Let’s make a pinwheel!

You might remember earlier in the month I taught you how to create a fun insert to your envelopes.  And I featured the birthday invitations to my son’s Pirate Parrrty.  Well, let us revisit his amazing party and learn how to create fun accents that can add flair to any part of your home for the special event!
Supply List:
Accents for Pinwheel
Hole Punch/CropADile
Hot Glue Gun and Glue
Bamboo Skewer
Scoring Board (optional)

Step 1:  Take your Cardstock and cut it into a square.  The larger the square, the larger the pinwheel.  Here I used 5×5 squares.

Step 2:  It’s time to score your lines.  Use your score board or trimmer to help keep your lines straight.
Step 2.1:  If you have a score board, put in your envie template and score.
Step 2.2:  If you do not have a score board, put your paper, diagonally on your trimmer and use the guides and blade placement to help with your scoring.  Use the bone folder and score.

Step 3:  Score two lines, corner to corner.  It should like a big X.

Step 4:  Take your scissors and cut on the score marks.  You want to cut on each side, but stop about half an inch before you get to the intersection of the score lines.

Step 5:  Grab your hand dandy hole puncher devise and punch four holes.  Note the placement of the holes with the sides of the corners.  Either say to the left of the cut lines or the right of the cut lines.  Keep it symmetrical. 

Step 6:  Once you have your four holes punched, it’s time to punch one more in the center of the square. 

Step 7:  Start to pull your pinwheel together by placing the brad into one of the holes, then slightly fold over the next flap with a hole and insert the brad.  Repeat for the remaing holes.
Tip:  To not crease your folds.  Your flaps will need a bit of an adjustment, which is normal.  Adjust the flaps before securing the brad.


Step 8:  Secure your brad.  Make sure it’s nice and tight so it does not come undone.  And remember… no creasing the flaps!  Lightly fold them into place if you need to.  Creasing the flaps will defeat the purpose of the ‘pinwheel’ effect we are trying to achieve. 

 Step 9:  To adhere your skewer, use a hot glue gun.  Make sure it’s nice and hot and ready to use and apply a few globs (yes globs!) in between the folds of a flap.

Step 10:  Insert skewer to hot glue glob and press.  Hold in place for 20-30 seconds to give the glue amble time to dry/cool. 
Tip:  Please be careful when using a hot glue gun.  We have fingerprints for a reason and you never want to be caught with out yours.  Right?


Step 11:  Add your accent.  Here I used two circle punches of patterned paper and a stamped sentiment.  This is to cover up the brad and to add a little something special to the pinwheel.  If you like your brad, then by all means skip this step.  But I for one have so many ugly brads collecting dust I jump at the chance to use them on something productive!

There you go!  Paper Pinwheels created for your next function!  The fun part about these, you can reuse them as much as you want!  The thicker the paper, the longer the pinwheel will last!  And if you use a removable adhesive on your accents, you can change them out for each time you need to!
Below are some photos from the Pirate Parrrrty!  If you want to check out the details on this party, visit my blog!


Tip:  Sometimes envelopes aren’t just for mailing stuff off!  I have used spare A7 envies in my projects for the simple fact I LOVED the color!  You can create pinwheels with your envies, just take your trimmer and trim them up!  And in some cases, you can get two squares or more from each envie! 

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