4th of July Pinwheels DIY


Happy 4th of July! Today, I’m going to show you a simple project – how to make your own pinwheel. A pinwheel is the perfect symbol of summer fun and freedom. This project takes about 15 minutes and requires a minimum of crafting supplies.

Here’s what you will need:

  • Two 6” x 6” squares of paper. I used fun red white and blue polka dotted scrapbook paper patterns for the 4th of July.
  • Scissors
  • Paper cutter (optional – can also use larger scissors and a ruler to cut and measure the paper)
  • Glue stick or stronger glue such as Tonbow or Aileen’s
  • Pencil with eraser
  • Thumbtack
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • ¾ inch hole punch. If you don’t have one, a bottlecap will work well.

Here are the instructions:

  1. If you are using scrapbook paper, first measure and cut into 6” x 6” squares.
  2. Glue the two 6” x 6” pieces of paper together using glue stick or the stronger glue.
  3. Cut about 2 ¼” into each corner. Fold each corner over and stick down with a bit of glue.
  4. Using the ¾ inch hole punch, punch out a circle. Or, use a bottlecap and trace out a circle, then cut.
  5. Glue the circle into the middle of the pinwheel.
  6. Take a thumbtack and stick it through the middle of the pinwheel.
  7. Stick the thumbtack through the eraser of the pencil.

Voila! You have a simple lovely pinwheel.

An instructional video I found that made this incredibly simple is below.  It’s a very easy tutorial, and with a really cute retro song to go with it.

Have a wonderful 4th of July and enjoy your pinwheel!



About The Paper Pinup

Hello, I'm Laurel! I live in upstate Manhattan with my boyfriend Charles. I'm passionate about papercrafts, art journaling and sewing as "craft therapy" and bring a fresh and irreverent approach to my projects. I'm also a swing dancer and love vintage style from the 1920s through the 1950s.