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Mini Pinwheel Charm Craft

Mini Pinwheel Charm Craft

Total Time 2 to 3 hours Ages school-age

Put a fanciful spin on your summer style with a paper pinwheel that can be donned as a twirling ring, a ponytail charm, a pin, or even a shoelace decoration.

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What you'll need

  • 2-inch square of colorful scrapbooking paper
  • Scissors
  • Pushpin
  • 24-gauge wire
  • Pipe cleaner
  • 2 seed beads (we used size 6/0 E)
  • Needle-nose pliers

How to make it

Mini Pinwheel Charm - Step 1

1. Cut 1-inch slits at each corner of the paper square. Use a pushpin to poke 5 holes in the square, as shown.

Mini Pinwheel Charm - Step 2

2. Wrap the middle of a 4-inch piece of wire around the center of a 4-inch section of pipe cleaner and twist the doubled wire to secure it in place. Push the ends of the wire through a seed bead, then through the hole in the center of the paper.

Mini Pinwheel Charm - Step 3

3. Working counterclockwise, thread the wire through the holes in the paper points, being careful not to crease the paper.

Mini Pinwheel Charm - Step 4

4. Slide another seed bead onto the wire. Trim the wire 1/2 inch above the bead and use pliers to twist it into a small circle to hold the bead in place.

Mini Pinwheel Charm - Step 5

5. Wrap the pipe cleaner around your child's finger and twist the ends together to secure it. Wrap the excess pipe cleaner length around the ring, or trim the ends.

6. Instead of wearing it, wrap the pinwheel around the top of a pencil.