party pinwheels

I’ve been busy preparing some fun decorations for Gavin’s birthday party and wanted to share the pinwheels first.

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I used the same “Life of the Party” (BasicGray) paper that was used from the party invitations.  This paper is really great for pinwheels because it’s two sided, the front has a beautiful pattern and the backside is a solid bright coordinating color.  With pinwheels you see both sides and these pinwheels really show off this great collection.

This is my first time making pinwheels and I choose to do 6 inch squares.  They turned out quite large though so next time I’d like to experiment with varying the sizes with 2, 3, 4 & 5 inch squares.

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I’ve placed four pinwheels in each square vase and added sand so that I can vary the heights.  I am going to have two of these pinwheel vases on each table with third vase holding circular happy birthday sign.  (want to make sure the centerpieces  are in groupings of three)

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Supplies/Tips:

I haven’t made pinwheels before so I followed the instructions found on this site.

  • wooden dowels- 1/4 x 12 inches tall: soak the dowels in water first to get them soft before pushing the tack into the wood. This was a great tip from Martha Stewart’s pinwheel tutorial.
  • washers-for the backside between the paper & dowel (these help let the wheel spin)
  • spectrum thumb tacks ( from the Container Store)-these worked great because they have such a large round top.  I tried little small push pin map tacks but they didn’t do a good job with this size pinwheel.  The colors also work really great with these papers.  I have some brads that came with this collection but unfortunately I couldn’t figure out a way to get them to work since they are not sharp/pointy.

I like the pennant paper the best!

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Stay tuned….Next up I am going to share another party decoration.

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