How to Make Paper Pinwheels

Warmer weather brings us stronger winds, and where there is wind there are windmills. In this tutorial we’ll teach you how to make paper pinwheels, and you can even grab our fancy printables to make them equally pretty.

There are quite a few desings waiting for you as well as a blank template to design your own pinwheel.

How to make Paper Pinwheels

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This is a paper toy that has been (still is) popular with many generations. Even today you can still see people selling these beautiful colorful wind spinners and kids happily running around with them.

They are super easy to make at home. With the awesome printables that we designed for you to use and start crafting right away, there really is no time to waste.

Paper Pinwheels
They are so versatile to build, supper jolly and super-duper classic crafts for spring or summer.

Paper Pinwheels for Kids to Make

How to Make Paper Pinwheels 


What you need:

  • paper
  • 1 pipe cleaner
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • two beads
  • one stick

Materials Used

Let’s start!

Step by Step Instructions

Print and cut out the spinner shapes.

You can use the color versions, color the black and white printables, or even draw your own design on the blank printable provided.

After that, cut along the black lines.

Step 1

Be careful not to go pass those black lines.

Step 1-1
Make wider holes in the black dots using a sharp pencil tip.

Step 2

You will make six holes.

Step 2-2

Thread the chenille stick through the center hole.

Step 3

Fold each of the cuts and thread them on the chenille stick …

Step 3-1

… one after another.

Step 3-2

Until you get to the very last one.

Step 3-3
Take one bead, thread it on the chenille stick (on the front side) …Step 4

…and make a knot. 

Step 4-1

Like this.

Step 4-2

Using your scissors, cut the excess of the chenille stick.

Step 4-3

The knot prevents the chenille stick to fall out.

Step 4-4

Thread the other bead on the chenille stick (on the back side) …

Step 5

… and tie a knot. Make sure not to make it too tight so the spinner has enough space to move around when the wind blows.

Step 5-1
Wrap the chenille stick around the wooden stick.

Step 6

All done! Easy-peasy, right?

Paper Pinwheels

If it is not windy outside, we recommend using a hair dryer or your mouth to blow air on the spinner.

Paper Pinwheels for Kids to Make

The stronger you blow at the edges, the faster it will spin.

Paper Pinwheels for Kids to Make

You can make as many as you like.

Paper Pinwheels for Kids to Make

Enjoy and stay tuned for more fun crafts!

Paper Pinwheels Craft Idea

Get the Paper Pinwheel Templates Here

Grab the template here: Pinwheel Spinner Template

Project contributed by Ema.

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