Saturday, June 26, 2010

Patriotic Pinwheel Overkill.....


I got a little carried away making pinwheels this week.  Once I figured out how easy they are to make, I was spitting them out left and right.  Most of these are for "decorative use only" but I did make some real ones that actually spin, ordered of course by my kids.  They asked, "Mom, why are you making so many pinwheels when they don't even work?"   Because they're pretty!!

I made some patriotic cupcakes with mini pinwheels glued on toothpicks. 

My boys REALLY loved this craft.  I think after I snapped the last shot, ten cupcakes disappeared leaving the 3 inch frosting behind.

My extra paper scraps from the larger pinwheels worked perfectly for the toothpick pinwheels. 

Next, I made a pinwheel banner with a little rhinestone in the middle to finish it off.


I made some pinwheels on sticks for my flower pots....

And, a multi-colored pinwheel pieced together with left over scrapbook paper.  My son loved this one the best.  He sat beside me while I glued and glued,  singing all the patriotic songs he learned in Kindergarten.  I don't know how many times we sang...You're a Grand Old Flag....

And then I made a huge, gargantuan pinwheel for my door.  You could make it spin if you want to. Yeah, I did go a little crazy making pinwheels...

I used 52 cent, two toned poster board from Target.  For the stars I stenciled on some white stars.
In the middle, I put a small pinwheel made from scraps, topped with a star ornament.

I found the best directions for making pinwheels at Woman's Day. It's really simple.  Make a square, draw an X, cut in on the lines, leaving about an inch or more from the center depending on size of square. Fold in every other corner.  I used a glue gun for my "decorative" pinwheels.  For a working pinwheel, use a pin or tack and push into a straw and then into the back of an eraser head...at least that's what Woman's Day said.
You can use tacks and attach into wood dowels too.

I like the look of the double pinwheel.  I took my mini pinwheels and centered them on the regular sized pinwheel and added a little hot glue. 

I think it dresses up the regular old pinwheel.

When all my pinwheel making was done, my son asked me if he could have his favorite.
This is what I found on his door this morning. 
 All my craft blogging is rubbing off on him. :)

Nicole and I have just a few more patriotic projects we want to share with you, so stay tuned!





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17 comments:

Katie said...

Those are adorable! I love that your son chose one, too. Too cute!

~ Regan said...

Wow, that IS easy looking! I do that too, making tons of something I love at that moment in time. I really like the idea of the large on on your door, what a fun way to show your red white and blue!

Jen@Notes From the Heartland said...

I had NO idea these were so simple to make. Yours are beautiful! And i LOVE the big one on the door!!

ShadowCase said...

Oh, I am so making these to go along with the patriotic cupcakes I already had planned for baking day with my kids. Thanks for the inspiration!

ificould said...

so cute! I'm featuring this post today...

Ali@Honey and Maple Syrup said...

Ooo, I love pinwheels! Is there really such thing as too many pinwheels? I love what your son did with his =)

Kenzie said...

I love the pinwheels! They are adorable, especially the garland!

kathy said...

There is no such thing as being to patriotic... these pin wheels are super cute

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Kelsey said...

These are super cute!

I just gave you an award here: http://tatteredandinked.blogspot.com/2010/06/playing-catch-up-blog-awards.html

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

Overkill? On pinwheels? Not with a nearly-3 grandson running around! Then put them on cupcakes? You just made me "Grandma of the Year"!

Maybe you'll stop by & share @ Fab Finds for the Fourth. (I'll give some other grandmothers a chance.) It opens tonite @ 9 pm PST.

{ L } said...

Thank you, thank you for the tips!! I just made these last night and was SO frustrated trying to secure the middle with elmers white glue, lol. Of course a hot glue gun is my answer!! :D

Your pinwheels are incredible and SO beautiful. And I SMILED big when I saw that last photo of what your son did with his...adorable.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I love pinwheels, they are so festive and fun!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I adore your patriotic spirit. It is red, white and bluetiful!

I hope you'll stop by for my bbq on an Anthropologie inspired white tablecloth. :)

Holli said...

Love love all your fun patriotic ideas!

We would love for you to stop by and check out some of our own fun ideas at www.simplyhomeandfamily.blogspot.com
Thanks for the inspiration.

Sarah @ The Clueless Homeowners said...

So cute! I have to make these next year.

★All Thingz Related★ said...

Very fun! Thanks for joining us for another great Anything Related! ~Bridgette

Heather said...

LOVe love love these!!!

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