How to Make Your Own Pinwheels

Measure and Cut

Cut a 4x4 Square. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Pinwheels are a great boredom buster for kids; and since they can be made out of items that you already have around the house, they're a great freebie too! To get started making your own pinwheel, cut a 4-inch x 4-inch square out of a piece of paper.

Create Your Pattern

Create Your Pinwheel Pattern. Photo © Erin Huffstetler
Draw diagonal lines across your square to join up the corners. Then, mark the center of the square with a dot, and draw an additional dot at each of the corners. (Refer to the picture for an example)

Cut Out Your Pinwheel

Cut Out Your Pinwheel. Photo © Erin Huffstetler
Use a pair of scissors to cut along the diagonal lines. Then, use a hole punch or pin to punch a hole through each of your dots.

Assemble Your Pinwheel

How to Make a Pinwheel. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Line the dots on the outer edge of your pinwheel up with the dot in the center. Push a tack through the dots to hold everything together. Then, push the pin into the side of a pencil eraser or straw. Your pinwheel is now ready to use!

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