I'm in full planning mode for Olivia's second birthday, which is next month. If you've seen any of my Instagrams (I'm new to it - follow me!), you've probably seen some of the things I've been working on for the party.
I adore paper crafts, but it never seems like I have the time to scrapbook anymore. I've always wanted to learn to make those cute little pinwheel decorations I see on Pinterest all the time - but honestly, I was a little intimidated.
But, I'm here to tell you that they are soooo easy. I mean, in their simplest non-functioning form...
I chose two different papers to make my pinwheels, one solid, and one with a design on one side, and solid on the back. I found a few pretty do-dads in my stash - some buttons and flatback pretties that work perfectly.
Here's my simple tutorial so you can get started on making your own decorative pinwheels:
Simple DIY Decorative Pinwheels
Start by cutting your paper to your desired size. I found that 6x6 was good for starters, and your can get 4 pinwheels out of a piece of 12x12 scrapbook paper by using that size.
Next, find the center of the paper, and mark it with a small X. (It doesn't have to be exact, it's just a marker for you as you'll be cutting and folding.
Now take your craft knife and place it about 2 fingertip lengths away from the center, then carefully cut a straight line diagonally toward the corner of the paper and repeat until you've done all four corners. You'll end up with something that looks like this:
Be very careful though because you will need to hold the center down a bit and they don't call it hot glue for nothin'!
Fasten your decorative centers on with a dab of hot glue and apply a little pressure until the glue sets (10 seconds or so should do it).
Use a thin line of glue on the back of the pinwheel and gently press the stick into it.
I love how easy these are to make, but they're so pretty and trust me when I tell you that they'll impress all your friends! And you don't have to be having a party to make pinwheels - These would be a nice addition to your Easter table, a sweet gift for your Valentine or for Mother's Day.