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DIY: Paper Pinwheels & Candy Centerpiece

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3D Paper Pinwheel Party Centerpiece

I’m excited to share this fun little “Pinwheel Party Trio” project with you today because it’s easy, budget-friendly and super versatile! I themed this centerpiece for Valentine’s Day, but it would work just as well for everything from birthday parties or baby showers to bridal showers and weddings – simply tailor the colors & patterns to whatever your occasion may be…

3D Paper Pinwheel Party Centerpiece

This particular project was also the very first time I tried out my new Cricut Mini, and boy was it nice to not have to hand-cut the paper elements for once! Amazing how much smoother the cut lines came out too. ;) All I had to do to whip up these little pinwheels was load the scrapbook paper into the machine, select the digital 3D Paper Pinwheels cartridge within the Cricut Craftroom, scale them to the sizes I wanted, and press “Cut”.

Because these pinwheels are pretty small in general, the holes for the center (where each section meets) were teensy, so I used inexpensive clear and red diamond diamante pins in lieu of brads and secured them behind the back of the pinwheel with an earring back. You can get diamond diamante pins in packs of 100 for only $2.99 at save-on-crafts.com, and plastic earring backs are super cheap in the jewelry aisle of most craft stores.

3D Paper Pinwheel Party Centerpiece

3D Paper Pinwheel Party Centerpiece

The sparkly sticks are just simple bamboo skewers covered in fine red glitter, and they’re secured to the back of each pinwheel with hot glue. Mini terra cotta pots from Michaels were painted, trimmed with paper, and filled with styrofoam (to insert the sticks into) and a layer of Valentine candy. Done :)

These little arrangements look cute grouped as trios for table centerpieces, but you could also gift them individually as cute hostess gifts or party favors!

3D Paper Pinwheel Party Centerpiece

P.S. Happy Valentine’s Day!


  1. bettijo @ PagingSupermom.com February 13, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    SO cute! I always love frugal centerpiece ideas and this one is perfect!

  2. Kathy February 14, 2012 at 1:46 am

    SO cutee of them!! I used to make this when I was a child! I love the red color!!

  3. antique engagement rings February 14, 2012 at 4:15 am

    I love pinwheels.. what a great idea!

  4. Appetite for Conversation February 14, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Pinwheels are so fun, and I love the design on these. Thanks!

  5. Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor February 21, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Those are just the prettiest pinwheels! I think I will make some for my niece. Thank you for the idea!

  6. Tracey Andriulaitis February 27, 2012 at 11:40 am

    These pinwheels are SUPER cute. I can see making this for every holiday and upcoming party. Thanks for the idea!

  7. Camila March 21, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Super cute, are they spinnable ? If not, do you know how to make them?

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