Today’s project is really fun one. We’re going to be turning some ordinary pencils into beautiful pinwheels. Pinwheels always remind me of a more innocent time, just carefree and fun. So grab your supplies and let’s get started.
- Patisserie : Encore : Kit by Sugarplum Paperie
- Flower Pinwheel template by Stacy Molter
The first thing I did was poke a hole in my pencil for the pinwheel to sit in.
Next step is to cover my pencils. You will need at least 6.75″ x 1.5″ of paper to cover the pencil completely. I found that rolling the paper around my pencil before gluing really helped.
I used craft glue and a sponge brush to coat my paper and then wrap my pencil.
I wanted to add a little sparkle to my pinwheel, so I added a glitter glaze from Making Memories.
While the pencils are drying, I cut the pinwheels apart. I resized the pinwheels to 4″ x 4″ — I personally would not resize them any smaller. Before cutting them apart, I poked all my holes in the paper. I also printed the patterned paper on both sides.
Once the pinwheels are cut out, you will layer two of them together with the spokes up.
Using a small brad, attach the pinwheel to your pencil.
To form the pinwheel, bring each spoke to the center one at a time and layer it on another small brad till all the spokes are on the brad. Then secure the brad.
I also printed an embellishment to stick on the front of the brad using a glue dot. Once that was done, this is what I ended up with.
My pinwheels spin nicely too. If you find they don’t spin freely, you need to adjust the brad that is attached to the pencil until it spins.
I gave these to my daughter, she loves them! Would love to see your pinwheels too.
Other Articles by Christy:
- Flip Flop Card - June 13th, 2012
- Tootsie Treat Box - May 7th, 2012
- Pretty Spring Mobile - April 16th, 2012
- Mini Journals - March 28th, 2012
- Easy as 1, 2, 3! - February 22nd, 2012