How to Make a Pinwheel Ornament Out of Recycled Paper

[ 0 ] December 19, 2009 |

Today Beth Curtin shares this fabulous craft project to do with kids. This is a great use for old magazines and the pile of catalogs that seem to come daily this time of year. Find more cool crafty ideas on her blog, Acorn Pies.

Here are Beth’s easy-to-follow intructions:

My child and I made these together. Prepare some small squares of recycled paper glued back to back. You could use a retired calendar, magazine photos, or last year’s Christmas cards. We used a butterfly calendar. These squares measure about 3 inches across.

When the glue is dry, crease on the diagonal in each direction.


Cut into the center on each crease, but not all the way, or your pinwheel will fall apart.


Bend the left corner of each triangle into the middle, making the points overlap. Sew the layers together with a needle and thread.


Glue a handle to the back of your pinwheel. We used a piece of skewer. A toothpick or twig would also work nicely.

When the glue is dry, tie thread to the top of the handle and hang your new ornament on the tree!

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Beth Curtin

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Beth Curtin is a portrait artist who primarily works in artist’s colored pencils out of her studio in a mill building in Pawtucket. She also enjoys crafts such as knitting, sewing, crocheting, handspinning and toy-making. Her blog, Acorn Pies, emphasizes the joys of art, nature, and outdoor play and publishes craft and toy-making tutorials. In addition to her portrait work, she is currently creating a series of hand-colored lino prints of children at play. These lino prints and Beth’s crafts are available online in her etsy store, www.primroses.etsy.com. Beth is married to Bill Curtin, a professor at Brown, and they have three children: Nicholas, 23, is an executive chef in New York City; Cammie, 20, is studying neuroscience at Middlebury College; and Peter, 8, loves to figure out how things work. Learning and creativity figure large in the life of Beth’s family.

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