Quick ‘n Easy Giant Paper Pinwheels {Free Template}

Let’s make DIY pinwheels, but not just any paper pinwheels, let’s make giant ones! This is one of the best summer crafting ideas for kids. Use our printable pinwheel template with some simple supplies like colored paper, pin and pencil, to make the most amazing homemade pinwheel.

Summer wouldn’t be summer without colorful pinwheels spinning in the breeze. We’ve started making Giant Color Popping Paper Pinwheels, ready to plant in the flower beds as soon as Sammy Sunshine decides to visit and stay awhile! and yes Sammy we want you to stay for a long while!

giant diy paper pinwheels - three spinning paper pinwheels on wooden dowels shown
Let’s make paper pinwheels!

Summer is fast approaching, and we are giddy with anticipation in our house. I can’t wait to spend some extended hours outside with my daughter, after the endless cold, wind and rainy this spring, and with that in mind am making lists of fun diy garden games and Summer Crafts to keep us both entertained.

DIY Paper Pinwheel Craft for Kids

The essence of these color popping pinwheels is the strong color contrast. Onto colorful craft paper we glued some contrasting wrapping paper but you have a few options when making yours:

    • Invite your kids to paint, stamp, draw on the craft paper to add a gorgeous individual art patterns to each pinwheel.
    • Layer rows of washi tape or duct tape on the craft paper to add your contrast side.

Short Video: How to Make Giant Paper Pinwheels

Begin by downloading the pinwheel cutting template here

Reduce or enlarge the template for a variety of pinwheel sizes, palm size or giant…. you decide.

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Supplies Needed to Make Giant Paper Pinwheel Craft

  • Multiple sheets of colored paper: wrapping paper, scrapbook paper, construction paper
  • Glue
  • Ruler
  • Exacto knife
  • Cutting pad
  • Hole punch
  • Small pinwheels: pencil with eraser & stick pin with beaded end
  • Giant pinwheels: wooden rod, eraser, pin & button
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Printed pinwheel template pdf on paper size of your choice – see red text above to download.

Directions for DIY Pinwheelgiant diy paper pinwheels

Step 1

First glue your contrast paper onto your craft paper, and with a scissors or craft knife use the cutting template to cut out your pinwheel square.

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Step 2

Cut diagonal lines in from each corner as shown (don’t worry the guidelines for the length of line are on the template).

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Step 3

Next punch every second corner, as shown, and another hole in the centre of the pinwheel.

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Step 4

And then start folding in the corners.

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Step 5

I put a drop of glue under each corner to hold the corners together while we worked on the handle – Miss7 didn’t have the patience to stay holding!

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Step 6

Make sure the holes are all lined up.

Make Pinwheel Spinning Mechanism

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Small Pinwheel Spinner

For small palm size pinwheels it’s super easy – just bend a pin and stick it in to the top of a pencil eraser!! so cool!

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Giant Pinwheel Spinner

For the giant ones I used a wooden rod, eraser, pin and button.

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Step 1

And it’s as easy as this – chop a cube off the eraser, dig out a little hole in the eraser and push in the stick.

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Step 2

Thread the pin through the pinwheel holes, I used a button in front for two reasons, one because it was a cute one, and two the button would prevent the pin head making it’s way back through the holes.
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Step 3

When the pin feeds back through the holes it simply continues through the eraser cube and depending on how long the pin is you might need to bend it back through the eraser to protect little hands from any pointy bits!

More Summer Crafts & Fun from Kids Activities Blog

  • We have a huge selection of 5 minute crafts to cure those little spurts of boredom.
  • Whoa…so many fun summer activities & ideas for summer play.
  • Follow our simple giant bubble recipe to make the best homemade bubbles…ever!
  • Check out our big list of DIY summer crafts for kids…adults love them too.
  • Teachers and parents love this list as summer crafts for preschoolers.
  • Looking for outdoor water games for hot summer days?  We have you covered and cooled down.
  • Download & print these fun summer coloring pages for kids.
  • An ultimate summer craft is tie dye!  Check out all these ideas for tie dye patters and designs the entire family will love to make.
  • Pinwheels aren’t the only diy wind spinners craft we have here at Kids Activities Blog…so many fun things to craft!
  • Let’s make a colorful suncatcher craft to hang in the summer sun.

How big did you make your DIY pinwheels?


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