Tuesday, November 17, 2009

try it tuesday

Aren't these cute?

Style Me Pretty recently posted this little pinwheel tutorial for brides-to-be. And I thought, why not for moms-to-be?

Lovely sister-in-law C and I are planning a baby shower for our sister-in-law A, and I thought these would be super cute, and affordable, to add to the decor.

I started this project last night. Folding, folding, folding, while watching Gossip Girl.
The tutorial isn't an exact science — it tells you to "cut 2 strips of paper, equal lengths and equal widths, depending on the size of the pinwheel you want (thicker strips = larger pinwheel)."

So, that's what I did. In retrospect, I should have tried this out on plain paper, rather than risking the pretty paper I had chosen for the finished product. I used scrapbooking paper and cut two strips of equal width. End-to-end the strip measured about 24 inches. My fold were about 1/2 inch each. It all seemed to be working fine, but as I tried to lay them flat .. rippppp. (In my frustration, I failed to take a picture at this interval).

So I put the project aside and gave it a second chance when I got home from work today. I re-read the tutorial instructions as well.

This time, I used cardstock to help prevent rips. I also made the strip longer by combining more lengths of cardstock (= about 36 inches).

Mix of paper = not nearly as cute.

So I decided to give the first one another try. I trimmed off the ripped edges and stuck it together again with extra adhesive.

Et voila:

This Try it Tuesday is a work in progress, but overall, a pretty satisfying project if you can make it work. I'm going to get more paper and try again!


  1. You'll have to show me how to do this...I think they would be pretty on a Cristmas Tree :) I haven't made any new decorations for years...the orange juice tins were the last and that was it 2000. I'm over due.

    Love Mum XX00

  2. I just had a thought.... a good stiff wide ribbon might work well for this. What do you think? There are lots of pretty Christmas ribbon.

  3. Yes, Christmas ribbon might work ... there is also lots of Christmas scrapbooking paper out there too.

  4. Beautiful Lindsey!

    I've left you an award on my blog, come over and pick it up when you can :)