DIY Colorful Summer Pinwheels

Pinwheels always make me happy. There’s something about the way they dance with the breeze and shine in the sun — something so cheerful and unabashedly positive about them! There are plenty of plastic pinwheels to go around, so I thought wouldn’t it be fun to create them out of colorful paper? This was such a fun project to execute for Gelli Arts® and Michael’s.

I am sure if you look around your studio, you will find lots of gel pate printed papers waiting to be turned into pinwheels! I ended up distributing these to the kids on our street and got multiple requests on learning how to make them.

If you’ve already taken a gel plate printing class with me and have stacks of paper sitting around, this would be the perfect summertime activity to do with kids! If you’d like to learn how to make complex, unique and colorful patterned papers, consider taking one of my self-paced online courses.

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What do you think of this project? Is it something you’d try your hand at?

Published by mansimakes

Hi there, I am Mansi, a self-taught artist based in Silicon Valley. I was a full-time communications professional for two decades, with a desk job and a six-figure salary until I decided to become a mom. Motherhood, as many will attest, can be extremely exhausting, especially in those first years. Art became my quiet place. It restored my sense of self. It gave me renewed energy. It helped me become a better mom. I was led down the path of creation by instinct and “discovered“ in early 2019 by a fellow kindred spirit at one of my art pop-ups who asked me to join her entrepreneurial venture. While I immersed myself full time in the role of CFO and co-founder of this women-led venture supporting local women makers, I missed experimenting with mixed-media. So, in 2021, I've decided to focus my energies full time in finessing my craft, producing more online tutorials and offering in-person art workshops for both adults and children. Thank you for joining me on this adventure as I experiment, learn and continue creating custom pieces of joy.

One thought on “DIY Colorful Summer Pinwheels

  1. They are so gorgeous Mansi.
    I love pinwheels and they reminds me of my childhood.
    I have 3 big brothers and they helped me often to make these and kites.
    Most of the time I draw/coloured on papers or used coloured tape for the special kite paper.
    Thank you so much for sharing, stay safe and have a wonderful day.

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