To me, back to school means crafts, crafts, and more crafts! I've always had a special place in my heart for school supplies, but never wanted to show up on the first day of school without at least one of my binders being bedazzled or covered in stickers. I even had my dad hand draw designs on a tote bag one year. So this year, despite definitely not going back to school, I decided to amp up my pencil game with some DIY pinwheel toppers!
Here's what you need to make one yourself:
• Glue Stick
• Colored Pencils
• Aluminum Foil
• Paper ( I used cardstock for extra support)
• Push Pin
• Pencil to be Topped
Step one: Gather supplies.
Step two: cut paper into a square. I made mine 2 x 2 inches because I was intending to place it on a jumbo pencil. Feel free to make yours smaller or larger!
Step three: Glue your paper square onto the duller side of a cut piece of foil. Feel free to glue it to a larger piece - you will be cutting it down to size in a later step.
Step four: Make a design! Bold, bright colors and simple designs work best for the pinwheels.
Step five: Trim the excess foil around your paper.
Step six: Cut a slit in each corner towards the center, but stop before hitting the middle! You do not want to cut the whole way through.
Step seven: Place some glue in the center of the foil and begin to fold in your corners. Make sure to fold in every other corner to create the pinwheel. Do not fold the corners down completely flat as you want air to be able to flow through. Add extra glue if necessary.
Step eight: Carefully press your push pin through the center of the pinwheel. Make sure to not push the pin too far in, allowing your pinwheel to freely move. Pro tip - poke your push pin through a few times, making the hole slightly larger. This allows your pinwheel to spin easier!
Step nine: Show off your brand new pencil topper to all of your friends!
*Pictured above in last image: The pencil on the left is the manufactured Spinners Pencil that was my inspiration!*