orry about the tongue-twister title. This year we have family coming to town for the Fourth of July, and since I'm planning lots of festive decorations, I created this printable for a Patriotic Pinwheel. This is a stars-and-stripes version of my pinspinner pinwheel!
Just click here to download the pdf. Assembly is easy! (in fact, it is much easier to assemble than it is to explain how!) Just print on white card stock and cut out the circle/star and the pinwheel, snipping between the pinwheel's "wings" down to the small dot. Using a large needle or push pin, poke a hole into the dot in the center of the circle/star, into the dots on the end of each wing, and into the dot in the center of the pinwheel. Then take a 5/16" dowel rod (I painted mine red first) and slide an eraser cap onto it. Next, insert a long pin through the hole in the circle/star, then fold the four wings towards the center and insert the pin through the holes. Finally, insert the pin through the large center dot and into the eraser (if you want it to really spin freely, add a small bead between the pinwheel and the eraser). Make sure the pin doesn't poke out the back of the eraser or it will stick you (please exercise caution when it comes to the kiddos).
I hope you make lots of these and celebrate Independence day in style! Oh, while researching decoration ideas for the Fourth, I stumbled upon this fantastic red white and blue cake on Flickr, and I just had to share it with you.
It's a wedding cake for the couple who portray Ben Franklin and Betsy Ross in Old City Philadelphia, made by the Whipped Bakeshop.
Isn't that best story with the sweetest, happiest ending ever? Love love love it!