I made these awesome paper pinwheels for my daughter’s Sunshine Birthday Party and I am excited to share the full tutorial with you! There are already plenty of pinwheel / medallion tutorials out there, but I’m going to give you some shortcuts and tricks that you won’t find elsewhere. So if you want to make a bunch of these relatively quickly that are going to look great, actually stick to the wall, and not require precise measuring – read on!
Supplies for Paper Pinwheels
- Colorful scrapbook or wrapping paper (the larger the sheets, the bigger the pinwheels you can make)
- Double sided tape
- Hot glue
- Cardboard scraps
How to Make Paper Pinwheels (the Easy Way!)
6. Here’s the best trick of all! I owe my husband for coming up with this genius idea for how to create a flat, sturdy surface for the pinwheel to adhere to the wall. As you can see the folds of the pinwheel don’t make for a great surface. You could try putting a bunch of masking tape on the back and hope it sticks, but there’s a good chance it will fall off the wall at some point during your party.
So what we did was first cut 3 small strips of cardboard and stapled them to the back side of the pinwheel and then folded them over:
We then put a piece of double-sided tape and hot glue on top of each, so we could adhere a bigger piece of cardboard to create a flat hanging surface:
From here you could just put a couple big loops of painters tape or masking tape and hang on the wall! Mine stayed up on the wall for several days before I finally brought myself to take them down. They are so pretty, I think they would make a neat permanent arrangement in a nursery, dining room, office, etc. If you plan to do something more permanently, you might want to try something more like 3M Command Strips.
7. Finally, on the front of the medallion, I hot-glued a circle of card stock to form the middle:
And that’s it! You can see I purchased a few tissue paper fans to incorporate along with the paper ones I made. I just hot-glued a card stock circle in the middle of those as well: