Brighten up the garden with a colourful paper windmill decoration - an ideal project for kids

Paper windmillWe think learning how to make a paper windmill is almost a right of passage! With their simple design and working mechanism children will love to get involved and make their very own paper windmill.

This would make a perfect party craft to do with lots of children if you’ve been tasked with coming up with the craft-y entertainment!

Use contrasting colours for the front and back to get the maximum impact when the heads start to spin in the wind.

This basic principle, for the head piece, also makes a great decoration idea for parties. You could thread a series of windmills in pretty colours along a string for a fun and unique garland, or write people’s names on them as use them as place cards! People will love having their very own handmade windmill to take home with them.

Wooden dowels are even better than straws for the stick of the paper windmills, as they won’t bend or break easily. You might have to give the pin tacks and extra little push but they’ll go in fine with just a little extra encouragement.


    • Spotty and stripy paper
    • Straws
    • Glue
    • Pin tacks and small beads


    • For each windmill, cut two 14cm squares, one red and one blue. Glue back to back and leave to dry.
    • Draw diagonal lines from corner to corner and make a 5cm cut along each line.
    • Fold every other point towards the centre and glue in place.
    • Fix the windmill to a straw with a pin tack, gluing a bead over point.


Now all there is left to do is to have fun! Spin your paper windmills as fast as you can and see which is fastest! The trick is to not fasten the pin tack too tightly to allow plenty of room to move round the bar.