Circle Pinwheels Tutorial

by Tammy on January 25, 2011

I love to take my punches and find new ways to use them. A few months ago I posted a tutorial to show how I created these flowers out of heart punches. I needed something new for a layout I am working on. After punching some different double sided pattern papers into circles of various sizes, I came up with this new pinwheel creation.

Style 1

The supplies you will need to create the Style 1 circle pinwheel are:

  • 4 circles punched from double sided pattern paper (I used the Paper Shapers 1.75″ circle punch ). You can use whatever size punches or dies that you have.
  • 1 circle punched from cardstock in a contasting color to act as a base for the pinwheel (same 1.75″ size)
  • 1 brad
  • Adhesive
  • Paper piercer or push pin
  • Optional – a bone folder or popsicle stick and distress ink (or ink of your choice) to ink the circle edges

Step-by-step Instructions

1. If desired, ink edges of all your circles except the cardstock base circle. Fold your pattern paper circles in half. Use the bone folder or popsicle stick to reinforce all of the folds.

2. Next, fold up one edge of the circle from the bottom corner to the side edge, to create what I’m going to call a quarter moon fold.

3. Repeat this fold on the other three circles, making sure that all four circles have folds going in the same direction, from the same bottom edge.

4. Next, take your cardstock circle and fold it in half. Unfold and then fold in half again the opposite way, so that you can find the center of the circle. Poke a hole in the center using a paper piercer or push pin.

5. Next, add adhesive to the backside of the folded circles and then attach each to the cardstock backing so that the folded edge of the pattern paper circle aligns with the folded line on your cardstock circle and the quarter moon folds meet in the center.

6. Repeat with the remaining folded circles. Make sure that you don’t cover up the poked hole in the center of the cardstock circle.

7. Once all the folded circles have been attached, poke the brad through the center hole and fasten.

Style 2

The supplies you will need to create the Style 2 circle pinwheel are:

  • 4 circles punched from double sided pattern paper (I used the Fiskars Ex Lg 2″ circle punch)
  • 4 smaller circles (I used the Fiskars Large 1″ circle punch)
  • 1 circle punched from cardstock to act as a base for the pinwheel (2″ size)
  • 1 brad
  • Adhesive
  • Paper piercer or push pin
  • Optional – a bone folder or popsicle stick and distress ink (or ink of your choice) to ink the circle edges

 Step-by-step instructions

1. If desired, ink edges of all your circles except the cardstock base circle. I used Pumice Stone distress ink.  Fold your pattern paper circles in half. Use the bone folder or popsicle stick to reinforce all of the folds.

2. Follow steps 2-6 in the Style 1 example above.

3. Next, fold the four smaller circles in half, so they resemble half moons.

4. Add adhesive to the back side of the smaller circles and adhere them with the half moon going in the opposite direction so that the half moon tucks into the larger pattern paper circle folded flap on one side and the fold lines up with the fold line of larger pattern paper circle on the other side.

5. Repeat with the remaining smaller circles.

6. Once all the folded circles have been attached, poke the brad through the center hole and fasten.

Style 3

The supplies you will need to create the Style 2 circle pinwheel are:

  • 4 circles punched from double sided pattern paper (I used the Paper Shapers )
  • 4 smaller circles punched from double sided pattern paper (I used the Fiskars medium )
  • 1 circle punched from cardstock to act as a base for the pinwheel
  • 1 brad
  • Adhesive
  • Paper piercer or push pin
  • Optional – a bone folder or popsicle stick and distress ink (or ink of your choice) to ink the circle edges

 Step-by-step instructions

1. Ink edges of all your circles except the cardstock base circle. I used Vintage Photo distress ink.  Fold your pattern paper circles in half. Use the bone folder or popsicle stick to reinforce all of the folds.

2. Follow steps 2-4 in the Style 1 example above.

3. Next, add adhesive to the backside of the folded circles and then attach each to the cardstock backing so that the folded edge of the pattern paper circle aligns with the folded line on your cardstock circle and the quarter moon folds are facing out.

4. Repeat with the remaining folded circles. Make sure that you don’t cover up the poked hole in the center of the cardstock circle.

5. Finish with steps 3-6 from the Style 2 example above.

I created all of these examples with scrap pattern paper. I like the versatility you can get in using double sided paper and the various ways you could fold and attach the circles. I think I like the examples with solid on one side and pattern on the other, best.

In the last example, I don’t think there is as much contrast between the patterns I chose here as there is with a pattern and a solid. I think this example might turn out best with a solid color on the front and the pattern paper facing out. I will try it that way next time!

I hope you will try these pinwheels on some of your spring projects! I know I’ll be praying that the groundhog does not see his shadow next week. I’m ready for spring.

So what is going on in your world today?

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{ 14 comments }

1 mary pat January 25, 2011 at 10:06 am

love these!! going to have to try these out!! tfs@!!!!

2 Tammy January 25, 2011 at 11:46 pm

You are welcome! :)

3 Becky G January 25, 2011 at 11:05 am

Tammy these are fantastic! Thanks for the fun tutorial today!

4 Tammy January 25, 2011 at 11:47 pm

You are very welcome! Glad you enjoyed it.

5 tracy January 25, 2011 at 12:35 pm

These are so fun. I think I may have to try #3 for my mini I am working on. Thanks for sharing.

6 Tammy January 25, 2011 at 11:47 pm

You are welcome! So glad these are inspiring everyone. :)

7 Scrappnbee January 25, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Thanks for the tutorial! Love the flowers/ pinwheels! They remind me of spring! Is it spring yet?

8 Tammy January 25, 2011 at 11:48 pm

Oh how I wish it was spring already! Soon. At least I keep telling myself that. :)

9 Deb Wisker January 25, 2011 at 3:55 pm

very cool!

10 Tammy January 25, 2011 at 11:48 pm

Thanks! :)

11 Sue January 26, 2011 at 8:47 am

These are all wonderful! Think I’m partial to the BG. Love the inking – really makes a difference!

12 Tammy January 26, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Thanks Sue! I think that Pyrus collection was one of my favorite BG collections ever. I still love it so this pinwheel is special! :)

13 Renee C January 27, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Super layout and I love the pinwheels. Thanks so much for the great tutorial!

14 Kim @ It's a Crafty Life January 29, 2011 at 5:15 pm

{love} this! Thanks so much for sharing!

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