Since this was a Garden Party, I knew I needed to leave room in my budget for some fresh flowers, but after I walked around the patio space, I realized we already had so much natural greenery that flowers weren't necessary. Enter: plan B!
The space needed some spring colors other than green; like yellow, pink and purple. I knew I could pick up some flowers on the day of the party if needed, but wanted to try out an alternative method to inject color into the setting.
I got the idea to include pinwheels - as my pop of color - only a couple of days before the party. I created a few testers, and knew it was going to be the perfect craft! I was familiar with the supplies (no learning curve involved), everything was cost-effective (less than $10 for nearly 30 pinwheels), and they were not very time consuming (all wheels were completed during a three episode Scandal marathon).
I looked up a some tutorials online, bought a pack of pink cardstock ($5 at Michaels) and made a bunch of examples to see what size I wanted.
I landed on two sizes: 7 in x 7 in, and 4 in x 4 in. Then, I free handed the diagonal cuts from the corners. Things weren’t exact, but they seemed to work alright once I assembled the pieces together. I punched a hole in every other corner + the middle. I bought a pack of simple metal brads ($2.99 at Target) and they worked perfectly. Jason served as my crafting assistant the night before the party, by securing the squewers to the backs of the assembled "wheels" with scotch tape. [ See above for a simple visual tutorial.]
Due to time constraints, I made the executive decision to make them stationary, a.k.a. these pinwheels don't actually spin. They worked in the space just fine, without spinning. Although, the day turned out to be fairly windy, so in hindsight I wish they would have spun. Maybe next time!
These suckers were simple, and gorgeous, and brought the perfect splash of color, placed all around the event space. Follow the pictures above, and this tutorial, as a guide, when you make your own.