How to Make a Personalized Pinwheel – The Easy Way
I often make my daughter pinwheels at her birthday. If you are interested, I can let you know how to make a personalized pinwheel. I will share with you some tricks and shortcuts that you may not find elsewhere. So, let us go ahead and read the tutorial.
Things you need
· Wrapping paper
· Hot glue
· Double sided tape
· Cardboard scraps
How to Make customized Paper Pinwheels
Once you have all the things you need, you should go ahead and follow the instruction below to go about making a wartenberg pinwheel.
1. First of all, you should take the scissors and cut a strip of wrapping paper around 10 inches wide. Now, use the ruler to make off a couple of folding guides. For a strip with 10 inches of width, the distance between each folding mark should be 1 inch.
2. Now, once you have made 4 to 5 marks, the next thing you should do is fold the paper in accordion style. You will see that the paper is not properly lined-up, but that is fine.
3. Next, you should cut on end of the paper at an angle in order to make some points on the same medallion. Make two more of these by repeating the process.
4. After you have made 3 pieces of folded wrapping paper, you can join them with double-sided tape. You will see that the pinwheel has started to look like a pinwheel.
5. If you have read other tutorials, you may know that they don’t explain how to make the pinwheel hold together property in the middle. For this, I suggest that you staple a couple of the folds on the back of the pinwheel. It worked for me and I hope it will work for you too. You will cover up the middle section of the medallion through a circle; therefore, the staples won’t show.
6. Now, I came up with this idea to create a flat surface. This is where the pinwheel will go. You may have noticed that the pinwheel folds don’t make for a good surface. What you can do is try putting some masking tape on the backside, but the tape may fall off during the party.
To deal with this problem, you can cut three strips of the cardboard. Now, staple the strips on the back of the pinwheel folding them over.
Then you should place some double-sided tape and heated glue on each. You can adhere a large cardboard piece for creating a flat surface. Next, you can put a few large loops of masking tape and then hang on the right area on the wall. Hopefully, now, the pinwheel won’t fall off the wall.
7. Lastly, you should hot-glue a circle of pasteboard to create the centre.