How to Make Paper Planters

Pinwheel Windowsill Garden
Pinwheel Windowsill Garden paper planter
Pinwheel Windowsill Garden paper planter

The Pinwheel Windowsill Garden paper planter makes it easy to grow a colorful garden right in your own home, even during the dead of winter. Just blow gently to set your pinwheel flowers in motion on this paper craft.

What You'll Need:

  • Shoe box
  • Floral foam block
  • 2 pieces green corrugated cardboard, 3-1/2x18 inches each
  • 2 yards satin ribbon, 7/8 inch wide
  • Red, blue, and yellow paper
  • 3 new pencils
  • 3 sequins
  • 3 straight pins
  • Plastic drinking straw, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • Excelsior or Easter basket grass
  • Serrated knife
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Glue

How to Make Pinwheel Windowsill Garden:

Step 1: Cut floral foam with knife to fit shoe box. Fill with crumpled paper, if needed. Glue cardboard to box.

Step 2: Measure ribbon around the box, adding a 1-inch overlap. Cut and glue ribbon to box. Tie a bow with the remaining ribbon. Glue to box front.

Step 3: Use a ruler to draw a square on a sheet of colored paper. We used 5- and 6-inch squares. Cut out squares.

Step 4: Use the ruler to draw diagonal lines from corner to corner, making an X. Measure about 1/2 inch from the point where the diagonal lines cross and make a mark. Cut on the lines to the mark.

Step 5: Lightly number all the corners from 1 to 8. Bring corners 2, 4, 6, and 8 into the center, overlapping corners. Place a sequin over corners.

Fold corners to the center.

Step 6: Push straight pin through sequin, all corners, and the center X. Insert the pin through straw piece and into pencil eraser. Make 2 more pinwheels.

Step 7: Cover foam with excelsior. Push pencils into foam.

Push pencils into foam.

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Pinwheel Windowsill Garden by Sharon Broutzas, Rice Freeman-Zachery, Connie Matricardi, Susan Milord, Lynnette Schuepbach, Kim Solga, and Florence Temko