Monday, June 8, 2009

Pinwheels Tutorial

Pinwheels are really growing in popularity and they make a really cute accent for spring and summer pages. Here's a little tutorial on how to make these fun embellishments.
To get started, you will need some paper, a trimmer or ruler and craft knife, a brad and some glue dots.

First, you are going to cut a square out of double sided patterned paper since you will see both sides. I made mine 4x4 since I needed a big accent.
Then you need to make a dot right in the middle of the square. I'm not sure if you can see it, but there is a dot there!

After you have made your mark, place your square on the diagonal on your paper trimmer (or use your craft knife and ruler).Trim down the diagonal, stopping when you are about 1/4" from the dot. You don't want to cut any further or you will cut it in half!

Do this with all for diagonals and your square should now look like this:

Now you are gonna fold the corners in to the dot and adhere them with glue dots like so: (I don't crease my fold, however, because I like the fold to be a little rounded.)

Do this with all four corners:

Now your pinwheel is almost done.

I added a brad in the center to finish it off, however, you could use a rhinestone, button, flower or any other tiny accent. The goal is to hide the adhesive and polish it up.Here is my finished one! Voila!

I will post a layout I did using pinwheels tomorrow. See you then!

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