Patriotic Pinwheels

How to Make Patriotic Pinwheels

How to Make Patriotic Pinwheels

Create the perfect party element for your holiday gathering!

An ideal and fun craft to get your kids excited for the Fourth of July! This craft makes a great photo prop, bring them along with to a local parade and get-togethers this summer. Start by selecting patriotic card stock, paper or stickers. Use red, white, blue, and glitter to give your pinwheels variety. Get creative with this simple, summertime craft project you can make with household materials.

Below is the list of all the materials you can find on our site! 
*Items listed may vary from the project.

Skill level: Easy

Material Suggestions! 

Glitter Cardstock
Solid Cardstock
Americana Cardstock
Thumb Tacks:
Sewing Pins
Hot Glue
Glue Stick

Step One: Cut your paper down to 6x6 squares. I selected glitter and solid card stock color(s) that I'll be gluing back-to-back—effectively creating a solid color side and a glitter side. Once you glue them together, set a few books on top while they dry. When you pull them up, check the sides and cut off any extra white that may not have lined up. 

Use a ruler and draw a line from corner to corner, use a pencil to create the "X" onto the paper lightly. Poke the holes and cut the paper according to the paper below. The dots are where you'll need to poke the holes, and the "cut here" lines are where you'll need to cut.  

You can use a thumbtack or a sewing pin would work as well. With caution, go ahead and poke the holes (use paper for backing if needed.) Make cuts towards the center keeping all four cuts equal in length. 

Step Two: Use needle nose pliers to bend the pin. Ensure that you have enough space to fit the paper, the bead, and the skewer. Poke the pin through a hole in one of the corners. Then poke it through the second, third, and fourth corners. 

Step Three: Now we'll create the spin portion. Slide a bead onto the pin: Use the thumbtack to poke a hole through the skewer about 1/4" from the end. More than likely the wood will split the skewer, which is okay as long as there's an opening for the pin to go through. Poke the pin through the hole in the skewer. Then rotate the pin so that it's laying flat against the skewer. 

Step Four:
 Gluing the pinwheel together. Use hot glue to cover the top part of the pin and fill in the crack where the skewer has split. Caution: Use your thumb to hold the bottom part of the pin, the glue will be hot! Be sure to completely cover the pin and apply a generous amount of hot glue on the sharp part of the pin. You'll want the pin to be completely secure so it won't pop off.

Step Five: Have fun with your pinwheel! By applying a generous amount of hot glue the pinwheels will become secure. These patriotic pinwheels are great to give out at a party, barbecue, parade or craft time with the kiddos! 

Enjoy your Patriotic Pinwheel! 

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