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Sparkler Pinwheel Craft

This pinwheel is very easy to make kid’s craft and kids love to run around making them spin.  The glitter creates a great sparkler effect, and the streamers make it look so festive!  This is a great activity for a group of kids outside at a barbeque, picnic, or birthday party!



What you'll need:

  • Cardstock

  • 2” metal fastener

  • Scissors

  • Pencil

  • Silver glitter

  • White glue & small sponge brush

  • Glue Stick

  • Contrasting paper color for streamers

  • Tape

  • Hole punch

  • Sturdy milkshake straw

  • Pinwheel pattern



How to make it:

  1. Print out the pinwheel pattern. The pinwheel starts with a 6” square piece of cardstock. 

  2. Take a ruler and draw a line from one corner to the other just like the pattern.  Where the two lines intersect, draw a circle around the size of a quarter.  Use your hole punch and punch out the holes near the edges where indicated on the pinwheel pattern.

  3. Take your hole punch and carefully punch a hole in the milkshake straw about 1 ½ “down.

  4. Using a sharp pencil, have a grownup carefully make a hole in the center of the paper square, pushing the pencil right through and out the back.

  5. Using your scissors, cut along the lines in the corners toward the center of the pinwheel, but not past the circle you drew around the center.

  6. Take your metal fastener and thread the fastener through the holes on the square from the backside, gathering all the corners and then finally through the center hole you made with the pencil.

  7. Holding your pinwheel together, thread the metal fastener through the hole you made in the straw. Once the fastener is through, separate the fastener about ¼ inch bending it out.

  8. You may have to maneuver the pinwheel a bit to allow it to spin freely. 

  9. Using your sponge brush, apply glue to the triangle halves that do not have holes. Then add your glitter, shake off the excess and let dry.

  10. To make the streamers, Cut 4 strips of paper - about 1” wide by 4” long.  Cut slits into one end to look like fringe.  Leave about an inch at the end so you can glue and tape it to the back of the pinwheel.

  11. Next, turn your pinwheel over and attach your streamers with a little glue stick and tape

Now you are ready to run around the yard and have some fun!

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