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  • Tools & Supplies:

    • Balsa Wood Stick
    • Card Stock
    • Floral Stencil
    • Lace Fabric
    • Nail Head Wires
    • Netting
    • Pearls
    • Plastic Tube Or Straw
    • Repositionable Stencil Spray Adhesive
    • Rhinestone Button
    • Rhinestones
    • Round Nose Pliers
    • Scissors
    • Tac Glue
    • Thick Needle
    • Water Bottle Cap
    • White Satin Ribbon
    • Wood Dowel
Summer Wedding Pinwheels

Instructions:

Create Pinwheel Template

  1. Make a template for the pinwheel by cutting out paper to measure 8.5” square.

  2. Draw diagonal lines from corner to corner.

  3. Stick a thick needle into the point where the lines intersect.  

  4. Make a mark 2” from the hole on each of the four lines.

  5. Using the Testors Hobby Knife, cut the lines to the mark.

  6. Stick the needle through the corner section of every other panel.


PINWHEEL #1

  1. Airbrush one side of a 8.5” square of cardstock with silver paint.  Cover the entire surface.

  2. Spray one side of a 9” x 9” piece of lace fabric with repositionable adhesive.  Attach it to the unpainted side of the cardstock.  Spray with silver paint.  When dry, remove the lace.

  3. Use the paper template to cut the four diagonal slits in the cardstock.  Make a hole by pushing the needle through the template hole.

  4. Use the needle to make a hole in every other corner section of the square, using the template as your guide.Paint a 1” wide balsa stick white.
     
  5. From cardstock, cut out a circle or square to fit inside the bottle cap.  

  6. Put a needle through the center of the cardstock to create a hole.  Remove the needle and replace it with a 3” long nail head wire.

  7. Glue the cardstock into the bottle cap with the nail head against the cap, centered and vertical.

  8. Slip a ½” long piece of plastic tube or a piece of plastic straw over the wire.  Slide it to the bottom and glue it to the cardstock. 

  9. Guide the wire through the hole in the center backside of the pinwheel.  (A blue pinwheel is used here for photo clarity).

  10. One by one, insert the wire into the corner hole in each panel. 

  11. Place a pearl (or decorative bead) on the wire and grab the end with the round nose pliers.

  12. Push the panels down on the wire so they’re out of the way while you create a small loop in the wire end with the pliers.

  13. Glue the bottle cap to the stick.  Glue several more pearls in the center of the pinwheel.

  14. On the painted stick, write the names of the wedding couple in silver with a marker or paintbrush, or create a stencil and airbrush the names.

  15. Tie a length of 1/3 yard of netting into a bow around the stick. 


PINWHEEL #2

  1. Create a new 8.5” x ll” page in a design or text computer program.  Choose light grey for your color and type in the words “With this ring I thee wed” in a large script font.  The pinwheel pictured used Zapfino font.  Fill the page, repeating the words and print it out on cardstock.

  2. Trim the page to a 8.5” square.

  3. Turn the square over and apply the stencil.  Spray with silver paint. 

  4. Use the paper template to cut the four diagonal slits in the cardstock.  Make a center hole by pushing the needle through the template hole.

  5. Use the needle to make a whole in every other corner section of the square. 

  6. Paint the wooden dowel white.  

  7. From cardstock, cut out a circle or square to fit inside the bottle cap. 

  8. Put a needle through the center of the cardstock to create a hole.  Remove the needle and replace it with a 3” long nail head wire.

  9. Glue the cardstock into the bottle cap with the nail head against the cap, centered and vertical.

  10. Slip a ½” long piece of plastic tube or a piece of plastic straw over the wire.  Slide it to the bottom and glue it to the cardstock. 

  11. Guide the wire through the hole in the center backside of the pinwheel. 

  12. One by one, insert the wire into the corner hole in each panel. 

  13. Grab the end of the wire with the round nose pliers.
  14. Push the panels down so they’re out of the way while you create a small loop in the wire end with the pliers. 

  15. Glue the bottle cap to the stick.

  16. Using wire cutters, remove the shank from the back of a fancy rhinestone button. 

  17. Bend the loop in the center of the pinwheel to a 45 degree angle and glue the button to the wire loop.

  18. Glue rhinestones to the silver stenciled design.

  19. Write the names of the wedding couple in silver on a wide white ribbon with a marker or paint brush, or create a stencil and airbrush the names.

  20. Tie the ribbon into a bow on the stick.

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