DIY Pinwheels - 24 pcs.
How to make them spin well
step 1: push all holes - center and then wings in circles, last flower - on the axle.
step 2: add the rim bead with the slightly larger rim to the end/outside of the axle.
step 3: push the flower and the 4 wing holes carefully onto the rim bead
please see photos
November 21, 2014
For the price, you can't beat the fun they offer. Kids loved making them, and after we figured out how to put them together, they were fun and spun like they should. Not the most spiny pinwheel, but they did the job. I put together some directions for the party we had them at so I would;t have to stand around and help everyone figure them out. Thought other users might like to see/use them, so I attached to my review. Enjoy!
May 17, 2014
Crowd pleaser. Easy to make and use--and it DID work well.
Excellent value. Easy to figure out (though instructions would have been nice for folks not mechanically inclined). Though other reviews said they didn't spin freely, ours seemed to work well. The kids loved them and even wanted to make more.
May 15, 2014
No assembly directions. Once I ruined one, was able to assemble the others. Would only spin if manually moved. Bought these to bring to a picnic. Children were disappointed when pinwheels wouldn't spin in the wind.
July 5, 2012
These were a hit
The kids loved these. We got the jumbo pinwheels. There were no instructions but they were not difficult to put together. They did not spin great when blowing them but did in front of a fan or out a car window. :)
June 16, 2012
No instructions were included!
I bought these for a library kids program. There were no instructions included. Granted, they are simple, but it took me about 15 minutes to figure out how to put them together. There is also a piece that doesn't seem to fit anywhere, but the pinwheels will still work. I'll be using them later today and know that I'll have to help the kids fit the pinwheel onto a small round spool before adding the spool to the wand.
They'll be great when they are done, but may be labor intensive for the adults if the kids are younger.
April 18, 2012
Would recommend, but with caveats!
Here's the lowdown....
- Pinwheels = awesome and cool.
- Designing your own pinwheel = super cool!
- Putting this specific product together = easy.
- Putting this product together WITHOUT having read all the customer reviews = disappointing, incredibly difficult, failure!
Here's the thing: It's true the finished product looks nothing like the ones the product page provides (unless you are a machine). And it's true that you don't get any instructions, just a bag of unassembled pieces! If you assemble it wrong, the pinwheel won't spin well, so there would be zero fun in that!
Here's what you do to ensure success: Staple the 4 parts of the pinwheel that gets pulled back. (Hard to explain, but if you have the product in front of you, you'll know what I mean!) Make sure the holes line up perfectly. If they don't, then there will be friction, so the pinwheel won't spin well. Put the mini flower over the tip to keep the pinwheel on. (It doesn't seem like that little paper flower will do a darn thing, but it does!) And voila!
At my child's birthday party, I had 4 crafts at a craft table and EVERYONE wanted to make a pinwheel first! In fact, some made several pinwheels and didn't even touch some of the other crafts!
August 15, 2011
Total junk, looked nothing like the pictures, did not expect a bunch of paper cut outs
August 10, 2011
Even the adults had trouble making this craft!
This craft is cute, and fun, but extremely difficult for children. I have story time at the local library and had a range of kids ages 2-9 and all had trouble with this craft. To boot, the paper used for the pinwheels is so heavy that when you blow on them they don't move. Even some of the parents couldn't figure out how to get this craft completed.
July 28, 2011
The kids, ages 3-5 years, were a little disappointed that they didn't spin very well. Because of the cardboard material it's a bit stiff for little ones who don't have as much power in their lungs, though I could make them spin when I blew on them.
I figured them out without instructions, but instructions would be nice.
I can say that the kids were excited to color their pinwheels and they turned out cute, even though they weren't very functional.
July 13, 2011