Paper Pumpkin Play Date
I spent some time playing with the June Paper Pumpkin kit. First, I made one of the pinwheels per the instructions. I haven’t quite figured out how to make it spin, although I did attach to a paper straw. (I took it to work, and a coworker immediately tried to spin it! Okay, gotta work on that.)
Here’s the Stampin’ Up! video showing how to put the pinwheels together.
I eventually made three pinwheels. Two are at work. Here is the one I kept at home.
I decorated a jar I got at Daiso (a Japanese “dollar” store) with Beach House washi tape.
The DSP for the pinwheels is pre-cut and punched. This created a bit of a challenge in designing other projects; most cutting will give you triangles. I went to Google to search for quilt patterns using triangles, but didn’t get terribly inspired. I decided to just start cutting and see where things went from there.
The squares are 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ and have patterns on both sides. I decided to cut the square down to half its original size to give me pieces that are easier to work with for A2 and notecard-sized cards. Instead of cutting into fourths, I cut off 1-1/8″ from all four sides.
From one square you get:
- One 2-1/4″ x 2-1/4″ square from the middle, still partially cut at the corners
- Two trapezoids, 4-1/2″ on the long side and 2-1/4″ on the short side
- Two rectangles, 1-1/8″ x 2-1/4″
- Four triangles, 1-1/8″ on two sides
Here are the extra supplies I pulled out.
- Whisper White notecards and envelopes
- Basic Metal buttons
- Designer buttons in Neutrals
- Cardstock: Night of Navy, Real Red, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Naturals White
- Project Life journaling pens
I cut up three pinwheels in order to play with all the different patterns. I made 4 cards and one frame.
The frame is made from the trapezoids, backed by a 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ piece of Whisper White. I cut out the middle with the third smallest Square collection framelits, but you can also trim it out with trimmer/craft knife or just paste your picture in. (The opening is 2-1/4″ x 2-1/4″.)
The A2 card was made with the inner squares. I backed them with matching cardstock to give the cuts some stability. I used half of a banner from the kit and stamped the sentiment. I even added twine (there’s LOTS).
These three cards were made with various pieces, and can be gifted to someone using the cello bags from the kit!
This first card uses one rectangle from each pattern. I backed the strips with a coordinating piece of cardstock, to both frame it and to have something substantial onto which to attach a clip. The clip and twine are both from the kit.
The next card uses four triangles to make a pinwheel block. I attached the triangles to a 2-1/4″ x 2-1/4″ square of Whisper White, then backed with a coordinating cardstock. I use the skinniest of the Project Life journaling pens to create faux stitching in the Whisper White triangles. I finished with a Whisper White button threaded with twine.
For the last card, I needed 4 squares each of two patterns. I cut up the trapezoids (cut off the triangles) to create more rectangles and then cut the rectangles in half. This is a pinwheel-type card I’ve made before. I grabbed a medium-sized metal button, tied a bow, and attached to the center to finish it off.
I still have one rectangle and 6 triangles left. Other triangles were consumed in an experiment that went nowhere. I could make more of the pinwheel blocks, but was hoping to have other ideas instead. Do you have any ideas?
Someone kindly posted a way to make the pinwheels moveable on the paper straws. You will need eyelets and a setting device (aka Crop-o-dile) for this.
First, flatten one end of the straw. I found it best to flatten about 1-1/2″ to 2″. Punch a hole about 1/2″ from the end. Set your eyelet in the hole. I used the 1/8″ hole. When you assemble your pinwheel, thread the brad ends into the eyelet before opening it up. Don’t make too tight. Now, you have a moveable pinwheel (it won’t move with the wind, but that’s okay).
I hope you had fun with this kit; I certainly did. I didn’t expect to come up with these many extra projects! Now, to spread the joy at work and give away pinwheels! 🙂
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