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How To Make A Paper Pinwheel - Toy Paper Windmill Kids Craft

Updated on January 30, 2018

Make A Paper Pinwheel

Pinwheel can be made from things you have at home. Pinwheel is a traditional toy that children of all ages can enjoy watching as it spins round and round. You do not need to buy anything new to make this fun craft paper pinwheel as most of the required materials you can find in your cupboard.

Pinwheel or toy paper windmill craft will bring so much fun to kids in the making process, as it encourages them to understand the process of trial and error as they work towards an end to any project in life.

Kids can decorate the paper to whatever colour they like. They can use colouring pencils, stickers, magazine cut out pictures or even their own pics.

The technique used in making pinwheel paper craft project is easy and simple and kids from five years on can do it with little supervision from an adult.

The only part you can look out for is the area of using pins. So be there to help or supervise as the case may be.

You can use any light paper or card, make sure to cut it to have a square shape.


Materials Used To Make Pinwheel

To get started in making a paper pinwheel, you will need to know what materials to use so that the pinwheel will be able to spin on its own. You will need:

  • Scissors
  • Lightweight card or paper
  • A pin
  • Unsharpened pencil with a rubber
  • A straw
  • A flat hard surface such as a table

Paper Pinwheel Instruction With Photos

Here is the step by step paper wheel tutorial :

Step 1

Cut the paper or card to form a square


Step 2

Draw two straight lines from the bottom to the top. The center is where the lines bisect.


Step 3

You can then decorate the squares with any color. Your kids can use stickers, color pencils, cut out pictures from magazines or newspapers.


Step 4

Draw two diagonal lines from bottom corners to top corners.

Step 5

You should cut along the diagonal lines from the bottom corner towards the center and stop near the center.

Step 6

Labeling the cut out lines will make it easy to lift and pin the appropriate edge.


Step 7

Lift one of the pointed diagonal edges up just near the center and bring up one after the other and tuck them under the first one and use the pin to fix them.


Step 8

To complete the wheel, press the pin through the center of the paper or card. And turn the pin round so that it can make space for free spinning.


Step 9

You will need a separator that will allow the pinwheel to spin freely. So cut about one centimeter off the end of a straw, you can use a bead if you have one. Thread the pin through the small part of the cut out straw.

Step 10

You can use any stick-like material or pencil with a rubber at the end. The rubber makes it easy to press the pin through without using hammer.


Step 11

Press the pin into the pencil rubber. You can bend the pin or use another centimeter of straw to secure the end of the pin. Just use your imagination to see how it goes.


Step 12

Your paper pinwheel or toy windmill is now ready to spin freely.


How To Make A Pinwheel Video


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      Christabel Evans 3 years ago from England, UK

      Thanks Connie. Great to know you find it fun to make.

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      Connie's House 3 years ago from The Wild, Wild West, Arizona

      These are so much fun to make, thanks for the great tutorial!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      my son loves pinwheel. This hub is useful. I could get my boy to do one for me instead !!

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      Christabel Evans 4 years ago from England, UK

      Thanks Kevin Peter,the idea behind it was to make the craft tutorial as simple and easy to make as possible. I'm glad you appreciate it. Thanks a lot!

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      Kevin Peter 4 years ago from Global Citizen

      I loved this cute hub a lot. Though a simple craft, it will attract kids very much. Instructions are easy to understand and the pictures included in the hub are also very good.

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      Christabel Evans 4 years ago from England, UK

      That is a great idea teaching your 7 year old how to make this paper pinwheel. Many kids like playing with it a lot. It's nice to have you comment ComfortB. Thanks!

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      Comfort Babatola 4 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      I need to teach my 7 yr. old how to do this. It'll be a great way to spend time together with the kids.

      Thanks. Voted up and useful.

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      Christabel Evans 4 years ago from England, UK

      Paper Pinwheel craft is a great activity for kids. Thanks cloverleaffarm for liking the illustrations. Nice having you around.

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      Christabel Evans 4 years ago from England, UK

      Great to learn that you like the article. Thanks.

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      Healing Herbalist 4 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Great hub! Loved all the illustrations. I use to make these all the time when my kids were little.

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      spond741 4 years ago

      I like your blog. Keep up the good work.

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      Christabel Evans 5 years ago from England, UK

      This is a great craft activity that your son will enjoy. Thanks for passing by!

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      Insightful Tiger 5 years ago

      So cute and simple! I will definitely try this with my son. Thanks for sharing!

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      Christabel Evans 5 years ago from England, UK

      Thank you for dropping by alocsin. I'm happy to know you like and vote up for the hub.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      What a great and easy craft, specially for kids. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Christabel Evans 5 years ago from England, UK

      Thank you for your comment kidscrafts. Happy to know that you find this instruction easy to follow.

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      kidscrafts 5 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Kids love this kind of projects! Thank you for the simple and clear step by step instructions!

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      Christabel Evans 5 years ago from England, UK

      Thank you tirelesstraveler for dropping in and reading this hub. I appreciate your nice comment. Thanks once more.

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      Amazing how fun simple crafts can be. Nice job

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      I remember doing this when I was young. We will fix it to the middle of bicycle handle and go cycling downhill. That was fun.