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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

.:Tutorial Tuesday - Pinwheel Canvas:.

I participated in the Handmade Gift Exchange that Linda, over at Craftaholics Anonymous is hosting.

My partner is the lovely Heather over at Angel Face Designs. We both have two girls and a love of jewelry! It was fun getting to know her a little bit over email.

Heather told me that she uses a lot of color in her home, so I thought it would be fun to make her a whimsical, colorful decoration for the summer season.

I had seen this one from little lovelies on Pinterest (come follow me!), so I used it as my inspiration and my directions for making pinwheels. I love how hers are out of felt!

It was super easy to make, and I have to admit; I had a hard time parting with it! It's kind of simple looking, but I just love the pinwheels and the colors! It makes me happy.

Here's what you need:

- canvas (I used 11x14, but you could do as large or as small as you like!)
- scrapbook paper; I recommend using double sided paper
- embellishments for the middles (rhinestones, buttons, brads, etc.)
- hot glue/gun
- scissors

Start off by cutting out squares of scrapbook paper. I did three sizes; 3x3, 4x4, and 5x5.

Use a ruler or edge to draw light lines from corner to corner on your squares.

Carefully cut on each line toward the middle, stopping your cut about 1/4" from the middle.

Glue down a corner from each 'triangle' section of your square in the middle. Be sure to always use the same side of corner.

Don't they all look lovely?

Now add some embellishments to the middles of your pinwheels. I used a combo of rhinestones, brads, and bottle caps with scrapbook paper glued in the center.

Then arrange them how you want on your canvas and glue them down!

Hang it up to admire.

And then grudgingly put it in a box and mail it away. (Just kidding, Heather, I promise I am happy you have this now!)

Don't the pinwheels just make you happy?

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  1. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [06 Jul 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  2. I luv this canvas with the pinwheel..

  3. I love the pinwheels in the frame!
    Would you be willing to share this at our Weekly Playdate link party? This week's party is here: http://beneaththerowantree.blogspot.com/2011/07/playdate-link-party-blog-hop-16-all.html

    Come & Play :: Playdate

  4. Lovely and timeless. Come see an amazing deck re-do!

  5. Very cute :) and easy too! Thanks for sharing. Visiting from http://www.jaqsstudio.com your newest follower :)

  6. I just love pinwheels. I would love it if you would link up to my Tuesday Confessional party going on now. There is a really great giveaway going on with it. I hope to see you soon! http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2011/07/tuesday-confessional-linky-party-and.html

  7. thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday - I featured you today!! - - Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

  8. What a great, inexpensive way to add some art and color to a home! Thanks for sharing :)

  9. Love it! I can see why it was hard to part with. I have been wanting to make some pinwheels but just haven't gotten around to it yet.
    Thanks for linking up to this week's Catch a Glimpse party. I'll be featuring this tomorrow.

  10. So sweet! I will definitely have to use this to make pinwheels for my toddlers--my daughter will especially love them. Thank you.

  11. yes, the pinwheels make me happy too! And they're so simple to make.....what a great idea to make wall art with them, and I love your festive version. thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!


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