How To Make Easy, Plantable Pinwheels For July 4th

Garden Collage knows there is nothing more fun than preparing for a July Fourth Celebration! This year we are sitting down with our Lil’ Sprouts and making red, white and blue pinwheels out of seed paper that can be planted after the holiday passes. Pinwheels are easy to make and add an air of whimsy to bowls of farm stand cherries and blueberries– the perfect combination of red, white, and blue.

Garden Collage Pinwheels


  • seed paper (multiple sheets)
  • scissors
  • push pins
  • pencil with eraser (or a straw)


  1. Cut 6″ x 6″ squares of seed paper.
  2. Measure to the center of each paper square and make a small hole in the middle.
  3. Cut diagonally from each corner, stopping 1/4 inch from the center.
  4. Bring alternating corners to the center  of the square to create the pinwheel shape.
  5. Hold the paper corner in place at the center and push a brass fastener through the center of the paper and a paper straw, then open the fastener’s flaps and secure the pinwheel in place.

After the celebration you can plant the paper and the flowers that emerge will have you remembering your festive 4th of July holiday for weeks to come– a garden project that keeps on giving.

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