I thought I’d write up a blog entry on how to do the wind farm project I made for Ollie’s room using pinwheels. So here it goes!
What you’ll need:
- Paint for canvas
- sponge roll applicator
- Mod Podge glue
- scrapbook paper *double-sided works best!*
- paintbrush or q-tip to apply the glue to the pinwheels and canvas.
- Cotton balls
1. So that you can let it dry first, start by picking a background color for your canvas. I mixed together black and white acrylic paint and used a sponge roller to apply the paint to the canvas. I’d wait an hour or two to let the paint completely dry before applying the pinwheels and felt stems.
2. You’ll want to buy a few sheets of double-sided cardstock (scrapbook paper). The double-sided paper works best for the pinwheels. Cut them into 4x4in squares. I also cut them into 3x3in for the smaller pinwheels.
3. After you cut out your squares, take a ruler and go from the top left corner to the bottom right corner and vice versa leaving a light pencil marking. It will look like a light X. Cut along the pencil lines but leave a little bit of room so you don’t completely cut the paper in half. (the above picture with the green cardstock shows the cuts the best).
4. Now bend each left sided corner into the middle of the square.
5. Once you’ve bent the corners inward, start applying glue to the tips of the corners and pressing down. Add glue to the bottom of the button and then put in the center of the pinwheel. I had to put a heavy box on each pinwheel so that the glue would dry completely and the corners wouldn’t pop back up.
6. After your canvas is dry and your pinwheel is ready, start planning out where you want them to go on the canvas. Add a dab of glue to the very back of the pinwheel, then apply to canvas.
7. Next, cut out tiny stems from your chosen color of felt and add glue to the back. Then apply to the canvas.
8. Lastly, if you want, add cotton balls to the top of the canvas for clouds. I kind of stretched mine out a bit so they wouldn’t just be little balls. =) All done!