CRAFTS AND DIY

The Perfect Summer Craft: Paper Windmill!

Paper Windmill

Did you ever make paper windmills when you were a kid? We made them in kindergarten and it was one of my favorite crafts. I can still vividly remember how much fun I had running around with them and blowing at them later.
I passed a store that sells them the other day and instead of buying one I decided to make it (or a bunch of them) instead. With Tila. Isn’t it funny how the simplest crafts usually give the most joy to the little ones?
First I thought it might be ridiculous to share this DIY with you as anyone can do a paper windmill but when I actually tried to make one I realized I can’t! I remembered a few steps but the most crucial ones I forgot! I think there might be more mamas of my kind out there and this being such a perfect summer craft I decided I need to do it.

Paper Windmill

You need:
Thick Square Paper (double sided makes a better effect)
Push/Board Pins with long needles (at least 19 mm)
Wooden Skewers (30 cm long) or a thin dowelling
A Bead (optional)
Nose Pliers (or a hammer)

Paper Windmill

First make a hole through the skewer (about 2-3cm from the top) with a pin and use a hammer if you need to (also make sure to have something like a wooden block underneath to protect the surface from damaging when the needle goes through the other end) and take it out again.

Paper Windmill

Drew the diagonal lines or fold the paper in half diagonally, open out and repeat with the opposite diagonal.

Paper Windmill

Now cut from corners along diagonal lines stopping around 2 cm from the center.

Paper Windmill

Paper Windmill

Paper Windmill

Fold the four corners to the center of the paper, puncturing each with a pin (about 5mm from the edge) and then push the pin through the center, the bead and through the hole in the wooden skewer. You can skip the bead part but I find the windmill turns better with it.

Paper Windmill

Make sure to twist the end sticking out the back of the stick down and a little towards the stick.

-Polona

To read more from Polona, go to her cute blog Baby Jungle!


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Comments (1)

Esther in Amsterdam
August 21, 2015

So simple and so sweet, it’s perfect Polona! I’m going to make this with Casper today! Thank you!! xxx


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