You must remember making these as a kid?  Paper windmills have recently received a bit of a revival thanks to the wedding industry, but you don’t have to be getting married to enjoy these lovelies.  Here’s a step-by-step of how to make your own.

What you need:

  1. Pretty paper/card (any square piece will do, but I found that scrapbooking card works really well, since it’s already square.  I cut up each page to make four windmills)
  2. Split pins
  3. Straws or sticks
  4. Craft knife and scissors
  5. Ruler

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Measure the middle of your square page, and make a small X with your craft knife.

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From each of your corners, cut a line toward the middle of the page (about half of the distance between the corner and the cross).

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You’ll see that your page now looks like four triangles joined in the middle.  Using your craft knife again, cut a small cross on one of the outer corners of each triangle (make sure you do the same corner for each one).

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Take the corner of your first triangle, bend it over towards the center of the page, and push the split pin through the cross.

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Take the second tringle, place the corner underneath the first, and push the split pin through the send cross.  Continue until all four triangles are done.

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Now push the split pin through the cross that you made in the center of the page.

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Now you can push the pin through the straw, and open it to secure (you may need to make a small incision in the straw first).

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That’s it!  You can use the windmills to jazz up the table for your next tea party, or what about make tiny ones as cupcake toppers?  Have fun!

(Disclaimer:  These are “wannabe” windmills that don’t actually turn, and are purely for decorative purposes.  To make turning ones, use thicker card and cut holes for the split pins).

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One thought on “Loving… paper windmills”

  1. We call those pinwheels in the U.S. Windmills pump water into troughs for animals to drink from, or to remove water from land, as they do in Holland.

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