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Easy Pinwheels

Decorate the whole block with these fun, easy-to-make pinwheels.

Row of painted pinwheels

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Drill and 1/4-in bit
  • Scissors or crafts knife
  • Hole punch
  • Pencil or Sharpie
  • Tape


  • #10-24 cap nuts, packs of four
  • #10-24 x 1-3/4 round-head machine screws
  • #10-24 hex nuts
  • 25-pack wood landscape stakes, (#4005)
  • White vinyl flashing, #233813 (available on Lowes.com)
  • Valspar spray paint in gloss Frosty Berry, gloss Gold Abundance, satin Tropical Foliage, gloss Deep Sea Diving

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Project Resources


Step 1

Lay out the roll of flashing and tape it flat to your work surface. Mark 10-inch squares with a pencil or Sharpie.

Good to Know

If you are making more than one pinwheel, mark out several on the plastic roll at once. It’s easier to do an assembly line process of painting, trimming, and assembly if you have all of your pieces ready to go.

Step 2

Before you cut out your pinwheel, paint or decorate the square. If needed, use a 220-grit sanding sponge to remove gloss before painting. Let dry.

Good to Know

Make a gradient by layering the spray paint with one color slightly overlapping the next.

Step 3

Cut out the 10-inch squares. Print out the Pinwheel Pattern and tape together the two pieces to create the full pattern. Tape the pattern onto the flashing square. Follow the template for punching holes and cutting (with scissors or a crafts knife) along the dotted lines. You will need to drill the center hole.

Step 4

Paint your landscape stake and let dry. Drill a 1/4-in hole in the stake about an inch from the top.

Step 5

To create the pinwheel shape, fold (without creasing) each corner with a hole toward the middle. Match up all the corner holes with the center hole. Push the machine screw through the holes, so the majority of the bolt is sticking out the back of the pinwheel. Secure the front of the pinwheel with a nut turned about 1-inch down the screw -- loose enough for the pinwheel to turn.

Step 6

Insert the machine screw through the hole in the stake and fasten a cap nut on the end. Adjust the hex nut so it’s tight against the stake. Use your first pinwheel as a guide for the remaining ones.