Cupcakes are cute, but who can beat cupcakes with a DIY touch? I’m all for DIY’s that are quick, but add loads of detail. These DIY paper pinwheel cupcake toppers are just that! Once you’ve got everything together (the hardest part of most DIYs, right?), these will just take about 2 minutes each. The bonus? They actually spin!
Update: Three years after posting the original DIY, I made a whole bunch more pinwheels and used them for my two year old’s birthday party. It was the perfect decor touch and the weather played along wonderfully. We woke up in the morning to a terribly windy day, but by the time the party started there was a breeze just strong enough to turn the pinwheels. A few hours after the party, it was raining. Perfect timing! Photos of party by Grand Little Adventure
What you need:
Paper, cut into squares (mine are 5x5cm)
Hollow lollipop sticks or straws
What to do:
Cut into each corner of each square, towards the centre point. Use a pin to make a hole at the centre point and at the tip on one side of each cut (as in the template below).
Bend your pins into a L-shape. The bent part, near the pearl, should be about 1cm.
Thread your paper onto the pin. Start with all the corners and end with the centre hole. Gently push the pinwheel up over the bend.
Add a bead and push it over the bend. Place the pin into the top of your straw and secure with a small dot of glue. If you are using soft straws, you can avoid using the glue gun by gently pushing the end of the pin through a hole a few millimeters away from the top of one side of the straw.
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