We had a class play date at our house last week. Yes, that would be 20 some kids and a parent. I’m not sure how I get myself into situations like this. We’ve been blessed with a big house and great yard and I’m basically the only parent who is not dropping off and picking up my kid from school so with a little guilt in the mix, I enthusiastically said, “Why don’t we have the end of the year gathering at my house?”
And it really was going to be a simple affair. We’d provide the hamburgers and hot dogs and everything else would be pot luck. Silly me. Some times being a control freak comes in handy.
At the last minute, I decided it would be fun to have a few simple decorations. Along with some paper lanterns from the dollar store, I threw together a pinwheel garland. Once you learn to make one, you’ll be able to whip up an entire string in mere moments.
Double sided scrapbook paper
scissors (I used my set of Fiskars Paper Edgers)
twill tape or ribbon
To make a pinwheel, start with a square sheet of double sided paper. I used a 5 X 5 piece of origami paper but larger scrap booking paper can easily be cut down into four smaller squares.
Fold your square in half, forming a triangle. The crease will help you to mark the center.
Using a pair of scissors (I went with a pair of Fiskars Paper Edgers to fancy up my cut lines), starting from opposite corners, cut until just before the crease mark. There’s no need for the cuts to be perfectly symmetrical, just don’t cut the entire way.
Now make two more cuts following the crease line.
Place a drop of hot glue in the center of the square, and starting from the top, press down into the center one side of each “triangle”. Make sure to only glue down every other triangle point.
If needed, add another drop of glue and press a coordinating button into the center. Press and hold until the glue is set.
There you have it, one pretty pinwheel. Now make a few dozen more.
Hot glue each pinwheel onto a piece of twill tape or ribbon and hang in your favorite party decoration spot.
There you have it, a pretty piece of party decor in under an hour. Tomorrow, my advice for planning and organizing a pot luck BBQ.