Pinwheels are a good ol' summer standby. That's why I think they look so cute atop cupcakes in the summer. It just takes a few steps but they add a world of FUN!
You start out with double sided paper cut into squares. I used a square punch that was 1 7/8" to cut my squares but you can choose any size you like. If the designs you like aren't sold double sided, simply use some adhesive to put two pieces together. I used my Xyron machine but a glue stick works just as well.
On one side, lightly draw an X in pencil (from corner to corner). Using a craft knife or scissors, cut on the lines stopping before you get to the center....3/4 of the way is a good rule of thumb. It's important to leave a little space in the center for the brad that will hold it together.
Once you have cut the 4 lines, simply fold every other corner to the center. That will be one side of each triangle. Remember to stick with a side. If you start with the left side of each piece...stick with the left side on all pieces.
There are several ways to fasten the pinwheel together. I chose to punch a small hole in the center and use a decorative brad to hold it together.
To add the toothpick, I used my handy-dandy hot glue gun. And I punched a circle from the same paper to cover the back. That's it! Have fun playing with this technique. I think making JUMBO pinwheels would be a really cute!