Hello from Darby & Joan! We hope you are all enjoying the change in the seasons and ready for the winter festivities. To get you in the mood for Christmas we have an easy festive DIY for you today. Get your glitter and glue at the ready.
Image Credits: Mirlah Thornley
What you’ll need:
- Scrapbooking paper in a variety of patterns or colours. 12″ x 12″ (You can of course use smaller squares of paper it just depends on the size of the pinwheel you’d like to make.
- Card in different patterns or colours
- PVA Glue or glue stick
- Glue Gun or stringer strength glue
- Mini Wooden Letters
What to do:
Take a piece of square scrapbook paper and concertina fold making each fold ½ inch to an inch wide.
Once folded trim off the edges of the folded paper to just even out the edges.
Fold the concertina in half so it creates a triangle then glue the inner edges together using PVA or a glue stick. Set aside to dry and grab another sheet of paper. Repeat with matching paper and punch a small hole through the top of one of the pinwheel triangles this is where we will hang the pinwheel. Depending on how tight you wish your pinwheel folds to be you will need to create 1,2 or 3 extra triangles. (2 or 3 extra triangles will be a lot tighter than just one.) Once you have folded all of your triangles glue them all together creating your circular pinwheel. Repeat as many times as you’d like with different coloured and patterned paper to create multiple pinwheels.
To create the letters, take your chosen wooden letters, (available at most craft shops) and cover with glue and then sprinkle on your glitter. This may take a while to dry.
To give the letters a smooth surface to be attached to, cut out circles of card and glue each letter to the card.
Take your glue gun or stronger strength glue and attached the circle card and letter to the middle of your chosen pinwheel.
Allow to dry before stringing the twine through the hole and hanging in all its glory. Once dry hang your pinwheel wherever you’d like and Ta da! That’s it.
You could use the pinwheel to spell out whatever you’d like and you don’t have to be limited to a Christmas theme. You could use these for parties, as a backdrop for a fun photobooth. Create giant ones for a wedding table plan or just use different colours and hang up all year round?
We hope you’ve enjoyed this little DIY and hope you’re now feeling positively festive.