Tuesday, June 16, 2009

summer boredom buster--pinwheels...fail?

These really ended up being more for look than function--we weren't able to get them to spin well due to the fact that the cardstock is pretty heavy, and when it rests against the pencil it simply gets stuck. But they were fun to make and cute to look at.

You'll need a square pattern, scissors, a thumbtack or pushpin, glue or some kind of adhesive, a pencil with eraser (I used skewers at first, but they ended up being no good), and whatever you want to use to decorate.

Get a square pattern and cut it out.

And then cut diagonals to an inside circle.

Then punch holes in the corners using your thumbtack.

Fold the corners in. You're supposed to glue them, but I knew the glue wouldn't hold, so we used scrapbooking adhesive. Which didn't hold well either. That cardstock is durn thick.

Push your tack through the holes and and into a pencil eraser. Then decorate.

If I had to make these again, I would use much lighter paper, and use long nails instead of tacks and pushpins--to keep the paper off the pencil. Even though they didn't work, the kids enjoyed making them.


Liz said...

Awwww.. so cute

Lorie said...

They do look cute though!

tif-do said...

I think they look great! What a fun thing to make.