Paper windmills


  • Light printable card
  • Digital decorative papers
  • Pencil
  • Craft knife / scissors
  • Trimmer
  • Hole punch
  • Glue/decorative brad (a metal pin with two prongs going down its stem - the top can be coloured or decorative)
  • Decorative flower
  • Fine liner pen

  • Kebab skewers
  • Green Spectrum Noir pen


  1. Print some sheets of decorative paper - the pinwheels will a have a much nicer finish if you print on both sides - the light printable card is perfect for the job.
  2. Trim the card to make a 19cm (7 1/2in) square. Using a pencil draw a faint line from corner to corner. From the centre point of the square measure 2cm (3/4in) and mark a small line.
  3. Using a craft knife or some scissors cut along the line up to the small marks made from the centre, it is important not to cut all the way. Using a hole punch make a hole in each corner and one in the middle.
  4. Simply glue the corners to the centre and then finish with a flower, button or even a gem. Before fastening together I also used a fine liner pen to add some faux stitching.
  5. Once you have taken the brad through each hole, secure the brad at the back of the pinwheel.
  6. As long as your piece of card is square you can make any size of pinwheel that you like. All the way down to 4cm (1 1/2in) if you wish.
  7. Finally add the pinwheels onto kebab skewers which should be coloured green using a Spectrum Noir pen, all ready to make into a display.

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