Stacy Shares: Patriotic Pinwheels Craft

The 4th of July is just a few days away. Looking for a fun activity to get your kids excited about Independence Day? Try these easy patriotic pinwheels created by our blog Ambassador, Stacy Teet of Kids Stuff World.

Besides using up children’s artwork, they also make great photo props and handmade toys to take along to local parades and family get togethers this summer.

How to make patriotic pinwheels for Independence Day

Supplies Needed:

Optional: Tape, Glue Dots

We started with an afternoon of crafty fun using the Melissa & Doug Swirl ‘n Spin Art machine. I limited the kids to red, white, and blue paint, but other than that let them do whatever they pleased.

After our creations were dry, we marked X’s on the back of our squares with a pencil and used markers to create graphic lines and squiggles all over the back.

Using our pencil line as a guide, we cut each square from the corners diagonally leaving about 1/4 of an inch from the center on each line.

Next, we laid out the squares with the paint side facing up an folded one corner of each triangle into the center

Using your finger to hold the corners down, continue folding until every other point meets in the middle to create the pinwheel.

You can use tape, glue, or any medium you like to hold the pinwheel together. Here we used a thumbtack to pierce through all pieces in the center and adhere to the paper straw.

* Metal brads are safer for kids, but we used what we had on hand. If you use metal brads, you might need a small hole punch or thumbtack to create the holes you’ll need to secure the pinwheel in the center.

patriotic-pinwheel-video

We made a video to show you the entire process, click to see How to Make Patriotic Pinwheels

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Stacy Teet of KidsStuffWorld.comThis post was brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Stacy Teet. Stacy is the mom behind KidsStuffWorld. Her writing is chock-full of tips for enjoying parenthood, saving money, entertaining your kids and making your family’s life a bit simpler.

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