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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Celebrate Freedom Blog Hop Day 3

This blog hop runs from July 1st through July 4th. If you are coming from Lisa's Blog you’re on the right track. If you just joined us, you can go back to the beginning  HERE and hop along with us.We’ve had so much fun creating this hop, and we have a wonderful line up with some oh-so-talented creators. You will see some lovely projects having to do with celebrating freedom and the 4th of July theme and have a chance to win some blog candy along the way, including some grand prizes which are being sponsored by Lisa from Honeybearz Designs and she is the first blog on the hop. 
In order to be eligible for the grand prizes you must leave a comment on every blog in the hop and become followers to all the ladies in the hop also. Be sure to come back everyday between July 1st and July 4th because all blogs in this hop will post a new project each day. Lisa from Honeybearz Designs will be picking the grand prize winners from all the comments left throughout the 4 days. 

Here is a list of the complete lineup for this hop

Janet: <----Here

Now on to my project for you today =D 

Make your own Paper Pinwheel

Pinwheel Pinwheel Spinning Around. Look At My Pinwheel and See What I found. If you were born in the late '70's early '80's, you might remember the tune to this song from Nickelodeon on a show called "Pinwheel." Well truth is...I can't stand the song but it was stuck in my head when I was making these lol!!! 

Supplies you will need:

2 sheets of double-sided cardstock

buttons, paper flower or other embellishment for the center

2 1/8"-3/16" eyelets (you will also need some eyelet pliers, they usually come with a hole punch attached that you will also need)

wire, 18 gauge

wood bead 1/2"-5/8" in diameter or plastic beads work fine too

18"wood dowel, 5/16"-3/8" in diameter (also a drill to make hole)

ribbon for dowel

craft glue

1. First thing you might want to do is drill a hole in the dowel.

2. Download the svg and scut files for this pinwheel over at Paper Pastime's Blog HERE
3. Cut out the circle in the center of the pinwheel pattern or use a 1" circle hole punch. You will need two circles cut from the cardstock. Punch a hole at the center of one circle.
4. Place the 2 cut out pinwheels together face up to where they are locked with spokes on top.
5. Attach the eyelet at the center to hold them together. I tried using a Crop-a-dile and gave up as it was squishing my eyelet too much so I would try using the regular eyelet setter
6. You need to bring each spoke to the center, one a time, attaching them.Both eyelets should be centered if it's done correctly. You need them to be centered so that the wire can easily go through both holes to form a straight line.
7. You can use your craft glue to attach ribbon around the dowel.
8. Take your wire and cut about a 12" piece. Bend the wire about 3/8" from the end.

11. Slide the hold-punched cirle onto the bent end of the wire. Then glue the other circle on top so that the bent end of the wire is no longer showing.
12. Cut out flowers for the center and glue them on top of the circle and then add your button in the center.
13. Slide the flower pinwheel through the other end of the wire until it reaches the spindle.
14.Add the wooden or plastic bead. Slide the wire through the hole of the wooden dowel. Leave some space between the bead and dowel so that the pinwheel will have room to spin.
15. Finally, wrap the remaining wire around the top of the dowel tightly.

Over at Hello My Name is Heather's blog she provided the step by step instructions and diagrams as a pdf download...included is a printable template to cut out the pinwheel if you don't have a cutting machine...

check it out HERE
Another great tutorial and a cut file for a different look take a look HERE 
Thank you for hopping by! I will be offering blog candy at the end of the hop so all you need to do is leave a comment each day on my posts and become a follower =D Easy Peasy! I will reveal the blog candy in tomorrow's post. Now you are hopping along over to Deborah's blog to see what amazing Celebration project she has in store for you today!


  1. So COOL! All your projects have been sooo fun with lots of helpful links! judy
    jejaeb at cfl dot rr dot com

  2. Love your pinwheel! That's a perfect decoration for the 4th of July.

  3. Super cute pinwheel. I really love the colors you chose and the step by step instructions:) Awesome!! TFS!
    Sherrie K
    jskoning at msn dot com

  4. Great pinwheel
    perfect as a decorative piece
    I am a follower and look forward to returning to see what you are up to

  5. wow awesome pinwheel thanks for the step by step instructions! i'll have to try it. thanks for sharing im a follower.

  6. This is so cool! I am going to have to try this! I remember the pinwheel song that just shows my age. TFS!


  7. what fun memories of playing with pinwheels. thanks for sharing

  8. Wow! That's really detailed and intricate! Very pretty!
    melissaseme at yahoo dot com

  9. Very cute! My gsons LOVE pinwheels..They will love these..thanks

  10. Love your project, I became a follower,

  11. perfect pinwheel.. Great idea to put it in a vase

  12. I love the pinwheel! So pretty!

  13. Thanks for the directions and links.

  14. Great tutorial and project. I have been meaning to make one of these, but alas, too much work. You did a fantastic job.

    Smiles Sher

  15. Beautifully done -- I love how you put them in the glass vases with the shredded papers too!


    Ellen ♥ CardMonkey

  16. Great pinwheel - my Mom loves pinwheels! Thanks for the great instructions!
    New follower!

  17. Love your pinwheels. Thanks for showing us how to make them. I am a follower. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

  18. Very cute pinwheel project. TFS and the chance to win. I am a follower. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

  19. Love these, I want to make these with my nieces
    krazykcrafters at msn dot com

  20. Great pinwheel. Thank you so much for sharing.

  21. LOVE your pinwheel!!! TFS!!! :-)

    -Sam :-)

    SamanthaJDesigns @

  22. Your Pinwheel looks fantastic! You did a wonderful job making it!
    top29gun at gmail dot com

  23. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

    nginerd at gmail dot com