DIY Shower: Playful Pinwheels

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Pinwheels. When you think about it they're really simple. A few pieces of folded paper on a stick ... a little bit of wind ... and suddenly you're 5 years old again! (Woohoo!) Who can resist them? We've never been able to -- and it seems neither can Kari Herer of Kari Herer Photography, Christina Wnek of 2 Fresh Threads, or Pam Albert of Papier Gourmet. So it may not surprise you to hear that when Kari sent us this cuter-than-cute DIY tutorial this week on how to create these little joyful whirligigs, Elizabeth and I had to make just a few of them. (For Elizabeth's kids of course! Definitely not for us). :) We had so much fun yesterday making and playing with these. Wouldn't they be a fun baby shower favor?  Or an unexpected detail on your table setting?  There's so many possibilities!  We think you'll also become a little bit smitten with Kari, Christina, and Pam's too cute pinwheel tutorial. We promise it will make you smile.

Materials list:
12 inch Wooden Dowels - Drilled about 1/2 inch down on one end. The drilled hole should be the same diameter as the Wooden Tie Pegs
Wooden Tie Pegs {we found ours at Michael's}
We printed our paper double sided to match the colors of our shower as well as added our tag line on one of the petals
Grommet tool
Large Grommets
Wood Glue
Hole Punch
Wood Saw

Step-by-Step Instructions:
1. Cut out 6 petals from your favorite paper {double sided looks best} using the template provided.
2. Punch 2 holes into each petal - one at either end, fan out petals evenly and secure them with a large grommet.
3. Stack the other end of each petal onto the second grommet. Then use the grommet tool to secure the petals into place. (This part can be a bit tricky)

Photography: Kari Herer and Christina Wnek / Planning & Design: Pam Albert of Papier Gourmet / Shower: Pinwheels and PomPoms

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