A New Spin: Three Quick Projects Make the Fourth of July More Festive. (Home)

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A New Spin: Three Quick Projects Make the Fourth of July More Festive. (Home)


Bowling, Mary Jo, Peters, Jil, Sunset


Fun meets patriotism in these Fourth of July projects that will keep you cool, guide you up pathways, and send you spinning. We used stars and stripes with red, white, and blue as a theme to tie everything together.

Patriotic pinwheets

MATERIALS: Ruler * Red felt-tip pen * White paper * Blue construction paper * Rubber cement * Scissors * Pencil * Utility knife Pushpins * 18-inch-long dowels * Small beads * Straight pins * Hot-glue gun

DIRECTIONS

1. Use a ruler and a red felt-tip pen to draw stripes on a piece of white paper.

2. Attach the striped paper to a piece of blue construction paper with rubber cement or spray adhesive; the two pieces do not have to fit together perfectly because the paper will be cut down to a smaller size later.

3. Cut stars out of another sheet of white paper and attach them to the blue paper with rubber cement.

4. Trim the flag to a square. We cut ours down to a 7 1/2-inch square. Using a ruler and a pencil, draw an X at the center of the square (A).

5. Use a utility knife or scissors to cut two-thirds of the way from the corner of the square to the center. Repeat for each corner.

7. Push a bead onto a straight pin, fold alternating sections of the square into the center (B), and stick the pin through all of the layers. Add another bead to the pin and push it through the hole in the dowel.

6. Use a pushpin to make a hole in a dowel 1/2 inch from the end.

8. Place another bead on top of the dowel (C) and test to see if the pinwheel spins freely. …

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