Origami Paper Pinwheel Toy Craft

This Japanese site has instructions and photos on making an origami paper pinwheel toy craft, great for summer or anytime.


  • newspaper ad insert(or thin dowel or skewer)
  • origami paper or colorful paper cut to a 6 inch square
  • plastic drinking straw (a 3/4 inch piece and a 1 inch piece)
  • scissors
  • a toothpick
  • tape
  • glue
  • pushpin

  1.  Roll the glossy newspaper ad insert into a thin stick and tape together. Or use a thin dowel or skewer.
  2. Tape the 1 inch straw piece to the top of the stick as shown in the picture.
  3. Insert a toothpick into the straw piece and tape one end so it doesn't come out. You will stick the pinwheel on the opposite side.
  4. For the pinwheel, fold the origami paper in half to make a triangle, unfold, and fold again the other way.
  5. Cut along all 4 fold lines, stopping about 1/2 inch from the center.
  6. Pull down every other corner to the center and glue in place. Make a hole in the middle with a pushpin and stick onto the toothpick.
  7. Make 2 holes through the middle of the 3/4 inch straw piece with a pushpin and stick onto the toothpick to keep the pinwheel in place.
  8. Put a piece of tape over the tip of the toothpick to keep the straw in place.
Yasashi Sekatsu(Gentle Life)
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