How to make a pin wheel

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How to make a pin wheel

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In this video, Meagan will show you how to make a pin wheel. It’s a really easy project to make at home and looks great spinning in the wind on a hot summer’s day.

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Creating your square
2 Sticking the square down
3 Making the folds
4 Cutting the fan pieces
5 Punching the holes for the wheel
6 Putting the pin wheel together
7 Finished Product
  • Step 1. Creating your square

    For the first step we’re going to make a square that will be the base of our shape. Using an A4 piece of paper, fold one corner across the page until it touches the other side to make a triangle. Press down firmly along the folded side and cut off the excess rectangle on the bottom of the page. 

  • Step 2. Sticking the square down

    Using your paper square you made, unroll the self-adhesive film and stick peel the backing paper back. Stick the square of paper down in the corner of the self-adhesive paper and cut the square out.

  • Step 3. Making the folds

    Now you will have a square that is white on one side and colourful on the other side.  Fold the square in half from corner to corner so the fold creates a triangle. Repeat this for the other side. 

  • Step 4. Cutting the fan pieces

    Using your scissors, cut along each fold from the corners towards the centre, stop cutting when you have about two centimetres till the middle of the square (where the folds meet). Repeat this for all four folds. This should make four fan pieces.

  • Step 5. Punching the holes for the wheel

    Grab you hole punch and punch a hole near one of the corners of the fan pieces. Don’t get too close to the edge of the paper. Repeat this step for the other four fan pieces but make sure you make the hole on the same part of the paper for each fan piece. Lastly, punch a hole on the middle of the square.

  • Step 6. Putting the pin wheel together

    Ask an adult to help you cut a piece of dowel. We’ve used about 50cm. Place the middle hole on the dowel with the coloured side face down. Now bend each corner with the holes into the middle and hold your finger on them to stop them slipping out. When you have bent the last piece in, line the holes up and stick a craft pin into the dowel. This will stop your pin wheel from sliding off.

  • Step 7. Finished Product

    And there you have it! A bright and colourful pin wheel you can make at home. This project is sure to be a breeze to make and will look great!
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