Tuesday, December 4, 2012

DIY Pinwheel Garland

Last night I decided to be a little crafty and started making garland for my mantel! For my first run, it didn't turn out too bad. The plan is to make at least two more strings.


Step 1:
Pick your paper. I used a recycled text weight paper. Choosing coordinating patterns and colors for the paper is fun too. Choose scissors or a paper cutter, and adhesive (I used tape). Cut 2 strips of paper, equal length and width, depending on the size of the pinwheel you want (thicker strips = larger pinwheel).

Steps 2 and 3:
Evenly fold (like an accordion) the 2 strips of paper. Make sure the widths match! (Note: smaller folds make tighter pinwheels. Larger folds are looser. I made several of each size – to mix it up. Once you have the strip folded like an accordion fold the entire strip in half. Next tape the inside edges together. Now you have one half of the pinwheel

Step 4: 
 Take two half pinwheels and secure the edges together. To ensure the pinwheel looked like a circle  not an oval I pulled my string through the middle and tied a little knot. This also creates a garland look if you do not cut the string.

Ta-da now you have one pinwheel on your garland string

It took me an hour or so to make nine pinwheels and attach them to string. Tonight I might enlist some help from the hubs!

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8 comments:

  1. This adorable Tiara! LOVE this! Actually wish I had thought of it for our mantel!! ;)

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    1. Thanks! I'm thinking about mixing up the other two strings with some color, but we'll see what happens Thursday :)

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  2. This is a really cute idea...I love it!

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    1. Thanks! I got the idea from a friends wedding last March! She used maps.

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  3. This is absolutely adorable! It is also so versatile. I would love to make oodles of this in different colors for a birthday party! Thank you so much for stopping by Home Everyday!

    Take care,
    Erin

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  4. Wow, super cute! It looks so great on your mantel. I really really like it :)

    b

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  5. This looks so cute! And it looks perfect with the rest of your mantle decorations!! Stopping by from the blog party!

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    1. Thanks Megan!I hope to have the mantel done for the link up on Thursday!

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