I made a cute summer door decoration. I like to call it a Summer Pinwheel Wreath. When I first started planning for this craft project, I imagined pinwheels. I also thought of fun colors such as light green, a summery orange, sky blue and a touch of chocolate brown. I first considered making this wreath a circle shape but then decided I wanted it to be a rectangle.
You may remember my Ruffly Paper Spring Wreath. That wreath was meant for my mantle. It’s actually still on my mantle except I changed the flowers for the summer season. Anyways, I don’t normally put a wreath on my door except during the fall and Christmas season. But this Summer Pinwheel decoration is definitely meant to be hung on a door.
This fun and thrifty project was easy to make. I used an 11×17 frame, Krylon Pistachio spray paint, scrap book paper, ribbon, flower puncher, ruler, scissors and a hot glue gun. I also used a cute white picket fence wood piece, small unpainted letters, paint brush and chocolate brown paint.
If you use an existing frame and already have some fun paper, then his project will be inexpensive.
How to make a Summer Pinwheel Wreath – Here’s my Tutorial:
The Frame – I painted the wood frame using Krylon Pistachio spray paint. This was my first time using this spray paint. I love how easy it was to apply and especially love how the color looks. I used two coats.
“WELCOME” Picket Fence Sign – Whenever I start a project, I like to do a “practice” run. I have all these grand ideas in my head but it doesn’t always mean it’ll automatically turn out as expected. Do you know what I mean?! Anyways, here’s my “practice” attempt. I looked at it for a few minutes while holding it against my front door. I felt like it was missing something. It needed something in the middle. This is how the “WELCOME” picket fence came to be.
I went on a mission to Michaels (with my 20% off everything coupon). I didn’t even think about a picket fence design. I was hoping to find a cute already-made “welcome” sign that was inexpensive. But I didn’t see anything like that. Then I thought I’d just get a strip of wood and paint the words “Welcome” on it. As I walked around the store, I saw this white picket fence wood piece. It was already painted white…bonus! I then came upon the small wooden letters.
I started finding all the letters except they had no “L” anywhere. Determined to find a solution because it was coming together so nicely, I thought outside the box. I took the letter “F”, turned it upside down and cut out the middle part it. And now it’s a “L”…yay.
I painted the letters a dark brown. My 7 year old daughter helped me with this task. Once the letters were dried, I glued them onto the picket fence.
So how did I secure the sign to the wreath frame? I used two popsicle sticks. I painted them brown and first glued them to frame. I then glued the welcome sign onto the popsicle sticks.
The Pinwheels – I picked out 2 fun summery scrap book paper patterns. You might have noticed there’s a pattern on one side and a solid color on the other side. I made the pinwheels different sizes.
- 1 Large – 6 inch square
- 1 Medium – 4 inch square
- 2 Small – 3 1/4 inch squares
- 2 Extra Small – 2 1/2 inch square.
Here’s how I made the pinwheels. I first cut out my paper squares. I drew an X from corner to corner on the squares. I cut along the lines but not all the way to the center – make sure to stop about 1/2 inch to 1″ from the center depending on size of square. I then gathered every other corner to the center and secured with glue.
I arranged and glued on the pinwheels to my pistachio colored frame. I also cut out some flowers (with my flower puncher) and glued them to the middle of the pinwheels. The last thing I did was tie on a brown polka dotted ribbon to the top middle of the frame.
And there you have it…a beautiful summer door decoration. This would also look great hanging up on a wall.