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Patriotic Star Pinwheel

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Create a star pinwheel with patriotic paper for a fun 4th of July craft project. Stick into your garden or planter for outdoor decoration this holiday.This project comes to us from Sheila of Cheeky Magpie.
 

Star Pinwheel
 

Materials:

  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive
  • 2 buttons
  • 3" thin wire
  • Large plastic bead
  • Stick
  • Tape
  • Ribbon (optional)
  • Shape for decoration (optional)
  • Brad (optional)
  • Pinwheel Template

Step 1:

Cut your star following the template. Made sure you leave the dashed lines uncut. These will become the blades of the star. Punch or cut a small hole in the center of the star. Place adhesive around the center hole. Loop the blades into the center and stick down.

Star Pinwheel Step 1

Step 2:

Poke hole in middle of paper circle and use adhesive to apply it to center of star. This helps to hold all of the blades in place.

Star Pinwheel Step 2

Step 3:

Thread wire through button and then place on top of hole in center of the star. The wire will be what allows the star to spin.

Star Pinwheel Step 3

Step 4:

On the back of the star, thread the bead on the wire and then add the second button. The bead keeps a space between the stick and the star allowing it to move freely. Twist wire to keep button/bead in place. Then wrap wire around the stick and tape down ends.

Star Pinwheel Step 4

At this point, you are done but may want to decorate with ribbon or trim and a shape for the center of the star. I used a small chipboard star for mine. It's not only a toy, but doubles as decor. Mine is being stored in a planter next to some flowers. I spins gently with the breeze. Very nice!

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