These pinwheel windmills are easy to make, and a fun thing to do with your family even if it isn’t such a windy day.
- Choose either some origami paper with different patterns on the front and back, or lay two sheets of different coloured paper back to back.
- We chose A4 paper which we cut into squares.
- Fold the paper from corner to corner, and cut along ¾ of the way from the corners in towards the centre, stopping short of the centre.
- Fold one corner into the centre, skip a corner, fold the next corner and so on, until you’ve gone around. Secure the folds with a DoddleSticker in the Centre.
- For these we hot glued some pinboard tacks into DoddleCaps, which we pushed through to the centre.
- Next comes the tricky bit. It took us ages to figure out a way to get this to work….
- Get some 3mm barbeque skewers and cut them into lengths of about 4 cm. Place the skewer near the exposed pin and slide a plastic bead from Tiger (link?) onto the two. Carry on sliding another 2 or 3 beads onto the skewer.
- Get a wide straw, and punch a hole about 2cm from the top with a hole punch, and feed the beaded skewer through the punched hole. Slide a wider (6mm) bamboo skewer through the straw, past the beaded bamboo skewer.
- On the other side of the beaded skewer, feed through another bead, and wedge in another pinboard tack at the end.
- Wind some washi tape round the base of the straw where the wider bamboo skewer is so that it doesn’t move up and down.