How to Make Your Own Pinwheels

 Pinwheels are a great boredom buster for kids; and since they can be made out of items that you already have around the house, they're a great freebie too!

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    Measure and Cut

    4x4 Square
    Cut a 4x4 Square. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

    To get started making your own pinwheel, cut a 4-inch x 4-inch square out of a piece of paper.

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    Create Your Pattern

    Creating a Pinwheel Pattern
    Create Your Pinwheel Pattern. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

    Draw diagonal lines across your square to join up the corners. Then, mark the center of the square with a dot, and draw an additional dot at each of the corners. (Refer to the picture for an example)

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    Cut Out Your Pinwheel

    Cutting Out a Pinwheel
    Cut Out Your Pinwheel. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

    Use a pair of scissors to cut along the diagonal lines. Then, use a hole punch or pin to punch a hole through each of your dots.

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    Assemble Your Pinwheel

    completed Pinwheel
    How to Make a Pinwheel. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

    Line the dots on the outer edge of your pinwheel up with the dot in the center. Push a tack through the dots to hold everything together. Then, push the pin into the side of a pencil eraser or straw. Your pinwheel is now ready to use!