The 4th of July is just a few days away. Looking for a fun activity to get your kids excited about Independence Day? Try this easy patriotic pinwheels craft, shared by our Blog Ambassador Stacy of Kids Stuff World.
Besides using up children’s artwork, they also make great photo props and handmade toys to take along to local parades and family get-togethers this summer.
- Melissa & Doug Swirl ‘n Spin Art
- Red, White, and Blue Paint
- A pencil
- Paper Straws
- Metal Brads or Thumbtacks
*Optional: Tape, Glue Dots
After our creations were dry, we marked X’s on the back of our squares with a pencil and used markers to create graphic lines and squiggles all over the back.
Using our pencil line as a guide, we cut each square from the corners diagonally leaving about 1/4 of an inch from the center on each line.
Next, we laid out the squares with the paint side facing up an folded one corner of each triangle into the center
Using your finger to hold the corners down, continue folding until every other point meets in the middle to create the pinwheel.
You can use tape, glue, or any medium you like to hold the pinwheel together. Here we used a thumbtack to pierce through all pieces in the center and adhere to the paper straw.
* Metal brads are safer for kids, but we used what we had on hand. If you use metal brads, you might need a small hole punch or thumbtack to create the holes you’ll need to secure the pinwheel in the center.
We made a video to show you the entire process, click to see How to Make Patriotic Pinwheels.
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