Spinning Pinwheel

This pinwheel can be made using design paper and items found around the home. It's so simple a child can make it. Give it a try!

Watch the pinwheel go! Spinning video

You will need...

Materials:

  • < For 1 pinwheel >
  • Design paper printed on A4 size paper 1 sheet (We recommend a thick, sturdy paper such as Matte Paper Heavy Weight (Premium Presentation Paper Matte).)
  • Bendable straw 1
  • Toothpick 1
  • Handle the toothpick with care to avoid injuries.
  • If you don't have a straw, you can use disposable chopsticks or some other type of stick instead. Use a pushpin or something similar if you don't have any toothpicks.

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • Cutter (for making the decorative stand)

Before you start

  • Make sure you have your design paper ready in advance.
  • Don't forget, you can print design paper using the smartphone app "Epson Creative Print". If your model comes with a design paper option built in, you can print it straight from the printer.

How to

  1. Cut the printed design paper in half. We will use 1 piece of the cut paper to make 1 pinwheel.
  1. Make a crease by folding as shown in the picture.
  2. Open it again, and then fold another crease as shown in the picture.
  3. Cut the area indicated with a black line in the picture.
  4. We will use the square piece with the creases in it.
  1. Use the pen to mark a dot on each crease at a point about 2 centimeters from the center.
  2. Using the scissors, make cuts along the creases from each of the four corners to the dots marked on the paper.
  1. Put glue on 4 of the pointed ends (shown in blue in the picture).
  2. Attach the glued parts toward the center one after another.
  3. This fixes the ends to the center by folding them one by one.
  4. Once the 4 points are fixed, the pinwheel wings are finished.
  1. Pierce the center of the wings through the front with the toothpick.
  2. Insert the tip of the toothpick into the bendable straw.
  3. Your pinwheel is complete!
  4. Be careful not to injure yourself!
A decorative stand can be made using the leftover paper form step five.
  1. Make mountain folds at the locations shown in the picture with the dotted lines, make a cut in the center where the cross is using the cutter, and apply glue to the blue section.
  2. Attach both ends to arrange the shape as shown in the picture.
  3. Decorate by inserting the straw of the pinwheel into the cut in the stand.

—Style 1—

The pinwheel can also be made by replacing the straw with disposable chopsticks, and the toothpick with a pushpin.

Leaving a little space between the wings and the disposable chopsticks or other type of stick when affixing the wings will allow the wings to spin very well.

It's also fun to make them with patterns printed on both sides of the paper, like the pinwheels in this picture.

—Style 2—

Using twigs gathered from outside instead of straws or disposable chopsticks might add another layer of charm to your pinwheel!

These pinwheels were also made with paper printed on both sides.

—Style 3—

Print design paper patterns onto craft paper or other types of paper to create a more subdued impression.

—Style 4—

It's also cute to make them using paper printed with photographs instead of design paper.

Printing Design Paper

You can choose from 20 pre-installed design paper patterns on the printer.

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Epson Creative Print

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