Welcome! I am a mom to two wonderful kids, a lovely retired greyhound, and a wife to a great husband. Needless to say, there are a lot of daily messes to clean up around our house. Daily Messes is my blog to share ideas on things to do with your kids, snack and meal ideas, crafts, and holiday fun. I hope you find something to enjoy!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Pinwheel Fun

I'm going to come right out and say it: this craft drove me nuts. It took me awhile to find the best mix to create a spinning pinwheel. (As a side note, if you want a pinwheel that doesn't spin, I have lots of extras!)

You will need:
Paper (computer, construction, or cardstock)
Push pin or small nail
Dowel rod
Small beads
Glue stick

1.  For a large pinwheel, cut a 7x7 square out of a piece of cardstock or construction paper.

2.  Divide the paper into four equal squares using a ruler and a pencil.

3.  If wanted, color the paper.

4.  Next, at each corner draw a 3 1/4 inch long line diagonally towards the middle.
I colored in each section so you
could see things a little better.

5.  Cut along each line.

6.  Number each line 1, 2, 3, 4.

7. Place glue in center. Fold number 1 to center.

8.  Add glue. Fold down 2.

9.  Add glue. Repeat for 3 and 4.

10. Hold in place.

11. Place a bead on the pin and push pin through center of paper.

12. Place two small beads in the back onto the pin.

13. Place pinwheel/pin/beads on top of a dowel rod/stick on a flat surface.

14. Hammer the pin into the dowel rod.


  • Color yours red, white, and blue for a 4th of July craft.
  • Push the pin into the eraser on top of a pencil. (Be careful: mine kept falling off when blowing it to spin. If you had a longer pin, it might work better.)

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