To help you out in the best way I can I’m sharing summer project ideas that are quick, fun, creative and easy enough for youngsters with a little supervision.
Since I’m adoring all the pinwheels on Pinterest I thought this would be a fun project….
only I wanted the pinwheel to work.
Not just look awesome.
How to make a pinwheel that works. There is a download link at the bottom of this post with instructions and printables for the mattress ticking.
I started with taking pictures of mattress ticking material from my stash. I uploaded the pictures to my computer and cropped them to a square.
Then I played with the square. Cutting adding holes of different sizes. Then trying thumbtacks, nails, and screws on paint sticks, pencils, and a wooden dowel until I got the basic steps…
and how to get a pinwheel that works!
Here’s it is in action! I used my blowdryer on low for the video. It works by flinging your arms around too! But I frightened the pups! I’m simply too old to run up and down the street with my pinwheel…and…that would frighten the neighbors!
Here are the two things I think help a pinwheel turn. Adding something between the stick and the pinwheel like a washer. Plus having holes large enough for the pinwheel to actually turn.
I adore this project. 🙂 I have plans for more with different patterns colors and for different holidays. Let me know your thoughts on this project in comments below. I love hearing from readers!
Click to see the first project for the Summer Project Ideas series.