Easy DIY Pinwheels

by Lane' Bigsby on Wednesday, December 14, 2011

in DIY

I’ve been asked on several occasions how I made all the pinwheels at our wedding.  I used pinwheels as they reminded me of my grandmother who always had them in her garden.  Pinwheels are super easy to make – trust me, if I can do it, you can too!

I searched high and low on the internet, reading tutorial after tutorial yet none of them quite worked how I wanted them too.  So, I came up with my own version.

Supplies for Pinwheels

  1. 12″ x 12″ double sided scrapbook paper
  2. Floral pins
  3. Wooden dowels and/or skewers (skewers are great if you’re sticking the pinwheels in the ground)
  4. Beads
  5. Drill
  6. Daisy shaped craft punch
  7. Scissors (a paper cutter also works great to cut the paper in quarters)
  8. Ruler


  • {figure 1} Using the daisy (or similar flower) craft punch, make one small flower per pinwheel.
  • {figure 2} With the drill (1/4″), drill a hole approximately 1″ from the top in your dowels/skewers.

DIY Pinwheels Step 1 and 2

  • {figure 3} Measure and cut several 6″ squares using your scrapbook paper.
  • {figure 3} Use your ruler and draw a diagonal line from each corner to form an “X”.
  • {figure 3} Cut along each of the lines from each corner, stopping about an inch from the center.
  • {figure 3} With your floral pin, make a hole in the center where the lines meet.
  • {figure 4} Place one bead and one floral paper cut-out onto the floral pin.

DIY Pinwheels Step 3 and 4

  • {figure 5} With your pin, bead and floral paper cut-out, poke it through one of the corners.
  • {figure 6} Going around the pinwheel, do the same with every other corner until the four corners meet, being careful to not crease/flatten the paper.  Push the pin through the center of the square.
  • {figure 7} Place 1-2 beads on the pin on the back of the pinwheel then push the pin into the pre-drilled hole on your dowel.
  • {figure 8} Gently bend the back of the floral pin down so it lays flat with the wood dowel and secure it with tape (any clear tape will do).
DIY Pinwheels Step 5 to 8
Give em’ a whirl because you’re done!

As I said, there are MANY variations on how to make pinwheels.  I tried a few others but found this to work the best for me.  Here are a few other options:

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About the Author

Lane' Bigsby is the owner, buyer and stylist for Something Borrowed Portland Vintage Rentals. She regularly blogs on a variety of wedding and event related topics such as styling and decor tips, latest trends, and wedding inspiration. Connect with her via: Facebook, Instagram, Google, Pinterest, and Twitter

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1 Missy Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Thank you soo much for this tutorial!! Your wedding looked amazing!! Your pinwheel is the only pinwheel idea I found that actually works!! My fiance and I are using pinwheels as escort cards with everyone’s names and table numbers on them!! Soo cute!! :)


2 Lane' B. Friday, September 21, 2012 at 3:27 pm

You are welcome! I, too, had tried several different tutorials before taking bits and pieces from them all to come up with this which worked really well.


3 Ruth Vallejos Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Excellent! No glue! I’m making red, white & blue pinwheels for our fence and the garden for 4th of July (and to keep the birds away from the strawberries!).



4 nicole Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 3:51 pm

These are great and I’m planning to make them for my wedding! I was wondering though, you cut the 12″ paper squares down to 6″ right? And then how long and thick are the dowels?


5 Lane' B. Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 10:15 am

Hi Nicole! Yes, with the 12″ paper you cut them down to 6″. You can surely leave the paper at 12″ if you want a bigger pinwheel. The wooden dowels came from Michaels in their craft section. I believe they were also 12″ long and about 1/4″ in diameter (they come in packs of 25 or so).


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