The paper pinwheel is a classic summer craft. If you haven't tried making it yet, you'll find our tutorial and templates quite useful.
Pinwheel craft


  • Paper or card stock
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Pencil with eraser
  • Push pin
  • Bead (optional)
  • Crayons or markers (optional)

Safety Tips

  • Keep the push pins out of young children's reach.
  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help.. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.


Step 1 Pinwheel craft 1. Start out by cutting two identical squares from paper or card stock. If you are keen on using templates, you can choose two from any of our pinwheel templates and print them out on Letter or A4 size paper or card stock.
Step 2 Pinwheel craft 2. You can leave the squares plain or color and draw some patterns or designs.
Step 3 Pinwheel craft 3. Cut out both paper squares.
Step 4 Pinwheel craft 4. Glue the undecorated sides of the squares together. Remember to apply glue not just along the edges, but on the entire back area of the squares.
Step 5 Pinwheel craft 5. Cut along the 4 diagonal dotted lines.

*If you're not using templates, cut the square halfway to the center.
Step 6 Pinwheel craft 6. Gather the four corners towards the center without creasing the paper. You may glue the ends in place or just hold them together with your hand as you do the next step.
Step 7 Pinwheel craft Ask for an adult's help.7. Insert a push pin at the center. If you did not glue the ends of the paper in Step 6, the push pin should hold all four ends together. Wiggle the push pin around to make the hole a bit larger.
Step 8 Pinwheel craft Ask for an adult's help.8. Push the pin onto a pencil's eraser. Don't push on too tight to allow the pinwheel to spin more freely.

*As an option, you may put a bead or small button between the paper and the eraser. This helps the pinwheel rotate better and prevents the pin's point from going through the other side of the eraser.
Step 9 Pinwheel craft 9. Finally, try blowing at the edges of the pinwheel to make it spin. Loosen the pin a bit if the blades do not rotate well. Enjoy!

More Ideas

Patterned pinwheel Recycle old calendars, greeting cards, thick gift wrap paper or other types of patterned paper to make a colorful pinwheel.
4th of July pinwheel craft Make an easy 4th of July pinwheel by decorating one side with stripes and the other side with stars. You can print out striped and starry templates from our pinwheel templates page.