There is something about a pinwheel that encapsulates childhood. The color, motion, and flowery shape are just so darn happy! This simple craft can be made with your children to keep those little hands busy. It’s a great way to teach young children basic sewing skills. Make this felt pinwheel wreath with your kids to add bright summery decor to your front door.
HANDS ON CRAFTS FOR KIDS: FELT PINWHEEL WREATH
PBS HANDS-ON CRAFTS FOR KIDS
Parents can always count on PBS for quality shows for kids that are entertaining and educational. That is why I was so excited to be asked to design a project for the PBS show, Hands on Crafts for Kids. The show’s theme for this season is: Let’s Bond Together – Creativity Begins at Home! One of the new features of the show this year is the addition of a blogger segment where Jenny Barnett Rohrs of Craft Test Dummies features a project created by a creative blogger. Jenny did a short interview with me and then recreated my project for the show.
HOW TO MAKE A FELT PINWHEEL WREATH
I began by removing the center of a foam circle to turn it into a wreath form. I wanted my wreath to be a particular size, but there is no reason you couldn’t use a regular styrofoam form from the store.
Next, I wrapped the foam with burlap and pinned the burlap in place.
I cut out squares of felt in a rainbow of colors. You will need two squares of felt for each pinwheel, so be sure to cut enough.
HOW TO MAKE FELT PINWHEELS
I repeated the process with the rest of the pinwheels, letting my kids decide on the color combinations. My Type A personality wanted to guide them to more standard color choices, but I am glad I kept quiet because the end result is vibrant and happy.
It looks like I boosted the color saturation on this photo, but I promise that I didn’t. This wreath is just a carnival of color!
HANGING THE FINISHED WREATH
I hung the wreath from a length of grosgrain ribbon, and I tacked one last pinwheel onto the ribbon as the finishing touch.
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THE FELT PINWHEEL WREATH
One of the great things about this wreath is that none of the supplies are expensive to buy. Felt can be purchased very cheaply from the craft store, and you can find foam wreath forms at the dollar store!
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- foam wreath form
- floral pins
- needle and thread
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