I found a pinwheel pattern in a magazine so I thought I'd try my hand at making some pinwheels of my own.  Print a whole bouquet of pinwheel toys and put them in your flower pots and other places where they'll get some breeze and make your world more colorful.

Pinwheel toys can make great party favors for a children's birthday party.  Stick a pinwheel, made with a straw or popsicle stick, into a cupcake for each child and place on their place setting.  Or try using small paper cups filled with jelly beans, or other small candy as a base.  

In fact, why should kids have all the fun.  Use pinwheels to decorate a garden party or a baby shower.  Use  votive candle holders or shot glasses filled with colorful small candies to hold the pinwheels for place holders that double as party favors.

Make a bunch of pinwheel toys and take them to your local hospital or nursing home.  Stick them into potted plants, by the windows, and brighten up their rooms.  

You can make a base for the pinwheels out of a cube of florists foam, or a styrofoam disc, and decorate it with silk flowers for a Cheery Pinwheel Centerpiece.  You could use a small terra cotta flower pot, weighted with pebbles with a small disc of florists foam for a simpler design

What You'll Need

Pinwheel print out


Glue Stick

Drinking Straw

Straight Pin

Clear Tape (not shown)

Pencil Eraser or Earring Stopper (not shown)

Pinwheel Assembly Instructions

Cut out the two joined pattern squares as one piece.

Fold in half, along the black line, so one pattern is on each side and glue together.

Cut along the diagonal lines from the corners toward the center.

Bend every other corner toward the center, being sure they overlap in the center.

Insert the pin through the four points and center, then through the eraser or earring stopper and into a popsicle stick, dowel, pencil or straw.

Bend the sharp end of the pin down and secure to the shaft with the tape.

Here are your pinwheels to print:

Brights & Pastels

Purples & Pinks

Reds & Blues

Stars & Stripes


X Marks the Spot

You will need Adobe Reader (the latest version is recommended) installed on your computer in order to open and print these pinwheels. You can get Adobe Reader (a new window will open so you can download it without leaving this page).

If you want to open the file in your browser window, just click on the link.However, if you want to download the file to view later, then right-click on the link and choose "Save Target As" or "Save File As." Then select where you want to save the file on your hard drive.