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How to make a pinwheel

There's nothing that says springtime more than a pinwheel spinning in the wind... apart from maybe the unpredictable British weather. Here, Hobbycraft show us how to make pinwheels - pop them in the garden at the first glimpse of sunshine!

This example uses plain card, but patterned paper will also work if you want to give your pinwheel a bit of character.



You will need:

  • Coloured card or patterned paper of your choice
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Split pin or paper fasteners
  • Straws (use wooden dowling if you're making a bigger pinwheel)

Allow 20 minutes to make one pinwheel

How to make

  1. Take a piece of paper. If it's not square, you'll need to cut it into a square. Ensure all sides are equal - or your pinwheel will be wonky!
  2. Fold the square in half diagonally both ways.
  3. Working along the folds from the centre outwards, measure approximately one third of the way up along the line and make a mark.
  4. Cut from each corner down to the mark.
  5. Make a hole in every other corner and fold the corners with holes into centre.
  6. Secure with a split pin, then push the pin through the straw to attach the wheel to the stem.



Last updated: over 3 years ago