Saturday, July 2, 2016

Crafty Saturday: Fourth of July Pinwheels

For years I've toyed with the idea of making some paper pinwheels just because... and then my good friend Connie, who is also a Stampin' Up demonstrator, told me she had a Paper Pumpkin kit she's never used and it was mine if I'd like it.

I obviously am not turning down free crafty supplies because any mental illness I may have doesn't reach THAT far. Thankfully for us all.

I actually subscribed to Paper Pumpkin ($19.95/month plus shipping and handling) last month when they had a flash $5 first box sign up, so I'll show you what I got in my first box, probably next weekend. I still have to make the project and I want to show you a finish project with each box so be patient!

Inside of every box is a little booklet with your instructions. If you are truly a beginner, or are gifting this box to someone just starting out, it's a perfect subscription for you because you truly don't need to have any clue and you can make these adorable projects.

It also gives you the website in case you need even more detailed instructions than what is provided in the booklet. I haven't gone onto it yet, mostly because I haven't needed to, but there may be other ideas for your kit.
So inside of this kit you received:

  • Pinwheel Party Photopolymer Stamper (not shown really well here but there were three stamps on the sheet)
  • Night of Navy classic stampin spot
  • 24 precut Designer pinwheel forms (8 each of 3 different patterns, all were double sided)
  • 24 paper straws
  • 20 Whisper White banner punch outs
  • 24 cellophane bags
  • Basic Gray baker's twine
  • 24 silver brads
  • 24 silver clips
  • 96 mini glue dots
Now, I only made about 16 pinwheels and saved the rest of my pieces for another time. I also didn't use the silver clips, baker's twine, or cellophane bags so I put them in with my stash because I can easily use them on a future project. The project itself was pretty easy, albeit a little putzy for me. The finished project was super cute, though!
I currently have them in a mason jar on top of a shelf as summer decor, but I plan to have them out for our Fourth of July BBQ, of course. A couple are also going to be re-used in Back to School teacher gifts (post coming soon) because they would be a cute little basket filler. I do recommend using a two sided pattern paper for doing pinwheels to give it more dimension and color but of course, you could always use a solid color of card stock if you were trying to stay true to a party color scheme.

So there it is. If you are interested in doing crafty projects but don't want to take the time to think of one, shop for supplies, cut each piece out by hand, and then assemble- I very highly recommend the Paper Pumpkin subscription. All of the hard, tedious stuff is done for you, all you have to do is assemble using the instructions they give you and you're done. So many of these kits give you things that you can later gift to someone and be that over achiever giving out hand made gifts, so keep that in mind, too!

1 comment:

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Oh how fun! These are really cute. And I do like the idea of having the pieces all ready for me. haha