How-to: Create Upcycled Pinwheel Party Decorations

You need perfect squares to create pinwheels, and the easiest way to do this is to fold your paper over at an angle, like so:

pinwheel square folded

Then trim off the excess, like this:

pinwheel square cut

You’re left with a perfect square of paper! Now you just need to trim about 1/3 of the way down each corner of the paper, toward the center, so that your paper looks like this:

pinwheel corners cut

Once all of the trimming is done, it’s time to fold! This part can be a little bit crazy-making, and we discovered a method that takes a lot of the cussing out of folding your pinwheel.

Next>> Fold your pinwheel

Written by Becky Striepe

My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .


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