How to Make Paper Pinwheels: for Halloween

How to make Paper Pinwheels

Halloween Paper Pinwheels

With fall fast approaching, all I can think about is Christmas crafts! I know, I know, too soon. But all the craft ideas that I could come up with were for Christmas! Until a friend gave me the idea of pinwheels. And I knew they would be perfect for a quick paper project.

I had a stash of Halloween paper left over from last year that would be perfect for this project. You only need a few materials to put this simple craft together, so let’s get started!



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  1. Double sided scrapbook paper cut in 6″x 6″ squares
  2. Ruler
  3. Pencil
  4. Sewing pin
  5. Small bead
  6. Wood skewer
  7. Needle nose pliers
  8. Hot glue gun (w glue stick obviously)
  9. Scissors

The lighter your paper is, the faster your pinwheel will spin. Scrapbook paper worked perfectly. The double-sided paper gives it a nice look. If you don’t have any on hand, solid color paper will work just as well.

These pinwheels are super easy to make and can be used for any occasion. They would make great party favors for a birthday party.

Cut your paper into 6 inch by 6 inch squares. Fold in half diagonally, open it up and do the same from the other end.

Next measure 3 inches up from each corner and mark it with a pencil. You don’t need a large mark just a small dot. Using the scissors, cut up to this dot.

Poke a hole into your wooden skewer with your sewing pin or a thumb tack.

Use the sewing pin to poke a hole into every other cut corner. You can bend the sewing needle now or wait til the end. I waited til the end as I found it easier, but if you’re doing this with children, bending it ahead of time may be easier for them. It’s just a matter of preference.

Poke the sewing pin through the hole in one of the corners, then follow with each corner, until you have them all on the pin. Finally, poke it through the middle and push it all the way through so the pin is sticking out of the back. Slide the bead onto the pin and then slide the pin into the wooden skewer.

This is the point that I bent my pin. So if you haven’t yet, bend it now. Then holding it with the needle nose pliers, hot glue the pin down to the wooden skewer. This ensures the pin stays in place and also that your kids don’t poke themselves with the pin.


Wasn’t that fun and easy?! Great for a quick craft with the kids or for quick party favor.

Check out the video below to see how I put my Halloween pinwheels together.


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2 thoughts on “How to Make Paper Pinwheels: for Halloween

  1. These are so adorable! I’ve been intending to make some paper pinwheels as cupcake toppers, but have completely forgotten about it, so thank you for the reminder! It hadn’t even crossed my mind to make them “spinable”, so I think I’ll have to make some larger “real” ones too!

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