3.06.2012

TIPsy Tuesday: Pinwheels!

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Pinwheels!  Leslie and I love them!  Being that Spring is right around the corner and because they hold a special piece of my Neverland Nook heart, I'm sharing a double dose pinwheel tutorial today!  This will be fun for you and your kids!  Let's begin with the basic pinwheel:




What you'll need:
~ 2 sheets of pretty paper (or a double sided piece of paper - which would save you time)
~ dowel rod
~ scissor
~ pencil
~ ruler
~ hot glue gun
~ glue stick
~ thumbtack
~ bead
~ some water
~ button

I soaked the end of the dowel rod in water while I made the pinwheel, this helps the wood from splitting when pinning the thumbtack into the dowel rod.





First you'll want to measure out 5" x 5" squares on the back of decorative paper and then cut the squares out.
Once the squares are cut out, use your glue stick to glue them together.


Fold the square forming triangles to make an "X" on the square.

Cut along the folded lines, but stop when you are about a half an inch from the center on each line.
Now is a good time to make the hole in your dowel rod that has been soaking in water.  I used a push pin because it was easier to make the hole then the thumbtack was for me.



Use your thumbtack and push it into the right corner of each triangle.  You can do the left if you'd like, just be sure to always use the same corner of each triangle as you go around.

Place a bead on the thumbtack behind the pinwheel before pushing it into the hole you made in the dowel rod.  I find that the bead allows a little more space and for a better spin.
Lastly, I hot glue a cute button on the face of the thumbtack to make the pinwheel even more whimsical!

Ta Da!!!  Fun Pinwheels!

Now for the second dose!  Make an adorable Spring time wreath for your house!

What you'll need: 12 pinwheels you already know how to make, 12 buttons, pins, 12" Styrofoam wreath, strip of ribbon, and a glue gun

Simply push all 12 of your pinwheels into the Styrofoam ring using pushpins as the center of each pinwheel.


Hot glue buttons in the center of each pinwheel.

Lastly (which I probably should have done first), make a loop with the ribbon and attach it to the back of the wreath using a pushpin.
Now you have a beautiful, airy Spring time wreath!


Hope you have as much fun as I have making these!
xoxo
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55 comments:

  1. This is a beautiful and fun wreath! Great tutorial.

    www.itsybitsypaperblog.com

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  2. Pinning this too!! You have so many fun and cute ideas:D

    Maysem @ odetoinspiration.wordpress.com

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    1. Awww.. Thanks!!! We're starting to do a new tutuorial every Tuesday!

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  3. I love the wreath! So Springy!

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  4. Very Sweet! Thank you.

    PikldPink: I found you on Tip Junkie...

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    1. Thanks so much for coming by and the for the compliment.

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  5. This is precious! Love all the colors and patterns! Would love for you to link up to our Uncommonly Yours party! Bonnie ;)

    www.uncommondesignsonline.com

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    1. Thank you for the invite Bonnie! I'm all linked up! Can't wait to link up some more :)

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  6. super cute I used to love pinwheels when I was a kid come see me at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

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    1. We will stop by. Thank you so much for the compliment :)

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  7. This is so lovely...I've already done my spring / Easter wreath but will pin this and make one with my daughter for the summer.

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    1. Awww! That is great! Thank you! Pin Away :)

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  8. featuring this today on our facebook page! love it! Bonnie ;)

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    1. Thank you so much for that feature! :) We appreciate it!!!

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  9. These are colorfully fabulous...a fresh breeze of spring and childhood joy! Love! Pinning :)
    igottacreate.blogspot.com
    "Kiss Me I'm Irish" linky party now open

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    1. Thank you for the compliments and for pinning! I'm all linked up with your party and will be back with more for future parties! Thanks for the invite! :) xoxo

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    2. You're so welcome!! I made some of these today and just LOVE them. I'm thrilled that you came on over and linked up <3

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  10. I love these, thank you so much for the tutorial!!!! Never thought to make a wreath with them, love the idea.

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  11. Found this on Pinterest...SUPER cute...great use of my huge stash of scrapbooking paper!!

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    1. So glad you found us! We'll be doing fun tutorials every Tuesday! :)

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  12. Stopping by from the Just Something I Whipped Up Hop! http://queenofsavings.com

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  13. Darling. In fact, I just took out my paper to make one but I'm putting them on a twiggy wreath since that's what I have. I'm reusing it from a Valentine's heart wreath. Gotta keep making new stuff for the blog. :) Best wishes, Linda

    twosucculentsisters.blogspot.com

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    1. The twiggy wreath would be adorable with the pinwheels... I might try that next Spring.. Thank you :) Ooo and maybe with felt pinwheels.. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  14. This is adorable! I love pinwheels :) I'd love for you to share this at Mix it up Monday:

    http://flourmewithlove.blogspot.com/2012/03/mix-it-up-monday_11.html

    I hope to see you soon:)

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    1. Thank you so much for the compliment and the invite to your link party! I'm all linked up! :)

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    2. Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

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  15. What a great project! I love it. If you would, consider sharing with my readers at http://sassafrassalvation.blogspot.com/2012/03/sasss-sunday-salvation-show-15.html

    Thanks!

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    1. Thank you so much! I will be linking up! Thank you for the invite :)

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  16. What a fun idea for spring! Would love for you to stop by Etcetorize to share it at the Make it Great linky party going on right now (http://etcetorize.blogspot.com). Hope to see you there~

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    1. Thanks so much for the compliment and the invite! I'm all linked up with your party :)

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  17. Love these, did a great job. Would love to make one.........andi

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    1. Thank you so much! Hope you get to make one, they're fun to have in your home! :)

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  18. Adorable project- I am going to join a few other commenters and invite you to join a linky party, too. I have a weekly craft & recipe linky @ Things That Make You Say Mmmmm. Hope you'll stop by & share your craftiness!
    cookingwithkaryn.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm all linked up! Thank you.. Glad you came by and I got to see your site!!! :)

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  19. I was wondering what kind of pins you used for the wreath because they are much longer than push pins & thumb tacks

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    1. No problem, they are sewing pins.. like the kind with the little ball on the end.

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  20. What a brilliant tutorial - they look great!

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  21. I just made one of these in Rainbow Colors and posted it. Yours is pretty!
    ~Liz

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  22. Thanks for linking up to my party! I wanted to let you know I picked your link to feature this week! See my post and grab my feature button here http://toastiestudio.blogspot.com/2012/03/made-monday-11-picks.html

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  23. WONDERFUL!
    I featured you in my own post about pinwheel wreaths!

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  24. Thank you for such a great idea. I created my own pinwheel wreath. I'm going to post it own my blog. Thanks so much!


    http://freelovinmama.blogspot.com

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  25. Love this!! Thanks for the wonderful idea! I did one too . . . as a rainbow!
    http://wineandglue.blogspot.com/2012/06/summer-rainbow-wreath.html#

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  26. Very cute and well laid out tutorial! Can't wait to go make some. Thanks for sharing! We're your newest followers!

    Jillian & Mannon
    Teapots & What-Nots

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