I’m half way into my Twelve Days of Bookish Crafts Blogmas and I have to say I’m really enjoying it. The crafts that I’ve been making are really simple, but as I put them around the house they instantly make the place feel a little more festive and it’s quite calming sitting and making some little decorations, either by myself or even better with Phoebe as we chat about our projects and life.
Today’s craft couldn’t be much simpler, a book page pinwheel with a snowflake button sewn into the centre. But it looks really good, or I think it does, and you can imagine how it will look when it’s hung on a tree with fairy lights shining off the snowflake button.
To make the pin wheel you will need:
- Needle and thread
- Decorative button (I bought my snowflakes from ebay)
- String for hanging
How to make a snowflake pinwheel decoration:
- Cut your book page in half so you have a long, thin strip of paper. A maths whizz could probably tell you the minimum width to length ratio needed to get the pinwheel to fold into a circle. I’m reasonable at maths but my head isn’t in that place right now, but if your paper strip is too wide then your pin wheel won’t fold.
- Fold your paper into a concertina, then fold this in half to find the middle point.
- If you’re only planning to make a pin wheel you can staple the mid point or wrap string tightly around it to secure it. To sew the snowflake button in place, I’d recommend sewing thread through the centre point of the concertina and then sewing through this on both sides and through the button to secure this to the exterior of your concertina.
- When the button is in place, glue the edges of your paper together on one side to form an arc.
- Then repeat this on the other side.
- Carefully make a hole in the paper and thread through to hang.
The collage below has come out quite low res, but it gives you the basic idea for making the pinwheel.