Sunday, November 11th, 2012


You can make your own! Avery’s birthday is a month from now and, since a month in our house is really only two weeks, I’m starting to think about her party. The day after last year’s Care Bear fiesta she started talking about her Thomas birthday party and has been waiting ever so patiently for it to happen ever since.

I’ve been racking my brain trying to come up with creative Thomas themed ideas that won’t require me to spend a fortune at Party City. The cheapest Thomas pinata costs twenty bucks? Yikes! That will just make me grouchy watching it sit around until recycling day. 

The idea for the pinwheels came from this book that we have at home. This is a super easy project. I used 6 sheets of Thomas themed scrapbooking paper. Each pinwheel requires two 5″ squares. You’ll also need some glue (a stick is easiest), straight pins, some small beads, and eraser tipped pencils. I made one prototype, made a few adjustments and then put the rest together assembly line style.

Start by cutting out all of your squares and gluing the wrong sides together with a glue stick. I used decorative edge scissors but you don’t have to. You can see how I cut into the square from each corner and stopped about half an inch from the center of the square (leaving about an inch in the center uncut). I did that after the squares were glued together.

Starting with one corner, stick your pin in through the side of the paper that you want to show on the outside of the pinwheel. Continue to stick the pin through from the top of every other corner all the way around the pinwheel.


Then push the pin with all the corners on it through the center of the back of the pinwheel.

Add the bead.

Push the whole shebang into the eraser on a slight downward angle and only far enough to bury the very tip of the pin. It looks pretty straight in the picture but if it’s too straight the pinwheel will catch on the pencil when you try to spin it.

And VOILA! Pinwheels! I ordered blue erasable marking pencils from Amazon so it’s a double favor! Alternatively, you could use paper straws and a dab of glue as suggested in this cool book that I just checked out. If you have any other good ideas for a Thomas party I’d love to hear them!


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