Friday, July 26, 2013

Crafty Friday - Pinwheel Wreath

My bedroom door has had a silver tissue paper wreath on it since Christmas.  I finally decided it was time to change it.  Here is how to make a pinwheel wreath.  I chose purple hues, but you could do this technique for any holiday or décor!

Supplies Needed:
Wreath or Circle Shape for Tracing
12 sheets of scrapbook paper (6 if double sided)
Paper Cutter
Double Sided Tape
Awl ( or thumbtack)
Piece of String or Ribbon

First, take your wreath or circle shapes and trace onto your cardboard piece.  I used a 12" wreath form and traced the inner and outer rings.

Once you have traced the rings cut out the circles leaving you with a wreath form out of cardboard.

Next I selected colors and patterns from my scrapbook paper supplies.  Usually I use double sided paper but didn't have any that I wanted to use.  In this case, you can take single sided sheets and tape them together to make patterns on both sides.   I do this so once the pinwheel is formed there  is no white paper showing. Then, take your sheets and cut out 12 squares measuring 5 inches by 5 inches. 

Once you have your squares cut, fold them into triangles one way and then unfold and fold into a triangle the other way.  This leaves a scored square that looks like the below picture.

Then use scissors to cut along the score lines about 3/4 of the way to the center.  If you cut too far, the pinwheels will fall apart.  Use an awl (or thumbtack) and make holes in the alternating corners of the cut triangles.

Next, make a hole in the center of the square.

Take the alternating corners and fold them up towards the center and secure them together with a brad. 

Repeat until you have between 10 and 12 pinwheels.

Next, arrange them on the cardboard to figure out fit and pattern.  I like to overlap them to fill in any bare cardboard.  You can always paint the cardboard or cover with ribbon if the pinwheels don't cover the cardboard to your liking.

Once you know where you would like each pinwheel placed, poke a hole into the cardboard and then secure it with the existing brad, or if your cardboard is too thick you could stick them on with glue dots.  Next, I tied a piece of gold ribbon around the cardboard to make a hanger.

If you have a brown spot showing you can swivel the pinwheels to fill in the spaces.   And you are done!   Easy and very versatile!

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