Although the groundhog saw his shadow last week, many spring brides-to-be are busy getting themselves into spring mode and preparing for all the warm weather weddings that are just around the corner. And with spring weddings come amazing spring DIY projects, like one of my personal favorites: the pinwheel!
Pinwheels have been popping up in playful outdoor weddings, in event design, on holiday tablescapes and much more for the past couple years, and the reason is this: they’re seriously cute! Here are a couple great ways I’ve seen them used…
Perfection, right? Ready to learn how to make some fun and playful pinwheels for your upcoming wedding or event? If you’re a Cricut user, creating pinwheels is actually really easy!
- Cricut Craft Room Free Online Design Tool
- Cricut Essentials Cartridge (there are also a variety of pinwheel cartridges available)
- Cardstock of choice
- Wooden pencils
- Paint color of choice
- Straight sewing pins (with a flat top)
- Bead of choice (for center of pinwheel)
- Wire cutters
To create your pinwheels:
- Paint your pencil the color you’d like the pinwheel stick to be. Set aside to dry.
- Add a bead to the end of a sewing pin. Set aside.
- Use Cricut Craft Room to create and lay out your pinwheel. Wanting to work with the cartridges I already had, I merged a couple shapes together to create my pinwheel — four of the “corner” images from the Cricut Essentials cartridge (which comes with a new Expression 2) placed into a square shape, a circle for the center and small circles (.097 diameter) where the pin will need to go through. See below…
- Cut your design on your cardstock of choice, and carefully peel it off the mat.
- Carefully bend each flap towards the middle, placing the pin through the hole of each flap one-by-one until all flaps are connected. Then place the pin through the center hole.
- Push the pin through the eraser of your pencil. Test the pinwheel for pin length to make sure it spins, then cut off the sharp point with your wire cutters. Push the now dull edge of the pin flush with the eraser so no one gets poked, and ta-da! You now have a pinwheel!
You can experiment with tons of papers, sizes and more! For a really cool look, use double-sided paper or stick two contrasting pieces of paper together. There is really no limit to the types of pinwheels you can create!
Posts in the Wedding Crafting with Cricut series include:
- Cut-out Number Save the Dates & Custom Envelopes
- Vinyl Name/Monogram Sign
- Paper Flowers
- Fifth post TBD
Cricut Coupon Code
If you haven’t purchased your own Cricut yet or you need to stock up on new cartridges and other accessories, here’s a coupon code you might be interested in using! Use the code “PlungeFree” for free US shipping on Cricut products now through March 1!
Disclosure: Provo Craft provided products free of charge in exchange for this series.
Image credits from top: As You Wish, Pinwhirl Parties, Rule42 on Etsy
About Nicole Denton
With a love of planning just about anything — from her own wedding, to bridal and baby showers, to dinner parties, and more – Nicole is the Plunge Project’s founder and editor-in-chief. A New Jersey native, Nicole has called Chandler, Arizona home since 2013, where she currently lives with her husband Michael; two pit bulls, Shelby and Link; and cat, Kity Perry. A University of Tennessee graduate, Nicole has a bachelors in communications and a career at a rapidly-growing digital marketing firm.