Stamped Pinwheels

These pinwheels are a great project to do with your kids on Independence Day or will even work as decor for your 4th of July BBQ – mine are going in my planters! You can also make them for other events, holidays, weddings, or as a birthday craft (party favor).

You'll need:
Paper cut to 12" square
Star Rubber Stamp
United States Stamp
White Ink (Color Box Pigment Ink: Frost White)
Quilting Pins
Small piece of eraser
Dowels cut to desired length
Thumb Tack
Craft knife or Scissors

Stamp the Star Stamp and United States stamp all over one side of the paper. Allow to dry.

Make a hole in the top of your dowel with the tack then set aside.

Lay your paper stamped side down, and use your ruler to draw diagonal lines from each corner to make an “X”.  Mark the center of the pice of paper by poking a hole with the tack. 

Cut along the diagonal lines, from all four corners, stopping 1 1/2 inch before you meet the hole in the center of your paper.

Use your tack to make a hole in the right hand corner of each side of the square, just to the left of the line you just cut. 

One by one, bring each of the four pin-holed corners to the center and stick the quilting pin through each of the four holes. 

Pin through the hole in the center of the square, insert the piece of eraser to hold the pinwheel in the pin, and bend the quilting pin at a 90 degree angle with the pliers. (This is the trickiest part)

Put a drop of super glue on the hole in the dowel, and quickly insert the pin that runs through the pinwheel center into the glue and dowel. Allow to fully dry before spinning. You also may have to finagle the pin a bit once you have it outside and it seems to be getting caught on the dowel. 

You can see a quick video of the finished product in my Instagram!

Enjoy my homies, Spin Away!

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