Make your own Paper Windmill

Article by Mrs Fox’s

We used to make paper windmills when I was little.  They are easy to make and are a great craft project for a rainy afternoon.

At Mrs Fox’s we organise children’s parties so use windmills as a way to decorate a party venue, add the personal touch to party bags or as a craft that can be done at a party and taken home by the guests. We sometimes print the date of the event onto the inside of one of the sails.

Paper Windmill Tutorial

To make them yourselves…


  • a square of paper – Mine was 12.5cm (5″) x 12.5cm (5″)
  • a nail or pin tack
  • dowling, garden cane or drinking straw – I used a slender bamboo cane
  • a bead
  • pencil, ruler, scissors, hammer

1.  Take your square of paper and fold it in half to make a triangle and then fold that in half again.

2. Unfold the paper and referring to the diagram below cut 2/3′s of the way down the diagonal fold lines towards the centre point.  I used pinking shears but you could use normal scissors or those crafty scissors with blades cut for decorative edging.

Paper Windmill Craft

3.Working in a clockwise direction take your nail or pin tack and push it through the top corner of each sail, as in the diagram above. Once you have all four sails carefully push the nail or pin tack through the centre of the square.

4. Holding the windmill tightly turn it over and put a bead onto the nail sticking out of the back.  This acts as a spacer and will help the windmills turn smoothly. Then push the nail into the dowling/garden cane or whatever you are using as the windmill’s stick.  Tap the nail into place with a hammer, if it goes right through the cane I just tapped the point at the back bending the nail into the stick.

Making Paper Windmills with the kids


To pretty them up try using paper that has a different colour or pattern on either side, such as scrap booking paper or wallpaper.  We used plain brown paper first painting a design onto the back before cutting out our squares.

For the windmill’s stick I used bamboo canes from the garden, with the “help” of my Patterdale terrier who obviously thought these were new dog chews for him. I’ve also tried garden canes and dowling, the garden canes often split, but the dowling works really well.

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Other articles by Mrs Fox’s;

Mrs Fox’s Guide to Children’s Parties


Other articles about Children’s Parties

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  1. oooh I love those, very pretty.