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recycle vinyl placemat: outdoor pinwheel

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Craft Week on Hating Martha continues with DIY Outdoor Pinwheels!

DIY Outdoor Pinwheels
Nothing is more whimsical and charming then a pin-wheel.

Here is an inexpensive and quick way to make a garden full of pinwheels that will survive the outdoors and that you and your child can create together.

Supplies needed:
Vinyl placemat.
Garden stake.
upholstery tack, or short nail with a large head.


1. Cut the vinyl placemat into a square.


2. Cut from each corner towards the center stopping just before the center. Do not cut through the center. (If your child is old enough to handle scissors, draw a template and ask them to cut their own. Vinyl placemats cut easily).


3. Fold each corner in towards the center. Press firmly on the fold to ensure it stays.
Fold them one at a time and stack them on top of each other in the center.


4. Adult only: using an upholstery tack or small nail with a large head firmly attach the “pinwheel” to the top of the garden stake by pounding the tack through the center (and through each of the corners). Leaving room between the nail and the stake allows the pinwheel to spin.

Now you can fill your yard with pinwheels…and then mow around EACH and EVERY one of them…joy!



 More great spring outdoor projects:

garden rock caterpillar
giant pick-up sticks
giant chess

Nellie is the founder of NellieBellie, and takes basically every photograph you've ever seen on this site. She also runs our web design business, the Savvy Sites Administration.


  1. Whitney Falk

    March 11, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    What a wonderful and easy solution! I have started a garden with my nieces and have discovered naughty creatures!! I don’t mind them being there, I just don’t want them eating everything before we can! I read that movement and motion will deter most gophers and squirrels (moles too!), and this would be a special project for us to do!

    • the Bellie

      March 22, 2015 at 11:20 am

      Love it! Hopefully this helps for you, let us know!

  2. Mindy

    July 10, 2012 at 10:48 am

    These are super cute!!!! I’ve made the paper ones before, but never made any of them like this! Thanks for sharing this great idea:)

  3. Virginia

    July 9, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    That is so cute! How clever to use placemats!

  4. Bella

    July 2, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    These are WAY better than the boring ol’ rainbow ones you see in stores!

  5. cassie

    July 1, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    these are adorable! love the colors, too! :)

  6. Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

    July 1, 2012 at 9:16 am

    They are perfect!!! Placemats…of course! Totally copying!


  7. Bliss

    July 1, 2012 at 7:27 am

    Hope the bears don’t think the pinwheels are edible.


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