Good morning CraftyStealers!

As a kid, I loved playing with pinwheels.  My sister and I would often get them as birthday party favors, and we would make ourselves dizzy blowing and blowing them in circles.  These days, pinwheels make me think of lazy days, county fairs and sunshine.  Which makes them the perfect addition to a layout of a fun day at the beach,  or the topping to a summer birthday card. :)

Various companies (for example American Crafts) make adorable pinwheel embellishments, and while I love having them, I also like to make my own matching embellies just in case I run out (or want to match a line that didn’t make some for me).  Seeing that pinwheels are extremely easy to make, it takes no time at all to make the perfect embellishment!

What you need:

  • patterned paper
  • scissors or cutter
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • small hole punch
  • brad

Take your patterned paper and make a 1″ x 1″ square for each pinwheel you’d like.  I started with 6″ x 6″ patterned paper, just because the patterns are smaller and I thought it would lend itself nicely to a small pinwheel. (This paper is from the Crate Paper Toy Box Collection).Using the ruler and pencil, draw two diagonal lines that cross each other on the back of the paper square (make an “x”).Now make a cut from outer point to the center – about 1/2 to 2/3 of the way in – on each corner.Fold every other corner inward.  You can put a little dry adhesive to keep the points down if you’d like.Now you can either put a hole in the center and place a brad in…Or you can put a button or other embellishment in the center. There you have it – mini-pinwheels!  You can vary the sizes according to your projects.  As you can see below, I made some 1.5″ blue squares to go along with my 1″ yellow ones on the first card and a used a 3″ square for the big pinwheel on the second card.Or you can even make them much, much bigger and attach them to a straw or dowel for a real, spinning pinwheel.  Great for taking sweet summer photos of your family.

Don’t forget to join in on the fun with our Third Thursday Challenge!  This month, you need to use a punch in your project.  You have until the end of the today to upload your project and have the chance to win some CraftySteals goodies.  You can find all of the details in this blog post.

Have a great rest of your Sunday!