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Homemade Pinwheel

Updated on December 8, 2014



Very easy, very simple, lots of fun

At one time or another, most of us have made a pinwheel. After all, it's not rocket science. However, recently when I tried to make one, I couldn't remember how and actually had to look it up. Duh!

This is not to say that those who don't remember are lacking in brain matter, only that our heads get full of stuff as we age and there are just some memories that slip away.

We now have a whole collection of pinwheels made of different material. You can too.

Supplies needed


Two pinwheel directions are included here

The first pinwheel shown here is very basic, very easy and once shown, Niles had no problem creating more. The brain cells I thought I'd lost kicked back in and I made one too.

Pinwheel Supplies

  1. Pencil with eraser
  2. Construction Paper
  3. Push pin
  4. Hole punch
  5. Scissors

Pinwheel Pattern

Cutting out the pinwheel

Cutting out the pinwheel
Cutting out the pinwheel


We use a pencil to secure the pinwheel but a wooden dowel can also be used. Create the pinwheel in the same way but secure it to a wooden dowel instead.

  1. Create a pinwheel pattern. The one shown here can be enlarged and the size of the pinwheel is up to the creator. Listed below are directions for making your own pattern.
  2. Place the pattern on the construction paper and cut out the square
  3. Cut the dotted lines to the circle
  4. Punch out the holes where shown
  5. Fold in each corner and push the pins through the center of the holes and through the back of the pinwheel. Pin the whole thing to the eraser. Leave enough space for the wheel to turn.

Can't see it spinning - It goes really fast standing in front of the fan but my camera won't capture the movement.

Supplies for Pinwheel #2

  1. Scissors
  2. white construction paper
  3. a paper fastener
  4. a plastic drinking straw or dowel
  5. crayons, colored pencils or markers
  6. Hole punch

Make your own pattern for a pinwheel

  1. With a paper square, fold it from corner to corner and then fold it in the other direction
  2. Mark the fold lines with a pencil
  3. Draw a circle, 1/3 away from the center
  4. Cut along the pencil lines until you reach the circle.

Instructions for pinwheel #2

  1. Using a sharp pencil, poke holes where they are indicated on the pattern
  2. Push the paper fastener through the holes and through the back in the center
  3. With a pencil or something sharp, poke a hole through the end of a straw. The hole should go through both sides.
  4. Poke the paper holder through the holes in the straw and spread to fasten.

Comments are welcomed!

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      7 years ago

      Seems like something that kids can have great fun with. Thanks for sharing.


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