How to Make Wedding Pinwheels
Pinwheels are so versatile for weddings, and ridiculously easy to make. You can use them as buttonholes, table decorations, make giant ones for Flowergirls, and even line your aisle with them. Once you know how to make a basic pinwheels, you can make a fancier one with more spokes, multi layered ones, and even flashing ones!
1. Start with a square
You can use any size of paper you want, ickle for buttonholes, mahoosive for giant spinners. The example in my photos is 6 inches (about 15cm) which makes a nice size for aisle pinwheels or table decorations. You can use any colour that ties in with your theme. Double-sided scrapbooking paper works well because it has a design on both sides. You can also use double sided origami paper.
2. Mark the diagonal lines for your Pin Wheel.
Using a ruler, draw a line from corner to corner. Repeat for the other corners, to form an X. You can also fold the paper corner-to-corner twice to make an X if you can’t find a ruler.
3. Cut part way along each diagonal, stopping before the middle.
Cut along your lines, stopping ½ to 1 inch (1.25 to 2.5 cm) from the middle. Do not cut all the way to the center, or your pinwheel will fall apart. If you have loads to make and have a careful hand, you can cut multiple pieces of paper at once. Cutting several pin wheels at a time is even easier if you have a scalpel and cutting board.
4. Bring every other point into the middle and stick a dressmakers pin through all four points.
Make sure that the corners all overlap in the middle Do not crease the paper. You want to keep those sexy curves.The head of the pin forms the hub of the pinwheel. You can use round ones like I have in my example, or fancier ones like hearts or leaves.
5. Add some beads to the pin.
Depending on the size you’re making, you’ll need 1 to 3 beads. Make sure that they are all the same size and shape. These beads will help lift the pinwheel away from the dowel and allow it to spin.
6. Make a hole in the dowel.
Use a drawing pin to make a hole, about ½ inch (1.27 centimeters) down from the end. You may want to go lower for larger pinwheels. Press the drawing pin into the dowel until it sticks, then pull it back out. Soaking the dowel in warm water for a few minutes first; this will help prevent it from breaking.
7. Fix the pin wheel on the dowel.
Try and feed the dressmakers pin all the way through the dowel. If you can’t, you may have to switch to a smaller pin, or use a drawing pin instead. Give the pinwheel a test spin, then pull the pin out further, if needed. If part of the pushpin is sticking out of the back of the dowel, you will need to fold it down with a pair of pliers and cover it with some washi tape.
8. Add the finishing touches.
You can use ribbon to wrap the handle for special pinwheels for Flowergirls. If you’re making lots however, washi tape will work out cheaper, and be quicker to use. You can add thin ribbon streamers for some extra swish. If you’re making teeny versions for buttonholes or place settings, you could use funky paper straws rather than dowels, and you can skip the wrapping step.
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