DIY: Paper Pinwheel Art

2.29.2012

One reason I love paper crafts is that they're easy on the wallet. I made this paper pinwheel art a couple Christmases ago when I was trying to save money on holiday decorations.  Come December 26th, I had a hard time taking it down, so it's been there ever since. (In my house, it's quite a feat for any object to stick around a whole year in the same spot.)

Last month a reader emailed to ask where she could get one. So here's a little "craft and tell". If you need a craft for a girls' night, this would be great project. It's cheap, perfect to do while chatting, and not intimidating to the anti-crafter. (You know we all have those friends.) Only a few supplies are needed: paper, a hot glue gun, and scissors. A paper cutter and some punches would be nice if you have them.
 
 What to do with them you ask? 
Glue them to a hurricane.
Attach them to a $2 frame from Wal Mart and hang on your wall.
Hot glue to ribbon and make a streamer.
(Please excuse my dirty windows. Funny how I didn't notice them until now-ha!)
Check out these awesome pics of pinwheels used elsewhere...
      
         

      
What else have you seen pinwheels used for?



http://www.houseofhepworths.com/
http://shabbynest.blogspot.com/
http://www.itsybitsypaperblog.com/
http://diyshowoff.com/
http://www.bystephanielynn.com/
http://tatertotsandjello.com/
 http://www.bedifferentactnormal.com/
http://whitelightsonwednesday.blogspot.com/
http://www.craftskeepmesane.blogspot.com/
http://www.thegirlcreative.com/
http://diybydesign.blogspot.com/
http://www.sugarbeecrafts.com/
http://www.notjustahousewife.net/
http://atozebracelebrations.blogspot.com/
http://www.mommybydaycrafterbynight.com/
http://www.myuncommonsliceofsuburbia.com/
http://www.bluecricketdesign.net/
http://www.sew-much-ado.com/
http://tatertotsandjello.com/
http://thetablescaper.blogspot.com/

58 comments:

  1. So cute! And a great tutorial. You've given the confidence to try it out!

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  2. So pretty!! I've always had a hard time making pinwheels and never thought to use hot glue. Thanks for the tip! : )

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  3. I'm in love! How easy this looks and soo soo pretty!!! I love how you can change the mood by the color of the pinwheel! Great DIY! Thank you! *Bookmarked*

    Lemanie's Randomness Blog

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  4. LOVE that gorgeous console table beneath pinwheel art! The paper you used is beautiful, I can see why it has a home there. Thank you for the easy tutorial....fun!

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  5. how is it that every stinkin thing you do is darling! I LOVE your project & your crisp pics! yum! xo

    i have a feeling some paper folding is in my future!

    www.NorthernCottage.net

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  6. These are beautiful! What a fun group project, too! Yours are great!

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  7. I was just get ready to make a pinwheel banner for my corner cabinet! Great minds think alike!

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  8. P.S. I meant to type getting! :)

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  9. Love, love, love this post. So beautiful. Will try these very soon. You might like my DIY jotter post if you like paper crafting.

    It's only my blog here.

    Beautiful blog! Keep it up!!!

    -Kelly
    DipDaDip
    Design In Progress

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  10. Thanks ladies! I realized after I posted this that the green pinwheels look a little like shamrocks. Guess I should've posted this in a few days-opps!

    You really don't know how much your comments keep me encouraged:)

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  11. They look great. I just made some for my friend's shabby chic baby shower in a few weeks. I love how you layered yours and hope to do something similar. Thank you for the tutorial and inspiration. ~Megan

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  12. Absolutely lovely...and a great tutorial too! I am pinning it.

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  13. Oh my gosh---this is one of my favorite DIYs I have seen in a long long time. It is seriously lovely. I have a large frame that I was going to use for photos, but I think I just changed my mind. I love this! Thanks for posting.

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  14. This would be a perfect idea for my best friends wedding. Thanks.

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  15. Great idea! I will be making these to top all the gifts I give to others. It's a great way to use all the pretty papers I've been hoarding.
    Have a great day.

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  16. Lisa-using them as gift toppers would be so cute. Great idea!

    Ladies- if you do this project, send me pics. I'd love to see what you made!

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  17. I love the streamer! And the picture from Design Sponge. I'm thinking wedding-ness!

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  18. I am so in love with pinwheels right now. I love all the uses here. Thanks!

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  19. I love this project. I hope you will stop by and link up to my St. Patty's Day Project Parade.

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  20. These pinwheels are really cool. I like the cluster with the green ribbon. I haven't tried to make pinwheels, but your tutorial makes them look super easy. I'd love for you to share them at my St. Patty's link party. :)

    http://whitelightsonwednesday.blogspot.com/2012/02/st-patricks-day-linky-party.html

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  21. These are so cute! Found you via Under the Table and Dreaming link party :)

    -Bonnie @ Revolutionaries
    www.revolutionariesblog.com

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  22. I am so addicted to these pinwheels! I made a black and white wreath with them and now I want to put them everywhere! I love yours on the square frame-so pretty! I never thought to hole punch them, thanks for the idea!

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  23. so pretty! love this tutorial. I've had some trouble getting them to stay put and not unfold, so I appreciate the tips. Thanks!

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  24. Absolutely breathtaking! I love these ideas!

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  25. Nice design, good way to add color, simple. Could be a great family project. Nice job on the tutorial. Visiting from Not Just a House Wife. Marji @ AshbeeDesign

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  26. Those are super cute. I love paper crafts. I have to try this one. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

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  27. I can certainly see why you kept your creation up for a while -- it's super cute! Wonderful tutorial! I’d love it if you would consider linking with Busy Monday (open Monday through Thursdays) at A Pinch of Joy, a linky party for ideas that make life better, easier and more fun!

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  28. Lovely lovely lovely! I'd leave it up, too. I'm picturing this in red for Christmas, also. Gosh, the possibilities! Beautifully done, kudos.

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  29. These are so incredibly cute! Thanks so much for sharing the "how to"s of making them. I saw your post over at $100 and Under Link Party.

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  30. Great tutorial, such a versatile project!
    Shannon
    (www.akadesign.ca)

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  31. So cute and perfectly seasonal. I'd love to have you join me at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  32. these are super cute pinwheels - great and cute tutorial, thanks so much for sharing it, and making it all enjoyable!
    JoAnn
    sweetpepperrose.blogspot.com

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  33. I love your step-by-step with the chalkboard! Very easy to understand and a super cute idea. I am planning to make these for a wedding and your DIY makes them seem very simple!! Thanks for sharing :)

    xo alanna
    iheartlaughing.blogspot.com

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  34. I will be featuring this tonight at my Winter Blues Wednesday party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

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  35. I love this idea, simple but elegant. I am starting a craft group at home and I am looking for ideas for things to do, the ladies have never done any crafts before so it is a social thing as well as having fun being creative.
    thanks for the ideas
    Lyndel

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  36. love it!!!!!! I have a question: did you hot glue them to the frames?

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  37. Thanks Selidji! I either punch a hole in the top and tied them to the frame or hot glued them on the side.

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  38. Help.... how do you make the really large ones,I am having problems with strips and making BIG ONES. Love the project and am doing it now help please

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  39. You may have to connect two or three strips together to make the largest ones. When you have them connected end to end, press down with one hand to flatten into the circle. Hot glue in the middle. Keep holding in position until it dries. Hope that helps!

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  40. how wide should the strips be ?

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  41. For the large ones, no more than 5-6 inches.

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  42. Oh My .... I had to work hard to make something SO simple, so hard. lol just went back and took another look and wow how simple is this. I love it,you are great !

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  43. Lovely, i just found these on Pintrest and have wanted to have a go and now i can, tfs :)

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  44. What kind of paper do you recommend?

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  45. I think this is a fun project to so while watching TV! Dianntha I am adding glitter

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  46. I just came across your blog through Becoming Martha's blog. I absolutely love this. I'm going to try making something to hang on my 4 month old daughter's wall. Thanks for the awesome idea!

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    1. Awesome! I'd love to see pics when you finish the project.
      -H

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  47. These look great. Im excited to make some...Really cute project!

    -Vanessa
    www.ahouse-2-home.com

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  48. Any suggestions on where to get the paper? Is there a thickens in paper that works better than others?

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  49. I just bought regular scrapbook paper from Michael's and Hobby Lobby. I think that card stock gets too hard to work with because it's so thick. Regular printer paper is too thin.

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  50. Love the site. I am an artist, always looking for ways to use what I already have and this is a great resource. Congratulations on presenting some truly original projects!

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  51. Katie, thank you for the sweet comment. Glad you "stopped by"!

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