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December 2011

DIY of The Month – A Colourful Affair

Think you’re a hands-on kind of bride and want to make something really special for your wedding? It doesn’t have to be something elaborate; think small, simple yet significant. It could be a personalised Save-The-Date card, or a memorable wedding favour. You don’t even have to be very good at arts and crafts to make these wonderful mementos. SingaporeBrides shows you how to Do-It-Yourself.

Spin, spin, spin! No, I’m not referring to a roulette game or the television game show Wheel of Fortune; I’m talking about pinwheels! Having a casino-themed wedding would definitely thrill some of your relatives but you’d be leaving the little ones out. With pinwheels, both young and old would be able to enjoy them.

Easy to customise, pinwheels are perfect for introducing colour into your wedding without being over-the-top. It’ll also bring a tinge of playfulness to the occasion and entertain the young and old alike. With SingaporeBrides’ step-by-step tutorial, learn how to create flower-like pinwheels in a jiffy. Decorate your tables with them in place of flowers, or, for a more subtle touch, line the aisle with pinwheels. You can even give them away as favours or to the little ones at the end of the day. The possibilities are endless, so learn away!

Here’s what you need:

  • 2 pieces of double-sided patterned paper
  • Craft knife
  • Scissors
  • 2 types of art and craft beads
  • Craft punch and single-hole puncher
  • Wooden rod
  • Thin bendable wire
  • PVA glue
  • Blue Tac
  • Stapler
  • Pliers

Time taken for each: 10 minutes
Average cost for each: $4

1. Print the template out on plain paper and cut it out. You may get the template from here.

2. Secure the cut-out template together with the patterned paper using some paperclips to prevent it from moving around. Then, cut it out. Do the same for the remaining 5 petals; you’ll need three petals each from the two pieces of patterned paper.

3. When you’re done, you should have six petals like this. Arrange them accordingly and staple them in the center where the pieces meet. Try to staple it slightly off-center.

4. Fold the ends of the petals so they meet in the center and staple them together.

5. Using the single-hole puncher, punch a hole in the middle. Here’s a tip: if the puncher cannot reach the middle, try releasing the staple and punch them individually – just remember to align the holes properly before punching. When you’re done, just staple them back.

Flip the pinwheel over and repeat for the back.

6. Using the craft puncher, punch out four heart shapes.

7. Cut a small slit on each of the heart shapes with the craft knife. Once you’re done, apply PVA glue and stick them over the punched holes, back and front.

8. Thread three beads onto the thin wire stick before poking through the pinwheel from the back. Thread another four more beads onto the wire stick and poke through to the front.

9. You should have at least one centimeter of stick protruding in front. Pinch a small roll of blue tac and put it around the protruding end of the stick. Then, stick one bead onto the blue tac.

10. Wind the remaining part of the wire at the back of the pinwheel around the wooden rod three to five times. Once you’re done, cut the excess wire off using a pair of pliers, and you’re good to go.

Experiment with different patterns, colours and sizes; make them as colourful as you want or as small as you need them to be. Attach them to straws or decorate the reception table with it, or have your man’s best men wear them on their shirts. No matter what you use them for, the pinwheels will definitely delight your guests.

Perfect for Colour themed weddings, Outdoor garden weddings, Wedding favours, Table centrepieces, Kids’ activity