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How to Make a Garden Pinwheel

If you’re looking for a craft project that the whole family can enjoy, then look no further. Homemade pinwheels are really easy to make and you can create them using materials you already have in your craft cupboard! A brilliant craft for spring or summertime, you can use your finished pinwheels to spruce up the garden or decorate your home. Plus, you can decorate them in any way you like, so you can create yours in a lovely spring or summer theme – the choice is yours!

  • Kids Crafts
  • < 1 hour
  • Beginner

You Will Need:

  • Double-Sided 200gsm Cardstock (design optional)
  • Dowel Rod
  • Plastic Head Pin
  • Push Pin
  • Small Round Bead
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors


  1. Cut the cardstock into a 7-inch square. (Tip: you can cut the cardstock into smaller or larger squares to create pinwheels in different sizes!)

  2. Using the leftover cardstock or new cardstock, cut a circle that measures 2 inches in diameter.

  3. Using a push pin, create a small hole in the centre of the cut-out circle.

  4. Using a ruler and pencil, draw two lines going diagonally from corner to corner of the square cardstock; the pencil lines should cross over.

  5. Using a pair of scissors, cut along each pre-drawn line until you get 1 inch from the centre; each quarter of the cut cardstock will be a wheel spoke.

  6. Using a push pin, create a small hole in the centre of the cardstock (where the lines cross over) and in one corner of each pinwheel spoke. For the spokes, each hole needs to be 1 inch from the corner and in the same corner on each side.

  7. Using a push pin, create a hole in the dowel rod. The hole needs to be 1 inch from the top of the dowel and the pin should not come out the other side.

  8. Now it’s time to assemble the pinwheel. Push a plastic head pin through the premade hole in the cut-out circle.

  9. Pull the corner of each wheel spoke to the centre front of the cardstock and push the plastic head pin through each pre-made hole (one at a time); the wheel spokes should be curled with the opposite corner in a point.

  10. Once you have assembled the spokes, push the plastic head pin through the premade hole in the centre of the square cardstock.

  11. To secure the pin wheel, push a round bead onto the end of the pin; using the hot glue gun, glue the end of the pin and push it into the premade hole in the dowel rod. You will need to hold the pinwheel in place until it has dried.

  12. Leave the pinwheel to dry completely and then head outside and watch it spin in the wind!

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