- 6 years ago
- Wedding: March 2013
The only flowers in our wedding are Real Touch calla lillies (since my future hubby has the worst allergies known to mankind) and even the lillies are minimal (bridal and bridesmaids bouquets, that’s it). I wanted to carry the “no flowers” theme (?) over to our “flower girls”, too. I got several awesome ideas from friends and other Bee’s, my favorite of which was using pinwheels. I found a couple of awesome Etsy stores (rule42, Paper Polaroid, and Mary Grace Designs), but because I’ll only need two pinwheels I decided to try the DIY route.
I Google searched “pinwheel template” and found a few that I liked, but next came the issue of the actual stick and twirly fastener (FYI: that’s the technical term). I didn’t love any of the ideas I found online (push pin, thumb tac, nail with decorative head, etc), so I put this project on the back burner…until I found this little gem at Michale’s for $5.49:
Leave it to good ol’ Martha Stewart to create a semi-DIY pinwheel kit (complete with sticks and twirly fasteners!!!).
In the kit, there are six pinwheel sets (enough for a few re-do’s). The actual pinwheel paper in the kit is double-sided, pre-cut, and pre-hole punched, but, alas, none of the kit paper matched our colors, so I purchased card stock in a print and a solid (2 pieces of each), and used the pre-cut paper from the kit as a stencil.
Before tracing the stencil onto the cardstock with a pencil, I used Elmer’s Spray Adhesive to stick the two pieces of carstock together (patterned side out). This way, you’ll get the double pattern/color effect without having to cut two pieces of cardstock per pinwheel. Be sure to use the spray adhesive in a well ventilated, protected area. I know many-a-Bee who have posted about accidently gluing their socks to the floor!
After gluing the cardstock and tracing the stencil, I used a regular old pair of scissors to cut the pattern out. I also used a hole puncher to make the holes for the twirly fastener to feed thru.
There are directions with the kit as to how you should attach the stick and twirly fastener. It is so easy, ladies!
Total Cost of DIY Pinwheels: $7.49
I also added a little black button to the center just to finish it off. My only question now is: Should I wrap the stick with ribbon or leave as-is? Thanks for your feedback!