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Pinwheel Party Favor DIY + Free Printable

by Amanda Jane Jones

I’ve always had a soft spot for pinwheels. No matter how old I get, I have a feeling I’ll always enjoy them. Click the link below to download the template…follow the simple step by step instructions and you’ve got a colorful party favor, decoration or even activity for your next party! 

Tip: If these colors don’t match your next party, just print off the template and use paper of your own! 

Step 1: Gather supplies (cutting board, ruler, scissors or exacto knife, pins, and pencils or straws). Print off colors and patterns of choice (front + back). Mix and match the colors and stripes to your hearts content.

Step 2: Place your template on paper and cut around edges. The template fits two squares per page, so space accordingly! Use the diagonal lines to cut your flaps.

Step 4: Fold your flaps parallel with the cut. Make sure the end reaches beyond the middle of the pinwheel. (see details above)

Step 5: Take a pin and poke a hole through the end of each flap. Once through all four flaps, press through to the back of your pinwheel.

Step 6: Push pin through the eraser of a pencil. Test the pinwheel for pin length, then cut off the sharp point with scissors or wire cutters. Push the now dull edge of the pin flush with the eraser. They stay put very well…but just to be safe you can always glue it in place.

These pinwheels take very little time to make. They are fast and fun and perfect way to add some color to your next party. Click the link below to download.

  1. Sarah Park @ Sweetbox

    January 17, 2012

    These paper look kind of Kate Spade -ish. I love it!!!!

    Thanks for these fabulous printables!!

  2. rachael

    January 17, 2012

    very cool!

  3. Janis

    January 17, 2012

    cute outfit there in that last photo, ms amanda!

  4. Luisa Brimble

    January 17, 2012

    oh wow!!!! thank you for this. looks so cool. i might include it in Beth’s party favours for her 6th birthday party next week. how awesome.

  5. Supal {chevrons and eclairs}

    January 17, 2012

    Oh how fun! I’m thinking of having a spring time outdoor dinner party in March. These would be a nice touch.

  6. rhiannon

    January 17, 2012

  7. nicole j. wroblewski

    January 17, 2012

    i agree with sarah park above. these have a lot of kate spade flare… colorful, whimsical. super cute.

  8. Hannah @ Sparrow + Spark!

    January 17, 2012

    These are super fun!

  9. Jessica

    January 17, 2012

    Oh my goodness pinwheels! I once put pinwheels all over my friend’s yard for her birthday.

  10. Cristina Mas

    January 17, 2012

    They are lovely!

  11. Emma

    January 17, 2012

    Ahhh!!!! stop being so good and cute and awesome!!!!!

  12. Alexa

    January 17, 2012

    Super cute! May have to use them for my daughter’s birthday party! 🙂

  13. Brittany

    January 18, 2012

    this is my fave DIY you’ve done, Amanda. I love the styling, the grey background, the last photo, the color combos, the stripes, the geometricness of the pinwheels. love it.

  14. Natalie

    January 18, 2012

    Gorgeous! I too am a pinwheel addict! Thanx for the template and sharing the loveliness!


  15. Solidea

    January 18, 2012

    easy and cool… perfect!!

  16. Marie

    January 18, 2012

    How fun! I love the solid color and pattern combo. 🙂

  17. Brittany Lauren

    January 18, 2012

    Oh, I just love pinwheels! Makes anyone smile —I used them as seating card for my wedding and they were a big hit! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  18. Rose

    January 19, 2012

    how cute and a wonderful childhood memory!

  19. holly- almost 40 year old intern

    January 19, 2012

    love these! so fun and playful! my fave are the bold black and white stripes with the hot pink!

  20. Ana

    January 19, 2012

    That’s so fun! Thanks for the download!


  21. Jess (Where My Heart Is)

    January 21, 2012

    Oh I love these – do you think my daughter will let me make these for her 20th birthday party next month 🙂

  22. Sarah

    January 22, 2012

    Love the yellow and striped one!

  23. Pen

    January 23, 2012

    My pinwheels are not spinning? Help!

      • jordan
      • January 23, 2012

      Move the pin around in the paper to make sure the hole is big enough.

  24. Eva @ Sycamore Street Press

    January 24, 2012

    These are adorable, Amanda. I just realized you’re the same Amanda who was in my printmaking class at Alt, right? And the designer for Kinfolk? I just got my first issue in the mail, and I love it.

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