How to... Make pretty pinwheels from Crazy issue 243!

By AlisonManey, Wed, 2018-04-18 16:14
Make these pretty pinwheels!

 

Find out below how to make your own pretty pinwheels, just like the ones in Crazy issue 243! Remember, kids, be sure to have an adult help out when you're using scissors and pins.

Here's how you can make your own pinwheels:

1  Paint your dowel rod white and allow it to dry fully. Then, using double sided tape, decorate your wooden dowel rod with narrow strips of coloured paper, swirling them around on a diagonal so that it resembles a paper straw.

2  Stick your finished stitching onto a piece of patterned paper using double sided tape, making sure to cover the whole area. Don’t use glue, as it will seep through the holes.

3  Carefully trim your stitched design down into a square, leaving a one-row border around the edge of your stitching. Use sharp scissors to ensure you get a neat finish.

4  Leaving a one row border, cut halfway along each diagonal edge of the stitching, then fold in the points of the unstitched triangles so that they slightly overlap at the centre of the square.

5  Pierce through the tip of each folded triangle with a pin, gathering the tips together as you go. Then, secure with a pin through the central hole in the perforated paper. Roll the pin around in little circles to enlarge the hole a little, as well. This guarantees your pinwheel will spin freely.

 

6  Place two seed beads onto the pin before pushing the pin firmly into the dowel rod, approximately 1cm from the end. Be sure to ask for an adult’s help with this this step, as it’s a little tricky!

 

 

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