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Thursday, November, 15, 2012  |  DIY Projects
DIY - PINWHEELS BY KELLY PORTNOY
Hi Guys, so sorry I'm running a little late this morning....designing flowers for two photo shoots for tomorrow...it's going to be a busy day for me....I'm so happy it's "Throwback Thursday"....we'll sharing a fun DIY with one of my favorite photographers and she's also the coolest....Kelly Portnoy....enjoy and I'll see you all tomorrow....xoxo

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remember the cute pinwheels at this style shoot....well, not only did my oh-so-fab friends Kelly and Ryan Portnoy of Kellan Studios capture all the fun at this shoot, turns out that Miss Kelly is a serious DIY Diva....that's right y'all...she made all the cute pinwheels....YOU ROCK Kelly and she truly "rocked" the pinwheels....she's stopping by with all the DIY details....take it away Kelly!!


Step 1.....Gather Tools- (Truly the pen and the straight edge measurer are just for looks for me. I have no intention of using them but if you are anal about measurements…..USE THEM!) I have selective analness…..like my pillows always have to be straight on the couch…..cutting crafting paper in half…I just wing it! HAHA….good start to my tutorial right?


Step 2....Gather Supplies- BIG HUGE IMPORTANT DETAIL….when making the OVERSIZED 12 inch diameter pinwheels you need TWO sheets of the 12 inch scrapbook paper. Buy duplicates or scrapbook packets that have multiples. A package of 12 inch long dowels. A spool of twine. Oversized buttons. These happen to be ones I pressed and cut from polymere clay…but any kind will do. (Yes be impressed by me for a moment) I don’t iron my shirts, but I make my own buttons. I don’t get me either!


Step 3......Cut Strips and Fold Accordion Style- I recommend lining the patterns up on your two sheets of paper and folding or “measuring” them in half and cut in the same direction so your pattern continues end to end to end to end for 48 inches! Stack all 4 strips on top of each other and fold in either a 1/4, 1/2 or 1 inch bend. If you are making multiple pinwheels it looks really cool varying the fold width. (**Note…have glue gun plugged in so it is ready to roll shortly)


Step 4.....Staple or use permanent adhesive squares. (Use a discrete amount of staples). Staple all the way around until you make a full circle. The accordion will stand upright like a lampshade. This is where it gets very tricky to lay the paper design side down. You need to “manhandle” it and show it whose boss. I kid you not. That thing will spring up in your face and cause great frustration.


Step 5....Flatten Pinwheel/Insert Dowel- With one hand you need to hold it steady while you get your glue gun ready. The dowel is the KEY to the stability of the pinwheel. One this large does not want to lay flat without the extra support, especially if you are using them outside and wind is involved. You will thank me later!


Step 6......Glue the snot out of it- You will win no prizes for aesthetic reasons on the backside of your pinwheel….but you will have a sturdy pinwheel in the end. If you really want to go the extra step you could cut out a 12 inch wide circle and glue it flat over the back to cover up all the mish mash of adherent.


Step 7.....Glue on Button- put a lot of extra glue on the center point under the button as well as on the back of the button and hold firmly for a good 1-2 minutes until glue is absolutely cooled.


Hang up and Enjoy- I just hole punched and added twine.



OMG...how cute are the "mini ones"...love these!!


And here they are at the "style shoot"...simply too cute!


Kelly, thanks SO much for sharing your DIY talents with us today.....as always you ROCK!!!!


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