recycle vinyl placemat: outdoor pinwheel

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


  1. Whitney Falk says

    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!

  2. says

    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:)

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