Wednesday, April 20, 2011

{Tips & Hints} Pinwheel Tutorial and Free Template

For all of you who have been emailing me asking how to make the pinwheels in our Easter shoot, here's how you do it!!

For this you will need the following:

- Pinwheel Template
- Xacto knife or scissors
- Cookie Stick or Drilled Dowel
- Wooden Beads
- Button
- Wire
- Small hole punch
- Ribbon
- Hot Glue

1. Either paint your dowel and drill a small hole through it or (for all of you who would prefer not to pull out the heavy machinery for a holiday craft) take an Xacto knife make a hole in a cookie stick. Place the hole about 1 1/2" from the top of the dowel or cookie stick.

If you are using a cookie stick you can spruce it up a bit by gluing a bit of ribbon to it. (Add a dab of glue on one end and stick down the end of the ribbon. Twist the ribbon down the stick, cut and add another dab of glue to adhere it to the stick.)

2. Print out our pinwheel template and then turn it around and print one of the coordinating decorative paper designs from our Free Hippity Hop Easter Collection on the backside.

3. Cut out the template and punch holes where indicated.

4. Lay the two pieces of the pinwheel template together on a flat surface. Turn the top piece so that it's points are offset in relation to the bottom piece. Overlap the points so that the two pieces are locked together.

5. Glue the centers of the two pieces of the pinwheel template together.

6. Put a dab of hot glue on either side of one of the holes in the points of your pinwheel. Line the hole in the point up with the hole in the center of the pinwheel and adhere the two pieces together. Continue until all eight points on both pieces of the template are fixed to center of the pinwheel.

7. Thread your wire through the hole in your stick, through one of your wooden beads and then through the hole in your pinwheel. Now thread the wire through your other wooden bead and through the first hole in your button. As you loop the wire back through the second hole in your button continue to thread it back along it's original path until it comes out the hole in your stick.

8. Trim your wire, leaving enough to wrap around your stick a few times.

And there you have it... Easter Pinwheels!

Here's the template. Click on it and download it to your desktop.

This template will be available for download until April 24th.


  1. This is AWESOME!!! it...I'm gonna try it with the kids..

  2. Beautiful design! Thanks for sharing!!