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