Cardstock Pinwheels

Hi Everyone, Sarah here with a fun new project. My kids absolutely love this project. Pinwheels are a classic and delightful DIY project that brings a touch of whimsy to any space. Whether you’re looking for a creative afternoon activity or a charming decoration for your next party, making pinwheels out of cardstock, jumbo plastic straws, and a brad is a fantastic idea. In this post, I’ll walk you through the process of creating these eye-catching pinwheels that spin with the gentlest breeze.


1. Colored cardstock. I used Pop-Tones Cardstock in Lemon Drop.

2. Jumbo plastic straws (available at craft stores or online)

3. Brad (small decorative fastener)

4. Ruler

5. Pencil

6. Scissors

7. Hole punch

8. Decorative stickers, markers, or other embellishments (optional)

*Step 1: Prepare Your Cardstock*

Choose the colors you’d like your pinwheels to be. Cut the cardstock into square pieces, about 6-8 inches on each side. You can experiment with different sizes to create varying sizes of pinwheels.

*Step 2: Mark and Cut*

On each square of cardstock, use a ruler and pencil to mark lines diagonally from corner to corner, creating an “X” shape. Be sure not to press too hard with the pencil to avoid visible marks on the final pinwheel.

*Step 3: Cut Along the Lines*

Carefully cut along each marked line, stopping about 1 inch away from the center where the lines intersect. Be sure not to cut all the way to the center.

*Step 4: Punch Holes*

Use a hole punch to create a small hole in the center where the lines intersect and punch a hole in one corner of each section. Make sure you put the hole in the same corner. This hole will be where you attach the brad later.

*Step 5: Decorate (Optional)*

This is where you can get creative! Use stickers, markers, or other embellishments to add a personal touch to your pinwheel’s design. You can experiment with patterns, colors, and themes.

*Step 6: Assemble the Pinwheel*

Gently fold every other corner with a cut line towards the center, aligning the hole in the center. Secure by placing the holes through the brad.

*Step 7: Attach the Straw*

I used scissors to create a small slit through both sides of the straw and fed the prongs on the brad through the slits. then I “wrapped the prongs loosely around the straw to hold it in place. The straw will serve as the handle and support for your pinwheel.

*Step 8: Spin and Enjoy!*

With everything securely in place, take your pinwheel outside and give it a gentle blow or place it in a spot with a light breeze. Watch as your colorful creation spins and adds a touch of enchantment to your surroundings. Pinwheels made from cardstock, jumbo plastic straws, and a brad are not only easy to create but also provide endless opportunities for customization. From decorating garden parties to adorning your child’s room, these charming pinwheels are sure to capture the hearts of anyone who sees them. So gather your materials, let your creativity flow, and enjoy the process of making these delightful pinwheels that are as fun to create as they are to watch spin!

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