Festive 4th of July Decoration: DIY Fourth of July Pinwheels {Kids Craft}

by Lisa Renata on June 25, 2013 · 2 comments

in Kids, Kids Activities & Crafts

DIY Fourth of July Pinwheels {Kids Craft}

Note from Melanie: July 4th is just around the corner, which means fun 4th of July celebrations! Check out these festive DIY Fourth of July Pinwheels you and the kids can make! Our amazingly creative contributor Lisa will show you how, using items she found at Walmart. {Sponsored content}

Grilling, soaking in the sun, kids running, laughing, eating…then later in the day, looking up high in the sky for breathtaking fireworks – those are the things I think of when someone says Fourth of July – that plus red, white, and blue. I thought it would be fun for the kids and I to make festive pinwheels for the 4th of July to decorate around the lawn. They kind of remind me of fireworks and are much easier to make than it seems. Just follow these simple steps!

DIY Fourth of July Pinwheels {Kids Craft}

Materials Needed:

  • assorted 8 1/2 x 11 card stock and/or craft paper in festive 4th of July colors
  • long, thin wooden dowels
  • assorted buttons in festive 4th of July colors
  • hot glue gun (and glue sticks) or craft glue

Materials Needed for DIY Fourth of July Pinwheels

Note: You can find most of these materials at your local Walmart.

How to make Fourth of July Pinwheels:

Begin by cutting off 2 1/2 inches from the length of the paper. This will leave you with a perfect 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch square. See photo below.

Prepping for DIY Fourth of July Pinwheels

Next, draw a line from corner to corner creating an X. I drew mine with a sharpie pen so you could see it clearly, but I recommend you do it with a pencil, lightly marked. Once lines are marked, you will need to cut 4 1/2 inches directly on the line, starting from the corner towards the center. See photos below.

How to Make Fourth of July Pinwheels

How to Make Fourth of July Pinwheels

To fold and glue your pinwheel, follow the steps below. For this step, I prefer using a glue gun. Craft glue will also work, but it will take longer to dry. If you do use a glue gun, make sure your little one is supervised, we don’t want any burned fingers!

How to Make Fourth of July Pinwheels

Once you have folded and glued all four sides, add the button.

Making Fourth of July Pinwheels

You’re almost done! To finish your Fourth of July pinwheel, you’ll need to glue the stick to the back. Yes, this means they’re stationary pinwheels – they’re not meant for spinning, only for decoration purposes. Finally, just to make sure that stick stays put, I like to reinforce it with a bit of pretty washi tape as seen below.

Festive DIY Fourth of July Pinwheels

You’re done! Have a fun Fourth of July!

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Lisa Renata, SaboraCajeta.com Lisa Renata is a proud multicultural Latina of Mexican, German and Japanese descent. She and her husband of German, Scott-Irish descent are raising their two lovely kids bilingual and in a home full of diverse traditions. She holds a degree in Cultural Anthropology and is a certified Interpreter. She is also the creator of SaboraCajeta.com, where she shares her craft ideas, and her passion for sewing and photography. You can find Lisa occasionally sharing simple and fun crafts here on modernmami.com.

Disclosure: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, modernmami™ received compensation for the time and effort in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

All photos © Lisa Renata

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Suzanne Holt July 4, 2015 at 8:29 am

This craft is so creative and would be fun for all summer long. Pinned.


2 Melanie Edwards July 7, 2015 at 7:39 pm

It really is a great craft! Thanks!


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