Fun Pinwheel craftwork for families!

Do you know?

  • Pinwheels are used as a symbol of peace as part of the Pinwheels for Peace Project to celebrate International Peace Day on 21st September.
  • The spinning of the pinwheels in the wind is thought to spread thoughts and feelings about peace all over the world!
  • However, there are also many profound meanings related to pinwheels, such as “turning one’s luck around”, childhood innocence, wish fulfillment and freedom.


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As a symbol of childhood, pinwheels represent the times where things were simple, peaceful and joyful. Pinwheels are popular choices among many in the 1930s Singapore due to its low cost and simplicity to construct, and of course, the fun derived while watching them spin in the wind!

Remember the good old times running in the wind, watching your pinwheel spin along? Or when you spot the pinwheel spinning beside some potted plants in the balcony or corridor?

Why not relieve these fond memories once again. Come make your very own ones by following the simple step-by-step guide below!

Let the fun start now!

Making of Pinwheels


Materials needed:

  • Paper or card stock
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Pencil with eraser
  • Push pin
  • Bead (optional)
  • Crayons or markers (optional)

Safety tips:

  • Keep sharp objects like the pushpins out of reach of young children.
  • Look out for such ~ symbols! It means that adults’ assistance is required for that particular step!


1. Start out by cutting two identical squares from paper or card stock.

2.  The squares can be left plain or colored depending on personal preference. Patterns and designs can be added as well to make your pinwheel unique and more attractive!

3. Cut out both paper squares neatly.

4.  Next, glue the un-decorated (plain) sides of the squares together. Be sure to apply glue not just along the edges, but also on the entire back area of the squares!

5. As seen above, carefully cut the square halfway to the center.

6. After which, gather the four corners of the square towards the center without creasing the paper as seen in the diagram above. You may choose to glue the ends in place, or just hold them together with your hand as you continue on to do the next step.

~  7. Insert a push pin at the center carefully. If you did not glue the ends of the paper in Step 6, the push pin should do the job of holding all four ends together securely. Gently push the push pin around to make the hole a bit larger.

~  8. The, push the pin onto a pencil’s eraser. Take note to not push on too tightly so as to allow the pinwheel to spin more freely.

*Alternatively, you could consider putting a bead or small button between the paper and the eraser. This is to allow the pinwheel to rotate better, preventing the pin’s point from going through the other side of the eraser.

9. Finally, try blowing at the edges of the pinwheel to make it spin. Loosen the pin a bit if the blades do not rotate well. There you are done!

Now you can enjoy the cooling breeze and also admire how your pretty pinwheel spins along!


More ideas!


Also, you can make use of recycled old calendars, greeting cards, thick gift wrap paper or other types of patterned paper to make a colorful pinwheel!


Or you could create a pinwheel with any theme you desire just like this one! Perhaps a 1930s one-of-a-kind Singapore themed pinwheel?


Why restrict your creativity? Get cracking now!

See the wind work its magic with your very own hand-made pinwheels! Blow wind blow!



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