I don’t usually get to decorate our apartment for holidays or seasons or whatever. I blame it on my lack of a mantel, deck/porch/outdoor area, or any indoor horizontal surface that is safe from cats. Seriously, I have three pieces of “decor” and they are all on top of the tallest bookcase in our apartment, and still sometimes I come home from work find them knocked to the ground!
So imagine how excited I was to see the adorable Fourth of July pinwheels that Vanessa from Nifty Thrifty Things linked up to last week’s Fun In Functional link party! Outside decor that doesn’t require a whole porch! Woot!
I printed out her printable, followed the simple instructions, and look!
They’re super easy to make, so if you’re still looking for some decorations for the 4th of July just head over to Vanessa’s blog and download the printable.
There are only a couple of things I would note about making these. First, when you stick the pin through all the “spokes” to hold it together in it’s pinwheel shape make sure you start from the white, un-printed side of the paper. I did it backwards at first, poking the pin into the spokes from the colored side, but it doesn’t go together at the end if you do that.
Also, I just used the extra sticks from when we made caramel apples because I don’t have any paper lollipop sticks. You could also break a wooden shish kebab skewer in half and use that.
And finally, the white space in between the spokes of the pinwheels looks like a fat little dolphin! How cute is that! I didn’t realize until I cut the pinwheels out, but check it out.
The cats were totally fascinated by the pinwheels too; it was really pretty adorable. I blew on one of the pinwheels to test that it turned and that I hadn’t bound it together too tightly and they immediately started trying to “hunt” it. 🙂
I ended up sticking the pinwheels in the flower pots our herbs are growing in so that they could be blown about by the wind. But of course it was totally still and calm (and 100 degrees, gross!) all day today, so they aren’t moving right now. But the alley this window looks out on gets really windy sometimes so I can’t wait!
A little over-exposed, but it’s hard to take a picture out a window when the sun is shining in through it!
Have you decorated for the 4th of July yet? Do you plan to? Or do you have cat-related hindrances to your decorating abilities as well?
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