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Homemade Pencil Pinwheel Craft With Colorful AstroBrights Paper

This post brought to you by Astrobrights Papers by Neenah Paper. All opinions are 100% mine.

Color. Doesn’t it spice up your life? A world without color would be like a cupcake with no frosting. Just, plain. I am a fan of bright colors, so I chose a bunch of bold colored AstroBrights papers for this fun pinwheel craft for the upcoming school year.

Now, you can light up your back to school pencil collection with a brighly colored pinwheel! This is a simple, yet fun project for kids with a tad bit of adult supervison. MJ is 5 and he was able to construct his pinwheel almost entirely on his own. He’s going to love writing with these at school!

How to Make A Pencil Pinwheel

You Will Need:
(makes 12 pinwheels)

  • 12 Pencils with erasers on them
  • 12 sheets of assorted, colorful AstroBrights papers (8.5 x 11 in)
  • 12 thumb tacks


Start by cutting 12 perfect squares out of your desired paper colors. Fold your paper in half width wise (hamburger style), slowly cut in half on the fold line. For each side, you will fold one corner diagonally to form a perfect square. Cut away excess paper and set aside.

Next, fold each corner diagonally, matching each opposite end and crease. You should do this twice and have an X shape in the middle of your square.

To form the pinwheel, you will have to cut each crease towards the middle of the square, stopping about 1/2 inch from the center. Do this on all 4 sides, be sure that you do not cut all the way through!

Grab every other corner (there should be 4) and fold them inward, one by one, overlapping them and holding them in place with your finger at the center of the pinwheel.

Now, it’s mom’s (or dad’s) turn. Push a thumb tack through the 4 overlapping corners to secure them in the center of the pinwheel.

Now you can grab a pencil and press the thumb tack on the pinwheel into the side of the eraser. MJ helped with this step by holding up the pencil while I handled the tack..

It’s time to show those pinwheels off!

I pressed the thumb tacks in pretty tight so they don’t really spin, but they look beautiful! Check all of them out…

What do you think? Could you imagine how dull these might have looked with regular consturction paper? Creativity is definitely possible with AstroBright paper. For home, school, or even the office, your project is sure to stand out. I might have to add this to the “Make Something Astrobright” design challenge, where you can create a unique project, tag your photos and tweets with the #goastrobright hashtag to win prizes!

With the back to school season right arond the corner, students and their schools could really benefit from paper and school supplies that stand out and make a statement. You can support your local elementary school with the “Give A Brighter Year” sweepstakes for a chance at $30,000 worth of cash and school supplies!

I hope you and your kids enjoy making these pencil pinwheels, they were fun to make and came out quite bright!



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