Monday, February 4, 2013

DIY Ombre Pinwheels

With help from Los Angeles event designer Yoleine Dumarsais, Wedding Chicks take us through the easy process of making your own ombre pinwheels. Perfect for decorating your wedding ceremony or reception. 

Cardstock paper
Glue gun
Paint brush
Watercolour paint in your favorite color
Hole punch
Watercolor paper
36″ dowels

Step One 
To create a coloured wheel for a gradient look or an ombre appearance, paint half (or a little more then half) of your paper. Make sure to paint the end darker and go lighter on the half. Take a piece of napkin or washcloth and wipe the paint to the other half of the paper. Repeat this on multiple sheets to create 1 pinwheel fan. Note: All of your pinwheels do not have to be watercoloured you can make some using this technique and some without.

Step Two 
Fold cardstock paper accordion-style into 1/2 inch folds. It’s good to have different size papers in order to form different sized pinwheels. 

Step Three
Fold accordion in half and secure using a glue gun for extra hold. This creates a part of the pinwheel. Repeat this 3 times. 3 fans equal 1 pinwheel. 

Step Four
Punch holes with a hole punch or cut holes about a quarter of an inch from the ends of the pinwheels. You can add as many or little to your pinwheel. This is to make them a bit different! 

Step Five
Use the glue gun to glue your pinwheels to the dowel for extra hold since this will be fastened to your wall. There’s no systematic way to glue wheels. Glue wheels at different angles whether it’s to the dowel or to another wheel. Make sure to cover the whole dowel! About 7 pinwheels will create a pinwheel dowel for your pinwheel wall. Repeat this whole process 4 times to create your pinwheel wall.  

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