garden. 🙂

  • butfirstcoffeemom

    So Cute!! :)Thanks for hosing family Joy Blog Link Up!!

  • Mother of 3

    So cute! What a great idea to do Skype crafts with your sister. I love that idea. Your tutorial is perfect and I think I now have my afternoon craft with my boys all planned out!

  • sue

    these look great and I’m sure the children would love them as well. Thanks for sharing your idea with us at Over the Moon.

  • These are so fun to make. Pinned and Tweeted. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday, Charlene.

  • Raising Samuels

    How cute! Love the Patriotic theme! Thanks for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week 🙂

  • Love this! My son likes pinwheels, and now we can make our own. Thanks!

  • Colleen C

    Cannot wait to create a couple of these for my daughter! She loves pinwheels! xoxo

  • Valerie Hansen

    Wow those are so darling, thanks for sharing! I totally love paper crafts, although not much time for them lately with blogging! I wish you a very fun 4th weekend!

  • I love making pinwheels—I used to do it with classes when I was an art teacher. They’re perfect decor for the 4th!

  • Oh my gosh that is so simple! What a cute idea thanks for sharing! I’ll have to do this next year with my son!

  • Kate Hamernik

    great tutorial! thank you!

  • Cute pin wheels! I need to learn to make these, I could use them in place of flowers sometimes.

  • Creative and interesting post.

    • CBAsay

      Thanks for stopping by. I hope you can visit again.

  • I used to make these with my students back when I was an art teacher! They are sort of the epitome of the perfect summer craft 🙂 So cute how you grouped them together!

    • CBAsay

      Thanks for stopping by. I really liked making these. It was as simple and cheap way to decorate for the 4th.

  • Thank you for sharing, i will be bookmarking this so i could do it for my next gathering. .thanks for sharing

    • CBAsay

      I hope you enjoy making them. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Aww these are so cute and look fairly simple to make. I know my daughter would love playing with these!

    • CBAsay

      They are super easy to make. I hope you daughter loves them!

  • These are cute Charlene. I love doing crafts. I don’t get to do them often. This gives me an awesome idea for the next baby shower in my family. I am usually in charge of those. 🙂 Thanks for sharing and for stopping by blog. xx

    • CBAsay

      I am so glad you were able to stop by. Thats a great idea to use them for baby shower decor. Hope you can visit my site again. Have a wonderful weekend.

  • These are SO cute! I can see us making these and putting them along our front walk for parties. 🙂

    • CBAsay

      What a great idea! Great for a 4th of July party. Thanks for stopping by. Hope you can again. Enjoy your weekend.

  • This would be such a cute decoration around the house!

    • CBAsay

      Thats what I made them for. My living room is decorated in red and blue. So they went great with it. Thanks for stopping by and hope you can again.

  • Love this!! Perfect for summer decor and parties! I love this post! Thank you for sharing! Have a wonderful weekend!! xx

  • How fun! I’m going to make these with my kids this weekend.

    • CBAsay

      I hope your kids enjoy making them. Have a wonderful weekend. Thanks for stopping by.