How to make felt pinwheels

These colourful pinwheels will look great on a windowsill or out in the garden (weather permitting!) when spring rolls around.

easter pinwheels

You will need (for one pinwheel)

  • Two sheets of felt in different colours
  • Pinking shears
  • Strong glue
  • Wooden dowel
  • One button
  • Ribbons

Each pinwheel should take around 45 minutes to make.

How to make

  1. Cut two square templates from paper - one measuring 12x12cm and the other 10x10cm.
  2. Cut one large and one smaller square of felt using the templates. Use pinking shears on the smaller square to get zigzag edges.
  3. On the large square, place a ruler diagonally from corner to corner and mark a point 5cm inwards from each corner. Repeat for the other two corners and cut down to the marked points.
  4. Repeat step 3 for the smaller square, but this time measure 4cm from each corner and use pinking shears to make the cut.
  5. Place the smaller square centrally on top of the bigger square, so an equal amount of the bigger square can be seen around each edge. 
  6. Put a blob of glue in the centre and fold down the corners of both squares, sticking them in place.
  7. Glue a button to the centre of the pinwheel.
  8. Cut a small piece of felt (about three centimetres by two centimetres) in the same colour as the inside pinwheel.
  9. Cut three lengths of ribbon about half the length of your dowel.
  10. Place a blob of glue on the back of the pinwheel and stick the dowel and the ribbons to it. Stick the small piece of felt over the top to conceal the ends.




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