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Easy Christmas Crafts: Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament


Our Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament requires just a few inexpensive materials and tools. Each paper pinwheel wreath ornament takes a small piece of paper cut into circles and squares along with a short length of yarn or string. The tools are also simple - scissors, ruler, pencil and glue are the main tools.

Take a look at these five finished Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornaments.

Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament five finished

The paper pinwheel wreath ornament is simple. By using different papers, the variety can be endless.

Easy Christmas Crafts: Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament Materials and Tools:

  • Paper - uses less than a six-inch square
  • String (or yarn) 10 inches long 
  • Ruler to measure paper and string  
  • Scissors to cut the paper and string
  • Glue (inexpensive glue in a tube) 
  • Pencil
  • Compass for drawing circle (optional - instead use a round object with a two-inch diameter) 

Take a look at the simple materials and tools shown here.  

Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament materials and tools

The Steps for How to Make the Easy Christmas Crafts: Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament:

Cut two 2-inch circles and 12 1-inch squares from the paper. You can use a compass set at a 1-inch radius to make the circles. Or, find a round object (like a drinking glass) that has a 2-inch diameter. The diameter can range from 1 3/4 to 2 1/8 inches if you have difficulty finding an object exactly two inches in diameter.

Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament step 1 cut circles and squares

Draw a pencil line vertically through the center of one of the circles.

Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament step 2 draw vertical diameter

Draw a second line horizontally through the center that is perpendicular to the first line. The two lines divide the circle into four equal quadrants. This is the face of the front circle.

Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament step 3 draw horizontal diameter

Cut the string (or yarn - we used crochet yarn size 10) for a length of 10 inches.

Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament step 4 cut yarn

Apply glue to the wrong side of the back circle. Position both ends of the string over the glue to form the hanging loop.

Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament step 5 glue yarn to back

Place the front circle with its crossed pencil marks over the string and glue on the back circle matching the edges and pressing firmly.

Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament step 6 glue front over yarn

Begin folding the 1-inch squares. Fold from the nearest corner roughly 1/3 of the shape and form a sharp point at the left corner.

Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament step 7 first diagonal fold

Fold the farthest corner toward you and form a point at the left corner. The result is a flattened cone shape with a folded point on the left and the remaining flat corner on the right.

Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament step 8 second diagonal fold

Fold all twelve of the 1-inch squares in the same way. It's important that the flaps are positioned the same way on all of the folded cones for the Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament.

Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament step 9 make all twelve the same

Three cones will go into each of the four quadrants defined by the pencil marks on the front circle.

Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament step 10 three in each quadrant

Add glue to the outer flap of the first cone. Though it seems easier to apply the glue to the circle, you have more control and less glue on your fingers if you apply the glue to the cone instead.

Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament step 11 place glue on flap

Position the fold-edge of the flap next to one of the pencil marks. Position the cone's folded point at the center where the two pencil lines cross.

Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament step 12 place fold on line

Follow those same steps placing the next cone adjacent to the cut-edge of the previous cone. The three cones fit inside the first penciled quadrant.

Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament step 13 first quadrant finished

The next three cones complete the first half of the circle for the Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament.

Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament step 14 second quadrant finished

Continue adding the cones to fill the third quadrant.

Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament step 15 third quadrant finished

After completing the fourth quadrant, allow the glue to dry.

Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament step 16 let glue dry

The finished Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament hangs and looks very much like a pinwheel ready for a child's puff of breath.

Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament step 17 finished and hanging ornament

Now, hanging on a tree, this provides a slightly different view of the finished Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament.

Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament red and white

By varying the types and colors of paper, you can make a variety of these Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornaments.

This version was made with green on white patterned holiday paper glued to white circles.

Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament white and green

Similarly, this red pattern on white background paper was glued to red paper, which can be barely seen from the front of the Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament.

Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament white and red

Next, a blue and white patterned paper was glued to circles of white paper.

Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament white and blue

For a different look, this Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament used solid red paper for the front and for the circles.

Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament red on red

The options are almost endless. You can use holiday paper for the front and inexpensive paper for the circles. 

This would be a wonderful project for children to color as well. They could color different designs on white paper before cutting the 1-inch squares for each Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament to be different. 

Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament five finished hanging on tree

This Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament project is a great family project. Each person can make their own unique ornaments if making just a few. Or, if you plan to make many, each person can do one of the tasks whether it is cutting, folding or gluing.

Whether young or young-at-heart, people of all ages can enjoy this easy Christmas crafts project for a paper pinwheel wreath ornament. 

Have fun!

A few inexpensive materials and tools makes this Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Pinwheel Wreath Ornament simple, fun, and inexpensive for anyone to do.


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