This week, I thought I'd share how I would make my pinwheels actually SPIN, like this beauty that went in the planter by the front door - a DOUBLE pinwheel, lol!
I began by fastening my pinwheels using an eyelet instead of a brad - that's half the battle right there! I made all my pre-punched holes a little bigger first, so the eyelet would fit. I actually started out by trying to laminate my pinwheels, since I knew I wanted to put them outside. Not much success here folks - the added weight of the laminate to the pinwheel paper was too much for my little craft eyelets, sigh. Maybe if you have longer shank eyelets this would work? Also, the laminate did NOT like bending - and even after rounding everything with the corner rounder punch, those little corners are SHARP! Yikes!
Next, I drilled a tiny 1/16" hole through a dowel I had sitting around, that already had a wooden bead stuck on the end. I have no idea where I originally got these dowels, they look like they're for mini banners or something. But the bead gave a little extra to drill through, so the end of the dowel wouldn't fray or split.
Then I made some beads with my Simply Pressed Clay - this is a perfect material for pinwheel making. I remember making pinwheels in preschool that we stuck through pencil erasers, and the Simply Pressed Clay reminds me of that. Make four beads, about dime size in diameter. No need to make holes in them yet, just let them dry solid.
Next, snag one of our retired Hat Pins (remember those? I still have ALL of mine, except for one, lol) and string on a clay bead, then your pinwheel, another bead, through the dowel, another bead, the other pinwheel, and the last bead, that has a little dab of hot glue on it to keep everything in place. Don't make everything too tight - these babies need room to spin!
Neat trick, huh? I ended up trimming my hat pin down a bit with wire snips, but I bet you could make bigger beads to take up all the room!
Paper Pumpkin Pinwheel Party; plus, Simply Pressed Clay; Wooden Dowel with Wood Bead; Hat Pin (retired.)
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