These instructions will show you how to make an easy origami pinwheel. If you’ve never folded anything before we recommend that you check out our Beginner’s Guide which will show you all the basic folds and techniques.

Pinwheel Step 1

Step 1) Fold the paper in half and then unfold it.

Pinwheel Step 2

Step 2) Fold both sides in to the centre along the dotted lines.

Pinwheel Step 3

Step 3) Fold the top and bottom in to the centre.

Pinwheel Step 4

Step 4) Unfold the folds from the previous step.

Pinwheel Step 5

Step 5) Open up the paper along the dotted lines.

Pinwheel Step 6

Step 6) Squash Fold the paper flat.

Pinwheel Step 7

Step 7) Open up the paper at the top and Squash Fold it flat.

Pinwheel Step 8

Step 8) Fold the paper out along the dotted lines.

Pinwheel Step 9

Step 9) Open up each of the 4 flaps.

Pinwheel Step 10

If you’d like to you can pin the windmill to a stick and blow into the pockets to make it spin.

Pinwheel Step 11

The complete pinwheel or windmill

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