I've found another great idea over at Once Wed, who featured this retro pinwheel idea by Laurie-I love her Etsy shop too.
The great thing about these pinwheels is they'll keep your guests occupied whatever their age, would make for brilliant photos in action and are versatile to suit a wedding in any season. You can custom make these to suit your colour scheme and mix and match the colours and textures for variety...
You Will Need:
Several sheets of 12" x 12" double sided scrapbook or decorative paper (a lightweight paper, not stiff, heavy card stock)
Round headed pins
12" wooden dowels
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
A push pin
Flower shaped craft punch
A pair of scissors
1. Begin by measuring and cutting several 6" squares out of your paper.
2. Find the centre of one of your squares and mark it by poking a hole through it with your push pin. (see figure 1)
3. Lay your paper pattern side down and use your ruler to draw diagonal lines from each corner to make an 'X'. (see figure 1)
4. Cut along the diagonal lines, from all four corners, stopping once inch before you meet the hole in the centre of your paper. (see figure 2)
5. Use your push pin to make a hole in the right hand corner of each side of the square, just to the left of the line you've just cut. (see figure 3)
6. Use your craft punch to cut out a paper flower (alternatively you could do this by hand). Stick your round headed pin through the centre of the flower. (see figure 3)
7. One by one, bring each of the pin-holed corners to the centre and stick the flower and pin through each of the four holes. (see figure 4 and 5)
8. Next, put the pin through the hole in the centre of the square and set aside.
9. Make a pilot hole using your push pin, 1/2 inch down from the end of the dowel.
10. Put a drop of glue on the hole and quickly insert the pin that runs through the pinwheel centre into the glue and dowel. (see figure 6 and 7) Be careful not to let the pinwheel paper touch the glue on the dowel while it's drying. If it sticks, it can't spin.
11. Arrange your completed pinwheels in a vase or container like flower stems, or leave them on the seats for your guests to have when they arrive.
To see directions for the ribbon wands attached to the pinwheels pictured, click here.