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Patriotic Pinwheel Decorations

The themed pinwheels I made are great because they're easy, inexpensive, look great and can even be made with the kids' help.

We're excited to spend some time outside this summer after such a long winter! There's no better way to start enjoying the warm weather and promise of summer fun than on Memorial Day weekend with family and friends.

Hopefully, the weather will even be nice enough to pitch a tent, sit around a fire and make some s'mores!

No matter what we do though, my family and I will be celebrating the holiday. I love to craft fun embellishments and decorations for my parties - particularly those kinds the kids can play with, because let's face it, they will play with it!

Here's what you'll need to know to make your own, fully functional, Memorial Day pinwheels:

  • 1 6" x 6" piece of paper per pinwheel
  • 1 wood dowel per pinwheel
  • 1 large eyelet per pinwheel
  • 1 large brad per pinwheel
  • drill with a small drill bit
  • scissors

Score 2 lines diagonally (corner to corner) across your paper. If you don't have a scoring tool, just fold your paper in half (to form a triangle), unfold, and fold again in the other direction.

Cut along each score line towards the center of the square. Don't cut all the way to the center, stop about 1" from the center.

Place a Craft Glue Dot in the center of your square. Fold every other corner to the center, overlapping it slightly and attaching it to the Craft Glue Dot. Set a large eyelet in the center of your pinwheel.

Take your wooden dowel (you can buy these at the hardware store, but chop sticks or wooden shiskabob sticks work just as well) and drill a small hole through it about 1" from the top.

Take your brad and place it through the eyelet in the center of your pinwheel and through the hole in your wooden dowel. You can leave the legs of the brad sticking straight out, or you can flatten them to the back of your stick. Now you have a pinwheel that will spin in the breeze!

I made 3 pinwheels and planted them in jar that I filled up halfway with marbles. They'll make a pretty decoration, but the kids can easily pull them out to play with.

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