How to Make Paper Windmill

This craft step by step on how to make paper windmill that spins around, is one of my favorite fun and easy summer craft ideas for kids. Like most of my other crafts these will make great toys to take outside too, as well as to the beach. 

how to make paper windmill

Paper crafts are cheap and super simple to put together in a short space of time. 

This summer pinwheel craft will be kids favorite that’s for sure. My children are always begging me to buy one of these in the shops before we go to the beach! 

They simply love watching it spin around in the wind! They also blow to make it move around when there is no wind!

Now we can make our own and add any design we wish! 

If you love this paper windmill you will adore my house pinwheel craft, which is basically a tiny windmill!! You can see it below.

pinwheel house craft

How To Make A Paper Windmill

There are lots of summer crafts your little ones can do. Today, they’ll make a paper windmill. Paper windmills are so much fun!

I remember when I was a child, how much I enjoyed running around “making wind” for my paper windmill. Encourage your child’s creativity and suggest using a magazine picture instead of plain paper. Then take him/her out and let them test their summer windmill!

Instead of just plain paper, use a picture or some design that will look cool when turning in the wind!

Make sure you follow the instructions carefully so that your windmill does indeed spin around!

Spinning Paper Windmill

Summer Paper Windmill

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: easy

This windmill summer craft idea is not fun to make, but also a great tool to help teach about the wind! The supplies for this craft are simple, and you can find them all on Amazon. We got our card-stock at a great price (see below for a great deal).




Step #1:

Take your piece of paper and cut it into a perfect square.

An easy way to do this is fold the paper into a triangle, taking one corner and lining it up to the other side. This will leave excess on one side that, once cut, gives you a square!

Paper windmill craft procedure

Step #2:

Decorate both sides of the paper with whatever design you wish.

You can create a summer scene or just a fun design - like the colorful hearts we've created.

How to make a windmill that spins

Step #3:

Fold the paper diagonally so it turns into a triangle and crease it lightly.

Repeat this for the opposite direction as well. You will then unfold and have a creased "X" on the page.

Paper windmill step by step craft

Step #4:

Cut along the creases about halfway to the middle of the paper. Be sure not to cut all the way.

Pinwheel craft with paper and scissors

Step #5:

Bend each corner into the middle. Make sure to bend and not fold.

Summer paper windmill

Step #6

Once all 4 corners are in the middle push the push pin through them all as well as the straw or eraser. Be careful not to hurt yourself with the pin!

Spinning Paper Windmill

If you want to buy some of your own you can do this too!

More Summer Craft Ideas for Kids

We have a number of great ideas for summer, and these are not all of them.

Be sure to check out more of our summer crafts for kids for all our great ideas.

We’ve made most of these crafts from simple supplies, like paper and glue.

We have great crafts like:

  • a fan to keep you cool
  • some paper mache fun to create a baseball that will explode with candy
  • fun bookmarks to keep the page of your favorite book
  • a nature themed picture frame to keep those summer memories

I thought I should leave you some previews below to show you how awesome these Summer crafts look!


Easy folded paper fan

Cute folded paper fan

Baseball pinata

Baseball pinata

Sunny handprints

Sunny handprints- Sun Paper Plate Craft

Paper butterfly

Easy paper butterfly

Wood picture frame

Wood picture frame

Ladybug paperclip bookmark

Ladybug paperclip bookmark

These easy crafts for kids are perfect for keeping kids entertained while they are home from school over the Summer months!

Too hot some days in the summer?

Why not have some printables ready and get the little ones doing some summer word searches.

One last tip before you go, if you live in a real windy area you might want to try and make this with sturdier paper, and remember to hold on tight…we do not want our craft to blow away!

You might need to make it with card if you decide to do some Halloween or Christmas themed windmills as the weather is not as pleasant at this time of the year!

A black and orange windmill with white ghosts and black spiders would be perfect for Halloween!

Please share your completed windmills with me!!

Do you now know How to Make Paper Windmill?

Kids will have fun all summer long with these cute paper mills. Lots more great crafts to do in the summer weather! #summercrafts #summeractivities #summer #kids #papermills #crafts #kidsactivities

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