Easy Christmas Crafts: Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament
Our Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament requires just a few inexpensive materials and tools.
Each paper pinwheel wreath ornament takes a small piece of paper cut into circles and squares along with a short length of yarn or string.
The tools are also simple - scissors, ruler, pencil and glue are the main tools.
Take a look at these five finished Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornaments.
The paper pinwheel wreath ornament is simple. By using different papers, the variety can be endless.
Easy Christmas Crafts: Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament Materials and Tools:
Paper - uses less than a six-inch square
String (or yarn) 10 inches long
Glue (inexpensive glue in a tube)
Compass for drawing circle (optional - instead use a round object with a two-inch diameter)
Take a look at the simple materials and tools shown here.
The Steps for How to Make the Easy Christmas Crafts: Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament:
Cut two 2-inch circles and 12 1-inch squares from the paper.
You can use a compass set at a 1-inch radius to make the circles. Or, find a round object (like a drinking glass) that has a 2-inch diameter.
The diameter can range from 1 3/4 to 2 1/8 inches if you have difficulty finding an object exactly two inches in diameter.
Draw a pencil line vertically through the center of one of the circles.
Draw a second line horizontally through the center that is perpendicular to the first line.
The two lines divide the circle into four equal quadrants. This is the face of the front circle.
Cut the string (or yarn - I used crochet yarn size 10) for a length of 10 inches.
Apply glue to the wrong side of the back circle.
Position both ends of the string over the glue to form the hanging loop.
Place the front circle with its crossed pencil marks over the string and glue on the back circle matching the edges and pressing firmly.
Begin folding the 1-inch squares.
Fold from the nearest corner roughly 1/3 of the shape and form a sharp point at the left corner.
Fold the farthest corner toward you and form a point at the left corner.
The result is a flattened cone shape with a folded point on the left and the remaining flat corner on the right.
Fold all twelve of the 1-inch squares in the same way.
It's important that the flaps are positioned the same way on all of the folded cones for the Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament.
Three cones will go into each of the four quadrants defined by the pencil marks on the front circle.
Add glue to the outer flap of the first cone.
Though it seems easier to apply the glue to the circle, you have more control and less glue on your fingers if you apply the glue to the cone instead.
Position the fold-edge of the flap next to one of the pencil marks.
Position the cone's folded point at the center where the two pencil lines cross.
Follow those same steps placing the next cone adjacent to the cut-edge of the previous cone.
The three cones fit inside the first penciled quadrant.
The next three cones complete the first half of the circle for the Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament.
Continue adding the cones to fill the third quadrant.
After completing the fourth quadrant, allow the glue to dry.
The finished Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament hangs and looks very much like a pinwheel ready for a child's puff of breath.
Now, hanging on a tree, this provides a slightly different view of the finished Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament.
By varying the types and colors of paper, you can make a variety of these Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornaments.
This version was made with green on white patterned holiday paper glued to white circles.
Similarly, this red pattern on white background paper was glued to red paper, which can be barely seen from the front of the Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament.
Next, a blue and white patterned paper was glued to circles of white paper.
For a different look, this Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament used solid red paper for the front and for the circles.
The options are almost endless. You can use holiday paper for the front and inexpensive paper for the circles.
This would be a wonderful project for children to color as well. They could color different designs on white paper before cutting the 1-inch squares for each Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament to be different.
This Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament project is a great family project. Each person can make their own unique ornaments if making just a few. Or, if you plan to make many, each person can do one of the tasks whether it is cutting, folding or gluing.
Whether young or young-at-heart, people of all ages can enjoy this easy Christmas crafts project for a paper pinwheel wreath ornament.
A few inexpensive materials and tools makes this Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament simple, fun, and inexpensive for anyone to do.