Spring Flower Pinwheel Craft



April Showers bring May Flowers
By Ellen Luckett Baker

School is ending and the long days of summer will soon be upon us. So it’s time for craft projects to keep those restless kiddos entertained.
These simple pinwheels can be made for decorations, party favors, or just for fun. We made ours with colored card stock, but you might try cereal boxes, or you could use plain paper and let the kids draw or paint a design. You could put them on skewers and decorate a cake with them, plant them in your garden, or make a garland of pinwheels. You could use sticks from your yard instead of the dowel rods for a natural look. And you could draw faces on the circle to make flower people.
-Card stock
-Jumbo paper clips
-Pliers (helpful, but not necessary)
-Dowel rods, approximately 12″ long
1. Gather your supplies.
2. Cut card stock according to template: Download file
3. Fold down corners along one side of each flower petal.
4. Unbend a paper clip and slip a bead on it. Bend at the end to secure the bead.
5. Assemble the pinwheel with the circle next, then the pinwheel flower, and finally another bead.
6. Wrap the end of the paper clip tightly around the top of the dowel rod, making sure to bend in sharp points.
Spin and enjoy!


About the author

Ellen Luckett Baker
Ellen Luckett Baker is the author of the long thread, a blog about handmade goods. She has always enjoyed making things, but the flexibility of staying at home with her two daughters along with the creative inspiration they provide has led her to craft on a daily basis. Combining her love of graphic design and sewing, she has created an Etsy shop selling machine embroidery designs and sewing patterns.

Ellen lives in Atlanta with her husband and two young daughters. She holds a B.A. in Art History and a Master's of Public Administration with a focus in Non-Profit Management.

Ellen recently wrote 1, 2, 3 Sew: Build Your Skills with 33 Simple Sewing Projects her crafting book. She is crazy talented!

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6 Responses to “Spring Flower Pinwheel Craft”

  1. Laura May 21 at 11:48 am Reply Reply

    These are really cute – I think we will try them out today. THANKS!

  2. Clemencia May 22 at 4:04 pm Reply Reply

    this is pretty neat, thanks so much :)

  3. Emily Korff Jun 12 at 6:09 pm Reply Reply

    What a wonderful idea!

  4. bea Jul 17 at 1:04 am Reply Reply

    cool and awesome

  5. Kenna Jul 07 at 4:10 pm Reply Reply

    I love it!!! I babysit my brother in the summer and I am definitely going to do this!!!!

  6. robin j Aug 09 at 6:14 am Reply Reply

    These are really cute but A LOT harder than the directions make it sound. They keep drooping in front and look funny.

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