How To Make A Pinwheel {+ Free Template}

Pinwheels are the perfect thing for summer; they’re so much fun when the weather is nice! You can set them up on a porch or in a window box to brighten up your view. And pinwheels are easy to make, so you can make a bunch and hand them out to kids at a block party or barbecue to keep them entertained! Today I’m going to show you how to make a pinwheel with just a square of colored paper!

How To Make A Pinwheel: Step by step instructions for making pinwheels in any color, plus a free printable template and cut file!

These pinwheels will take you less than five minutes to make, and you can make them in any color you want!

How To Make A Pinwheel

Here’s what you need to make your own paper pinwheels: (affiliate links below)

Before you start cutting out the pinwheel, stick the non-pointy end of the bamboo skewers into a small glass of water. Once the skewers soak up some water, it will be easier to push the thumbtack into the skewer to attach the pinwheel, and the wood won’t splinter.

While the skewers are soaking, cut out the pinwheel template from a piece of paper. If you cut the template out by hand, be sure to poke holes using your thumbtack where indicated on the template.

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Once your shape is cut out, take one spoke of the pinwheel and push the thumbtack through the hole from the back. Bend the next spoke over and push the thumbtack through the hole on that spoke as well.

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Continue pushing the thumbtack through each individual spoke until the thumbtack is through all four spokes.

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Push the thumbtack through the hole in the center of the pinwheel, then slide the small bead onto the thumbtack.

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Then push the thumbtack into the wet end of the skewer. If you need to, you can gently tap the front of the thumbtack with a hammer. Keep pushing the thumbtack into the skewer until the skewer touches the small bead on the thumbtack.

Soaking the skewer in water should keep the wood from splitting at this point, but if your skewer does split, don’t worry! Just add a small dab of hot glue to make sure the thumbtack stays in place.

Be sure not to cover the bead with glue! The bead helps space the pinwheel away from the skewer, allowing the pinwheel spin freely without getting caught on the skewer as it turns.

And now you know how to make a pinwheel!

How To Make A Pinwheel: Step by step instructions for making pinwheels in any color, plus a free printable template and cut file!

How To Make A Pinwheel: Step by step instructions for making pinwheels in any color, plus a free printable template and cut file!

Perfect for 4th of July!

How To Make A Pinwheel: Step by step instructions for making pinwheels in any color, plus a free printable template and cut file!

If you want to see more Silhouette tutorials, check out my Silhouette project gallery (just click on the photo below)!

Silhouette Project Gallery

This project is part of this month’s Silhouette Challenge! Want to see some other great patriotic project ideas you can make using your Silhouette cutting machine? Check these out!

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Hi, I'm Jessi! Welcome to Practically Functional, a blog about real projects that real people can actually do! You don't have to be a pro in order to craft or do DIY projects; Practically Functional is full of projects for everyday life that anyone can do, regardless of skill or experience! Whether you're looking for fun crafts, DIY projects both big and small, gardening advice, cleaning tips, or quick and easy recipes, you'll find them here! Follow the step by step instructions in every tutorial, and don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions! Make sure you subscribe to free weekly emails so you don't miss a single tutorial!

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  1. says

    I totally see these used at parades this year, what a great way to stand out in the crowd with something homemade. Perfect tutorial, especially loved the tip on letting the skewers soak in water for a bit.

    Hopping through all the drool-worthy silhouette projects is totally my favorite part of Silhouette Challenge day!! Off to go pin away!!

  2. Kelly Hedgespeth of Simply Kelly Designs says

    Love the pinwheels! I think they would be fun to dress up the garden with.

  3. Karen Marie Kedzuch says

    I have always loved Pinwheels. Thanks for sharing the way to make them at home.
    SC Love,
    Karen Marie
    Dragonfly & Lily Pads

  4. says

    My Girlies would love these pinwheels! The little bead between the tack and the pinwheel is genius. It would be cute to make these in miniature as cupcake toppers too. Ohhhh… the endless possibilities!

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