A pinwheel is a small and simple toy for children, which is made as a wheel out of paper or plastic curled from the edges and attached to a stick from the axle with a pin. It is designed in a way that it spins like a fan when blown over it with a person or by wind.
Making colorful pinwheels out of origami sheets or lightweight paper can be a fun project to do with your children. Follow these instructions to learn how to make a paper pinwheel with your children.
Things you will need
- Square, lightweight paper (or origami paper)
- Small bead
- Push pin or fastener
- Dowel or skewer
- Spray mount
- Cut the dowel or the skewer to a length of your desire, ensuring you remove the pointed end of a skewer. Paint it to your desired color and let it dry.
- Choose a paper of your choice and cut it in dimensions of 7″ by 7″, making it into a square. Take another paper in a different color and cut in the same dimensions and shape.
- With the spray mount, glue the squares to one another. Fold the glued squares diagonally and then half again. Unfold them then to form creases on the paper.
- Cut along the creases you have made, and cut it two-thirds of the way to the center of the square. This will divide the each corner to two points. Bring each point to the center so it overlaps.
- Hold the four overlapped pieces and poke a pin through its center. Remove the pin, still holding the folded paper, and insert the push pin or fastener in the hole.
- Thread the bead on the pin behind the wheel and poke the pin in the dowel half an inch from the top.
- Your pinwheel is complete! Blow into it to let it spin.