Washi Tape Pinwheels and Banner

pin wheel feature

We went out for dinner with some friends at a quaint Seaside restaurant/pub recently.  Since Oregon is usually ahead of the curve on environmental issues, we were given paper straws when our drinks were served.  I have to admit I went a little crazy over the straws informing everyone in our party I wanted their straw when we left. The waitress overheard the conversation and came back to the table bearing more straws so I could have a complete set!

After thinking about it I figured the best use for them was the handle of a whimsical pinwheel.  I haven’t made pinwheels since I was a Brownie Girl Scout, so…. nearly 60 years ago!


pinwheel start

I thought it would be fun to use up some washi tape while I was at it!  Supplies are:  vellum sheets, washi tape, straws, and paint pens.

pin wheel design

Step One:  Cut pieces of vellum into 4″x4″ squares.

Step Two: Cover each edge with a piece of washi tape, trimming the edges even.

Step Three:  Decorate the center sections with paint pen dots or doodles.

Step Four:  Gather one corner with a stick pin and attach at the back.

Step Five: Pierce the straw with the stick pin

The pinwheels are darling decorations for a spring party or on the windowsill in a baby nursery.


pin wheel feature

Since I needed a photo prop for my pinwheels, it took literally 5 minutes to make a sweet matching vellum paper and washi tape banner.

Step One: Cut vellum pendant shaped trianges.

Step Two: Place a piece of washi tape at the top and trim

Step Three: Use hot glue to attach ready made scrapbook flowers.

Step Four:  Use hot glue to attach each pendant triangle to a pretty piece of bakers string.

pin wheel feature

Don’t the pinwheels just say “SPRING?”

Author: Patty Thurlby

I am a full time artist with a whimsical point of view!

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