Paper Cup Pinwheel Craft

You can make a cute pinwheel from a paper cup.


  • 1 paper cup
  • thin dowel rod or disposable chopstick
  • drinking straw
  • masking tape
  • scissors


  1. Poke a hole in the center of the bottom of a paper cup.
  2. Using scissors, cut slits down the sides of the cup all the way around making about 8 or 9 segments. Leave about a quarter of an inch at the bottom of the cup.
  3. Fold the segments down at a slight angle to make the pinwheel shape.
  4. Wrap masking tape around the end of a a thin dowel or chopstick.
  5. Slip on a length of a drinking straw. The dowel should stick out of the other end.
  6. Put the pinwheel on the dowel in front of the straw, the bottom of the cup facing out. There should still be some dowel sticking out.
  7. Wrap masking tape around the dowel in front of the pinwheel so it can spin freely, but not fall off.
  8. Decorate the front of your pinwheel if desired.
  9. Hold your pinwheel in the wind or run  to make it spin.
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