May 20 2014

Giant Paper Pinwheels DIY

Giant Paper Pinwheels DIY-

melissaWith the warmer weather temperatures on the rise we are spending a lot more time outside. Preparing our yards and gardens for the new season. Imagination and crafty creations for the yard and garden have begun. I have been busy filling my planter pots with pretty blooms, hubby has all of the veggies planted and we can already see some lettuce that will soon be on our table.  Our bistro set is out but no decorating in the yard yet. The lovely Melissa from Lulu the Baker is my special guest today and she has a fun decoration diy for your garden or yard, a Giant Paper Pinwheels diy. Melissa aka Lulu is a talented cook and crafter and you can find so many wonderful things shared on her blog Lulu The Baker.

Hi Everyone! I’m Melissa from Lulu the Baker, and I’m so thrilled to be here on Katherine’s Corner today with a fun, easy, and festive DIY project. When Katherine invited me to guest post, I knew right away that I wanted to do a really cute, summery craft, and I almost immediately decided to make these big, beautiful paper pinwheels. Since they’re on sturdy 3/8″ dowels, they can easily be placed in the ground outside or in large planters, and their large, 15″ size makes quite a statement! They’d look so cute lining a walkway for a summer party or picnic!

giant paper pinwheels

12″ square scrapbooking paper, heavy weight, with prints on both sides
3/8″ x 36″ wood dowels
thumb tacks
a small hole punch
a hammer (optional)

giant paper pinwheel diy

1. Using the ruler, find and mark the very center of a piece of scrapbooking paper.
2. Line the ruler up from the center point to one corner of the paper. Draw a straight line from the center to the corner, making a small mark 3 inches away from the center. Repeat with the other 3 corners.
3. Using the scissors, cut carefully from each corner toward the center, stopping at the small you made 3 inches from the center.
4. Using the pencil, poke a hole through the center point.
5. Using the hole punch, punch a small hole in either the left or right half of each corner. Be consistent. Poke holes on either each left half, or each right half.
6. Using a thumb tack, poke a hole about 1/2″ from one end of a wood dowel.
7. Thread each corner of the paper with a hole poked in it onto the thumb tack, then put the thumb tack through the center hole in the paper, then push it into the hole you poked in the dowel.
8. Push the other end of the dowel into the ground, using a hammer to gently tap the top of the dowel if necessary. All done!

pinwheelMelissa, thank you for sharing your craftiness with us today. I am planning on adding a few of your sweet pinwheels to my planter pots. I invite you to grab the I was featured button from my button page.


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  1. Janine Huldie

    These are so very pretty and will say that we have a few pinwheels in our garden, too as per my girls requests, who are now just loving them. thanks for sharing how to make them here today :)

    1. Katherines Corner

      Such a fun thing to add to containers and your garden. your girls are adorable ♥

  2. Missy

    How beautiful, but I think I would put them on my porch. They wouldn’t last long in this MO rain. So far I have put a pink flamingo in my yard!

    1. Katherines Corner

      I love that you have a pink flamingo in your yard xo

  3. Heather R

    so pretty and fun!

    1. Katherines Corner

      I’m looking forward to making these with our grandchildren Hugs

  4. myrecentfavoritebooks

    These are so pretty! I need to make one for my front Porch. =)

    1. Katherines Corner

      I plan to make some for my containers. :-)

  5. Alex J. Cavanaugh (@AlexJCavanaugh)

    My wife could probably make a pinwheel. We’d just have to bring them in when a hurricane threatened, or they’d wind up on the other side of the state.

    1. Katherines Corner

      scary that you are in a hurricane area my friend Hugs

  6. Linda Chapman

    We made those for my niece’s wedding in September! Put them in weighted wine bottles at the end of each row. Guests got to take them home!

    1. Katherines Corner

      Linda I love that idea so much!! hugs

  7. Rhiana Jones

    These are so adorable. I would never even think of homemade pinwheels in the garden. Have to make some!

    1. Katherines Corner

      I’ll be making them for my containers too. Hugs

  8. kathy

    my boy did that in his kindergarten. nice

    1. Katherines Corner

      Kathy how fun. He has a creative teacher. Hugs

  9. KizzyDoll

    So lovely. I’ve loved pinwheels since a child. so much fun. I used to watch a children’s show called Pinwheel, it was a bit like Sesame Street, don’t think it’s on anymore, but it was my favourite. I can still remember the theme song to it, haha!! xx

    1. Katherines Corner

      You made me think of a childrens program I used to watch called Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men, giggle xo

  10. Debi @ Life Currents

    These are beautiful and so much fun! I think they’d be great to make with my niece. :)

    1. Katherines Corner

      I plan to make some with our five grandchildren. xo

  11. lisacng

    So cute! I love the double pattern!

    1. Katherines Corner

      I like the double sided scrap book paper too. Hugs

  12. luluthebaker

    Thank you so much for featuring my project, Katherine! xoxo

    1. Katherines Corner

      It was a pleasure having you as my guest sweetie xo

  13. Heather Smith {Woods of Bell Trees}

    I adore these! I know a little boy that will love making these with me! :D

    1. Katherines Corner

      you are a fun mommy! xo

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