Pinwheel fun!

How to make pinwheels

If your house is anything like mine, you’re tired of hearing, “what can I do?” on these long summer days. I like to keep several projects on hand so I’m ready to go with suggestions.

Making pinwheels

One of my favorite projects is making pinwheels. We’ve made these enough times by now that my kids don’t even need me around anymore. I get everything out that they’ll need, and they do the rest.

How to make a paper pinwheel

To get started, gather some paper straws, 4 x 4 square double-sided paper, brads, a hole punch, and scissors.

Starting at each corner, cut toward the center of the square diagonally, about 3/4 of the way to the middle. Punch a hole in the middle of the square. Punch a hole in the right corner of each angle. One at a time, grab a corner and put the brad through each hole. After you’ve gathered all the corners, thread brad into the center hole. Using the paper straw, push the brad into the straw and secure. I use a safety pin to make a small guide hole first before pushing the brad through.

These pinwheels are more decorative, and most won’t spin. If you use a large brad, you’ll be able to move them around manually. Put these in potted plants around the backyard for when they play tag. These are a great way to identify “safe” spots around their play space.

A super easy craft to keep on hand for long summer days.

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