musical pinwheels

Pinwheels are fairly simple to make and look sweet and romantic as holiday decorations!

What you’ll need:

  • sheet music
  • 1/4 inch dowel rods (purchased at ACE Hardware )
  • upholstery tacks (also purchased at ACE Hardware) See Figure 2.
  • scissors (regular and pinking if desired)
  • hammer
  • hot glue gun


  • Cut sheet music into squares (any size or mutliple sizes if desired)
  • Fold square from corner to corner to make a triangle.  Repeat once more (Figure 3), and unfold (Figure 4)

  • Cut along all four folds (Firgure 5), stopping about 3/4  of  an inch from the center of the paper.  Alternate cuts with pinking shears if desired.
  • From here (Figure 6), pick up one corner and gently turn it towards the center of the square (Figure 7)
  • Holding down this corner with your finger, pick up the next corner and hold (Figure 8 )
  • Repeat, picking up every other corner until you have a pinwheel (Figure 9 below)


  • Using one of the upholstery tacks, pierce the center of the pinwheel taking care to penetrate all of the layers of the paper (Figures 10 & 11).  Set aside (I usually stick the pinwheel into the carpet or a piece of cardboard to hold it together)

  • Using an upholstery tack, pre-hammer a hole into the dowel rod (Figure 12)
  • Place a daub of hot glue into the hole (Figure 13), then quickly press the upholstery tack in your pinwheel into the hole (Figure 14)

Musical pinwheel!

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