How to Make Paper Pinwheels

Warmer weather brings us stronger winds, and where there’s wind there are windmills. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to make a paper pinwheel, and you can even grab our favorite printables to make them just as beautiful.

There are quite a few designs waiting for you as well as a blank template for you to design your own pinwheel.

How to make paper pinwheels

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This is a paper toy that has been (and still is) loved by generations. Even today, you can still see people selling these beautiful colorful wind spinners and children happily run around with them.

They are extremely easy to make at home. With amazing printables we design for you to use and start crafting right away, there really is no time to waste.

Paper pinwheel

They’re so versatile to build, super fun, and a super classic craft for spring or summer.

Paper pinwheels for kids to make

How to make paper Pinwheels

What you need:

  • paper
  • 1 tube cleaning stick
  • drag
  • pencil
  • two seeds
  • A bar of

Materials used

Let’s start!

Step by step guide

Print and cut out the spinning top.

You can use the color versions, colorize the black and white prints, or even draw your own design on the blank printout provided.

Then cut along the black line.

Step 1

Be careful not to cross those black lines.

Step 1-1

Make wider holes in the black dots with a sharp pencil tip.

Step 2

You will make six holes.

Step 2-2

Thread the chenille rod through the hole in the middle.

Step 3

Fold each cut and thread them onto a cotton stick…

Step 3-1

… one by one.

Step 3-2

Until you get to the last one.

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Step 3-3

Take a bead, thread it onto a cotton swab (front side)…Step 4

…and tie a knot.

Step 4-1

Like this.

Step 4-2

Use scissors to cut off the excess part of the velvet strip.

Step 4-3

The knot prevents the chenille rod from falling out.

Step 4-4

Thread the remaining bead onto the chenille rod (on the back) …

Step 5

…and tie the knot. Make sure not to tighten it too tight so the spinner has enough room to move when the wind blows.

Step 5-1

Wrap the chenille around the wooden stick.

Step 6

All done! Easy, right?

Paper pinwheel

If there is no wind, we recommend using a hair dryer or your mouth to blow air into the camera.

Paper pinwheels for kids to make

The harder you blow on the edges, the faster it will spin.

Paper pinwheels for kids to make

You can do as much as you like.

Paper pinwheels for kids to make

Enjoy and stay tuned for more fun crafts!

Paper Pinwheels craft ideas

Get the paper pinwheel template here

Download the template here: Pinwheel Spinner template

Project contributed by Ema.

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