Today I am showing how to make adorable paper PINWHEELS on the show.
Here is how you do them:
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Pick your paper and buttons. You may want to even add photos to the center of your pinwheel. I love to use my scrap paper to do them. You will need scissors or a paper trimmer, a scor-it board ( pink Scor-it board) or bone folder and adhesive. Cut 2 strips of paper that are equal length and width. Then cut width to the size of the pinwheel you want (thicker strips will create larger pinwheel).
Evenly fold (like an accordion) both of the strips of paper. Note: It is important that both of the widths match. Fold smaller folds if you would like the tighter pinwheels. If you have larger folds they are more loose and will show more of the pattern paper. It's visually best to make several of the various sizes. Begin by lining up one end of the folded accordion with the end of the other accordion. Align the end to fit together and adhere securely. Adhere permanent adhesive so that the pinwheels will lie flat.
Pull the loose ends of the accordion strip around towards each other and adhere securely. The pinwheel should look like a cardstock “wheel or circle”. Next, pop the pinwheel out and push it down. You may need to hold it in place with your fingers.
Choose your button, photo or cardstock circle center and secure down with glue dots. Attach to skewer, or wood rod as desired to display your pinwheel's.
I also wanted to show anohter way of making PINWHEELS. Cheri Piles created this adorable GIVING THANKS pinwheel. She explains how she made them- Isn't she so talented????
How I make a "Pinwheel or Lolly". Depending on what is going to be the center of your lolly is how wide you will cut your paper strip, your length should be 12 inches. For this lolly I cut my strip 1 and 3/4 wide, which will double in width once completed.
Then you will start making your folds. For anyone that enjoys taking their time or having precise even folds, you could score your folds as I do. For some people like my self, I get to the end of folding and it's not so straight, so scoring is what works for me and I just use my paper trimmer and score every 1/4 inch. Your result should look something like this.
You'll glue your ends together, mine do over lap one fold and that's ok.
Make a "Tee-Pee"
Gently push down, *Tip: this works best on a slicker surface, I've used my table top and since it's wood It catches on the grain and doesn't work as nicely.
I cut a round piece of chipboard to give it more stability and glue it on, you can also add one on the bottom so it's nice and flat when you add it to your project. *Tip: Hot glue works better for this part, dries quicker and is thicker to catch those folds. This is also where I add any distress ink to the edges.
Add your center and your all done. *Tip: Really take a look at the paper you have, for the strip I used the back of the "Thank you paper" from the Giving thanks line, knowing that the center will cover most of the white and will leave me with the pretty decorative edge. My center which is from the tags page with the words, solid color and decorative center just worked out to be a great match.
THANKS Cheri for showing how to make these darling but economical decorative pinwheels.
These are so FUN to make!!!!!
I am headed to the TV Studio now... but I have so much to share about Zach's experience in NC playing baseball. I deserves it's own post. I'm just thankful that my boys are back home- they got home around midnight last night!
TONIGHT join me as I join SUDIE for a fun interview at unKIT. http://www.unkit.com/2010/09/11/ready/
It will be at 7:30 MST (I will double check!!!). JOIN US!!!!!!!
Have a GREAT Monday...