Sunday, June 12, 2011

"P" is for Pinwheel

July 4th pinwheel tree.



 Red, white and blue gets me every time.


I made 50 fabric pinwheels and attached them to a large branch.



I used glass ball headed straight pins to hold the pinwheel together in the center:



Here's how I did it:

1. Using scraps of red, white and blue fabrics I made about 50 pinwheels using this method.

2. I made 3", 2 1/2" and 2" squares for this tree.


3. After the fabric squares were ready I used a glass ball headed straight pin and stabbed through the four corners then down the middle to form the pinwheel:
* Before you stab down the middle dab some hot glue on your pin to keep it all in place.


4. Keeping about 1/8" of the pin shaft I bent off the remainder with pliers.


5. Apply hot glue and stab tiny pin shaft into branch:


Unfortunately my pinwheels don't actually spin but I like them just as they are.





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27 comments:

Carolyn said...

This is so totally cute!! I might try this as well, but figure out a way to make them spin--its been pretty windy here so it might work! Love it love it!

Heidi said...

This is too cute and festive!

Lesley Litrento said...

Love this.....so creative. Thanks for the 'how to' as well!

The Outlaw Mom said...

Just discovering pinwheels and love yours! Thanks for the tutorial :-)

elizabeth said...

That tree is darling!!!

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

How fun is that? It's really cute, Jamie!

Bekki said...

What a cute tree! I did one for Valentine's with various hearts, but I love the pinwheel idea. Now if I only had the time...

radn@HouseonAshwelllane said...

I love how you have dispayed the pinwheels! lovely centerpiece.

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Kimberley said...

Great craft for the 4th! Hi! I'm your newest follower from the Monday hop. I hope you'll come visit me and follow me back at http://mommychosis.blogspot.com

Thanks and have a wonderful week!

Okio B Designs said...

Jaime - you amaze me. I was in love with the berry sign and now this. Adorable!

Jeanine

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

I love the pinwheel tree...thanks for sharing the tutorial!!!

Pamela said...

Such a cute idea! You have me thinking abt making some larger ones and hanging them from our porch ceiling. My boys would love it!

Sarah said...

Cute idea! ~ sarah

The Beetle Shack said...

this is stunning!

Jann Olson said...

I've heard of a bottle tree, but never a pinwheel tree. Very cute. It would be so fun for the fourth of July! We do an outdoor breakfast. Hmmm, maybe I'll have everyone make a pinwheel.
Visiting from Wow us Weds.

Jennifer said...

This is darling Jaime! I bet when there is a breeze it is fun!
Jen

Julie said...

Super cute & unique!

Tanya @ Greetings From the Asylum said...

I love the contrast between the insides and the outsides of your pinwheels. They are so pretty! Thanks for sharing!

Darla said...

I wonder if you used stiffy glue on them if they would spin? Totally cute idea I agree.

Ashley said...

this is SOO cute!!! love it:) great tutorial

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Really cute idea! I'm guessing you just ironed two different prints together with some fusible web?

Fishtail Cottage said...

So very cute! Thanks for sharing over here at Cottage Flora Thursday's! xoxo, tracie

btanders said...

Very cute and fun. Thanks for sharing!

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freckled laundry said...

That is so cool. I love it! Thanks for linking with Air Your Laundry Friday! xo Jami

Leslie said...

What a fun idea!

Kirsten @ Mushki Loves said...

THis is ADORABLE! Such a fun idea! I need to make some of these! I am your newest follower! Iwould love it if you stopped by and followed me back!

Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper said...

How cute is this!? I love pinwheels and the tree adds a great element. I hope you'll link up to my Patriotic Project Parade going on now through July 4th.

http://www.itsybitsypaperblog.com/2012/06/patriotic-project-parade-linky-party.html