Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Most Ginormous Paper Pinwheels Ever

Ok, so maybe not THE biggest ever....but close! Just so you know, I wanted them big. I did this on purpose. The tutorial I found on Martha's site called for 5 inch squares, but I used 12. I wanted them to make a statment and I think they do. You can probably see them coming a couple blocks away, but that's ok with me. {I like BIG stars and I cannot lie} Please don't judge me by my musical references....I sincerely apologize!

I also chose to use double sided cardstock so that I could flip them and have two different but similar looks. Sometimes matchy matchy is ok, right?

So, here's the lowdown on how to make your very own pinwheels.

1.Take your square of paper and draw diagonal lines from corner to corner. (5 inches makes a small but cute pinwheel, 12 inches makes a big beautiful bold pinwheel)

2. Make a 3 - 6 inch cut (depending on size of square you use) along each line.

3.Fold every other point toward center and glue the point down.

4. Affix to clothespin or dowel with map tack if you want it to spin. I wanted mine to be stationery, so I put a decorative metal brad in the center and hot glued the dowel onto the back of each pinwheel.

I am obsessed with this paper I found at Micheal's. I never ever go to Micheal's, but I was on the other side of town and thought I'd pop in there real quick. I instantly fell in love with this bold retro inspired double sided cardstock. I think it adds such personality to these already fun and festive pinwheels!

I'm taking these to my sister's house this weekend for our 4th of July bash. Hopefully they will make it till then. I might have to hide them because my little girls are just dying to get their hands on them. I must admit one of these pinwheels would make a rather fabulous fairy wand.
I think tomorrow we'll make small ones for just that purpose!


ellie g said...

These are AWESOME! And Michael's? Who knew? The times I've looked in their scrapbook section I've been disappointed. I kind of wrote them off. I shouldn't do that, I guess.

Oh, and I don't think you should ever apologize for references to early 90's rap music. Just sayin'.

Alexis said...

Love those giant pinwheels! and I love my Michaels, we must be lucky to have a good one here...I have been to a lot of their stores that are ok at best.

The homesteadingcottage said...

Recently became a new follower and so glad I found your lovely blog (: I look forward to coming back for future posts!

Great project! I'll have to give it a try!


Heather Henderson said...

i am love the giant size!! so great for fourth of july :)

Kenzie said...

So cute! I love the double sided paper! Have a great weekend!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I would like to personally thank you for embedding "Baby Got Back" into my head for the duration of the weekend. ;)

Those are some big stars, and they are fabulous!!

SarahJarnagin said...

These are gorgeous! I love the papers you used. I did pinwheels for my son's first birthday party... except all my paper was single sided so I had to glue them all together... very time consuming! Anyway, I made a million of them but they were so cute! I love pinwheels!

Tammy @ said...

Now that is one FESTIVE GIANT PINWHEEL - so cute! I am having an impromptu linky party today (my first ever...) stop by and add some of your inspiring patriotic posts if you have a couple minutes! Have a HAPPY 4TH!

Best wishes,

Love Being A Nonny said...

These are great! I am inspired to make some!

Jen @ said...

Those are darling Amanda! I love how festive they look. Have a happy and safe Fourth my friend!!!


Janeal said...

I love that you made them so big, they are darling. Thanks for sharing! Happy holiday weekend to everyone!

Nadir @ Hodgepodge said...

So cute I love it!!!

Unknown said...

gorgeous!!! I am so attacking my paper stash when I get done working & hopefully making some!!! thanks for sharing!!!

koralee said...

Just found your lovely blog through a it. I adore pretty and fun...I hope to make some..thanks for the inspiration.
Happy 4th of July to you from way up here in Canada. xo

Kerri said...

i love the size of them! :)

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