Hi friends! Thank you so much for all of your sweet comments and excitement about my new collection – CAROUSEL! It really is such a bright and happy range of products and I am thrilled that you all are loving it as much as I hoped you would!!
This new collection inspires me in so many ways and makes me want to throw a bunch of parties using the products and patterns to decorate with! So, I’ll be sharing some fun ways you can incorporate CAROUSEL into different creative aspects of your life, not just in scrapbooking!These oversized DIY pinwheels are so much fun! They would be perfect for a birthday party, a wedding, a bridal shower and even a baby shower. The best part is that you can customize them to whatever color scheme or theme you want using different patterns to coordinate!
They are cute to use for taking pictures with and would be a fun prop to use for a DIY photo booth.
When not taking photos with them, you can use them as decoration for your party by sticking them into a tall jar or vase! So easy and fun right! Another twist on this idea is to make giant DIY pennant flags. These turned out even cuter than I imagined and there are so many different combinations you can come up with when mixing and matching your papers. Seriously, endless possibilities! Here’s the detailed tutorial for making these giant paper pinwheels.
- DOWNLOAD THE FREE PINWHEEL TEMPLATE HERE. You can print out the template at any size you want to make small or large pinwheels. Or if you are like me, you can use the template as a visual guide and then cut your 12×12 pieces of patterned paper accordingly.
- You’ll want to make sure you are using double sided patterned paper for this or you’ll need to add a step here and glue two sheets of paper back to back first.
- Use scissors or a craft knife to cut out the pinwheel square using the template as a guide. If you are using a full 12×12 sheet, you don’t need to do this because you already have a square!
- Cut the diagonal lines shown on the template starting from each corner.
- Punch holes in the corners as shown on the template.
- Punch a hole in the center of the pinwheel.
- Fold the corners with the holes in to the center making sure to line up all of the holes.
- Secure a brad through the center to hold your pinwheel together.
- Attach pinwheel to a large wooden dowel using hot glue or strong tape.
If you have never made a DIY pinwheel before, I suggest starting small and using some scrap paper to make your first one. Then once you have the hang of it, you’ll be making pinwheels like a pro!!
Happy Pinwheel Making! Let me know if you have any questions and as always if you find this post helpful, I would LOVE it if you will take a moment and PIN your favorite image from this tutorial. Then it is saved for whenever you are ready to come back to it and make the project!!