Windmills and Pinwheels

One and the same? I always knew these spinning paper wheels as windmills, but apparently they’re also known as pinwheels. Does anyone know if this is a English / American difference or just one of those ‘two names for one thing’ kind of situation?

Staci Taylor had a tutorial on how to make this on her blog, you can see the post here. It was part of the A Million Memories blog hop last weekend. There were loads of great projects with instructions on how to make them, and this windmill really appealed to me.
I had to alter the instructions slightly, as my first windmill wasn’t working properly, I think my wire was too thin and my beads too small. So I adapted it by pushing the wire through a button and twiddling it so it was double strength on it’s way through the windmill and spacer. I used an old felt pen lid as a spacer instead of beads as it was a bit sturdier:
I was pleased with how pretty it looks, and my daughter loves it too. I even managed to get a shot like Staci’s, showing how happy my little girl was when it started spinning in the wind:
It’s going to be used frequently as a sand castle topper I think!
I liked the look of the windmill so much that I also made a few mini ones, and put them on a birthday card:
They are fun to make, though I’m still experimenting with what glue is best to stick the corners down, double-sided tape doesn’t seem to quite hold it. I used a hot glue gun on the large windmill that my daughter is holding above, and a combo of tape and glue dots on the little ones on the card. PVA is probably best but I’m too impatient for that!

5 thoughts on “Windmills and Pinwheels”

  1. She certainly looks happy with her windmill! I love the card you made with the smaller ones. I’ve only ever made them at a crop once and I didn’t discover the perfect glue for them either! Loved the finished article but I was in a bit of a mess glue-wise while making them!


  2. I saw that tutorial and thought it looked fab. You’ve done a beautiful job on this sign of any stray glue anywhere :)I’m going to make a start on that hat this afternoon.


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