Digital Art Pinwheels March 24 2016, 1 Comment

I woke the other day to find frost on the back window of my car and pollen on the front. That can only mean one thing... Spring has officially sprung in North Carolina!

Today I wanted to celebrate the coming of spring with a project that is quick, festive, and above all: fun!

Sometimes I can pinpoint my inspiration for a project with laser focus, but other times it seems like my muse is a little more subtle. Needless to say, the reasoning behind my sudden hankering to make handfuls of pinwheels eludes me. But, more important than the why, I am here today to show you the how, so let's get started. 

You can make pinwheels out of any type of paper you like; I chose some really beautiful digital papers from Tangie Baxter's Art Journal Caravan™ Workshop Expedition 2014 {Self-Study} and printed them on white cardstock. The papers can be printed any size, depending on how large you want your pinwheel to be. I chose to make a handful of mini pinwheels, so I printed them at 3.5 x 3.5 inches. For this project make sure you're printing on both sides of the paper. I decided to go with a solid and a pattern combo, but there are tons of other options. 

Art Journal Caravan™ Workshop Expedition 2014 {Self-Study}

Once the papers were printed and cut, I folded the paper on both diagonals and made incisions from each corner toward the center of the paper. Next I created five small holes, one in each corner and one in the middle. Then, using a brad, I poked through the first corner hole from the back, bending the paper inward toward the middle hole. Do this until you have all four corners stacked on your brad. Lastly, I poked the brad through the middle hole and secured it in the back. 


Now that you have your very own pinwheel its uses are practically limitless. Today I decided they would make a great addition to a seasonal bouquet I made for the kitchen table, but you can use them as party decorations, home decor, scrapbooking embellishments, or even as good 'ole fashioned pinwheels! 

What spring projects are calling to you this season? Drop a line in the comments and let us know.

[Posted by Karli-Marie]