Making Pin Wheels With The Kids

by leanneja on April 9, 2010 · 25 comments

in Children,Crafts,Decorating

The kids have been on Spring Break and now they’re Off Track for a couple more weeks. We’ve been trying to do things to keep busy. The weather hasn’t been cooperating, so today we made pin wheels.

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We gathered the supplies we needed, then got busy creating.

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You can cut the paper any size you like as long as it’s square. We cut ours 6 x 6.

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Use a ruler and draw two lines from corner to corner.

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Like this, then trace around a quarter for the center of the pinwheel.

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Ammon’s showing you how.

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Cut all 4 lines to the circle. Don’t cross the circle. Erase the lines, because if you cut like my 6 year old they might show when you put the pin wheel together.

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Use a floral pin to make the pin wheel. Start at one of the points of a triangle and push the pin through the paper.

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Take the second triangle and push the pin through in the same place going in the same direction.

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And then the third.

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And forth. Then push the pin through the center to form the pin wheel. As you can see, it’s much more appealing if you use 2 sided paper.

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Push the pin through the pencil eraser.

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Then bend it down so the pin doesn’t stick the kids.

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Ta-Da! Ammon’s pin wheels.

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Zach’s pin wheels.

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Emilee’s pin wheels.

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We decided to use them as a centerpiece for a while. Pretty cute, huh?

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I found this galvanized metal box downstairs. It had a lid on it, so I just sat it aside and used the bottom. I filled the box with dried white beans to hold the pin wheels up. 

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Didn’t the kids do a great job? Okay, we are so ready for nice weather to come our way. At least the pin wheels brighten the table.

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These were really fun and easy to make with the kids. Do you think your kids would like to make some too?

I’m linking to:

Saturday Nite Special at Funky Junk Interiors

Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and Jello

Shop The House Sunday at Finesse Your Nest

Motivate Me Monday at Keeping It Simple

Making the World Cuter Monday at Making the World Cuter

Craftastic Monday Party at Sew Can Do

Just Something I Whipped Up at The Girl Creative

Made It Monday at The Persimmon Perch

DIY Day at A Soft Place To Land

Toot Your Horn Tuesday at A Silly Little Sparrow

Penny Pinching Party at The Thrifty Home

Works For Me Wednesday at We Are That Family

Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts

Show and Tell at Blue Cricket Design

Tutorial Tuesday at Hope Studios

Strut Your Stuff at Somewhat Simple

Get Your Craft On Thursday at Life As Lori

Show and Share Day at Just A Girl

Scrappy Saturdays at My Scrappy Gifts

Feature Yourself Friday at Fingerprints On The Fridge

Look At Me Party at Fun To Craft

Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest

Creative Cats at Poppies at Play

Check Me Out Saturday at I Am Only 1 Woman

Craftaholics Anonymous Support Group at Craftaholics Anonymous

Sundae Scoop Linnk Party at I Heart Naptime

Bring In The Spring at Posh Pieces

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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Beth Grasteit April 10, 2010 at 3:05 am

Your pinwheels look great! Here are some pinwheel patterns if you are interested in doing this again another day.

http://allsorts.typepad.com/allsorts/2006/04/pinspinners.html

Beth Grasteit April 10, 2010 at 3:08 am

Oh, and your kids may enjoy making these paper houses, while at home. :)

http://allsorts.typepad.com/allsorts/2010/04/just-something-im-sharing.html

Suzanne April 10, 2010 at 7:15 am

The pinwheels are beautiful! I love the paper choices. Perfect as a spring centerpiece!

Susie April 10, 2010 at 10:50 am

How much fun! They remind me of summer….love it~

kimbowest April 10, 2010 at 1:32 pm

these are adorable! love them~

dena pickle April 11, 2010 at 7:24 am

How Fun! The kids just look so proud too! Thanks for sharing!
Dena

neli April 11, 2010 at 4:44 pm

So so sweet!!!!

CraftyMummy April 11, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Great idea! I have kids on holiday too, so I think that will keep us busy this afternoon ;)

Cheryl April 12, 2010 at 5:55 am

Those are really cute. I just got some pretty paper so I’ll have to do them – my 7 yr old is a huge pinwheel fan. Thanks for linking up to Craftastic Monday!

Kaysi @ Keeping It SImple April 12, 2010 at 10:17 am

What a great idea! Thanks for it, I’m going to make these with my boys!

Maryanne April 12, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Those are so fun! I love that star paper – what a great idea to make with scrapbook paper. I’d love if you linked this up to my Scrappy Saturdays: http://myscrappygifts.blogspot.com/2010/04/8th-scrappy-saturdays.html

Kendall@Finesse Your Nest April 13, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Very cute! I wish I could get mine to sit still long enough to do a craft with me (*sigh) It’s such a cute centerpiece. I think they would also make really cute “bows” for wrapped gifts. Thanks for linking up to Shop The House Sunday!

The Persimmon Perch April 13, 2010 at 1:35 pm

So fun! What a great project for this windy weather here in OK! Thanks for sharing with Made it Monday! Jules

Beckie @ Projects, Pinching pennies & Pluggin along... April 13, 2010 at 6:05 pm

These are darling! I love the combination of paper….pinwheels just scream spring to me! Thanks for linking up to Ta-dah Tuesday!

Megan @ Meanwhile, back at the ranch April 13, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Those are so pretty and fun! My kids love pinwheels, but I make them call them whirlygigs because that sounds funnier coming from their 2 and 4 year old mouths. :P I’ve been meaning to get some floral pins anyway, we’ll have to whip up a few one of these days. Thanks!

MessyMissy April 13, 2010 at 8:02 pm

That’s great!! Thanks for the tutorial.

Jeanine at One Cheap B*tch April 14, 2010 at 7:58 am

You guys make it look so easy! They all turned out wonderfully!

Jeanine

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage April 14, 2010 at 8:55 am

Cute pinwheels and cute kids! :)

Jennifer Juniper April 14, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Super cute! I saw some mini-pinwheels as cupcake picks once and I’ve always loved it :)

Bobbie April 15, 2010 at 4:12 pm

That is adorable! I would love for you to come over and link up to check me out saturday http://www.iamonly1woman.blogspot.com

Queen of Dreamsz ~ The Art of Stuff April 15, 2010 at 6:12 pm

I just love pinwheels and your project is just perfect and looked like the kids has a great time. ♥

I’m visiting for Get Your Craft on Thursdays. I’d love for you to come by for a visit when you have a moment. ♥

Have a lovely day…

Hugs,
Stephanie ♥

Katie April 15, 2010 at 6:28 pm

These are really fun looking! I like how you bent down the pin. I’ve seen them made with push pins and always thought those would be fun but so dangerous to have around my little one. I wonder if I could put a bit of tape around the end to make it even safer. Would it still work, hmmm….

Becca April 16, 2010 at 9:52 am

I might need to make these with my kids after school today! Great idea and made with things I know I already have! Thank you so much for linking up at my party. I’ll do it again next Friday. I’ll be looking forward to your party next week. I’ve been reorganizing my classroom now and I have book organization to post about.

Becca

lori April 16, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Great pinwheels. Love tthem

Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday. Please join me next week for another great party!

Stacey @ Fun to Craft April 19, 2010 at 6:50 pm

I love these! They are so fun and springy! Thanks for sharing at ‘Look at me, I’m SO Crafty!’ at Fun to Craft.

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