Wedding: Step-by-step pinwheels tutorial

I spent ages looking for how to make durable, safe paper pinwheels that actually spun (and didn’t have bare pins poking out). In the end I mashed together the advice from about 8 tutorials online – and thought I’d make my own. Here’s what you need:


For 1 x pinwheel:

  • 1 x double-sided patterned paper (6″ x 6″ works well)
  • 1 x paper drinking straw
  • 1 x 25mm paper fastener (brad / butterfly fastener)
  • 4mm holepunch
  • 4mm eyelet setter (mine has a holepunch as part of it)
  • 1 x 4mm metal eyelet
  • hammer (for eyelets, and for my type of holepunch)
  • scissors or craft knife & mat
  • pencil and eraser. A ruler / straightedge is also helpful


Step 1: Draw diagonal lines from corner to corner of your patterned paper. Erase the middle – you’re going to use scissors to cut along the pencil lines.


Step 2: Cut along the pencil lines. Then, add dots in every other corner, as below, and one dot in the centre of your paper. These are where you are going to punch your 4mm holes. Make sure your dots are at least 2mm from all edges!

My holepunch (also an eyelet setter) uses a hammer and a setting-cylinder to punch a hole through the paper. It means I don’t have to curl up my paper to get a hole in the middle of it.

Step 3: Pull the top left corner hole towards the center, and push the eyelet into the hole. Then go round in a clockwise direction, pushing the eyelet through each corner hole as you go, until you’ve done all 4. It should be looking a bit like a pinwheel now, but don’t let go or your eyelet will ping out!

Step 4: Turn the pinwheel over, and poke the eyelet through the centre hole. Use the hammer to set the eyelet. The hard part is done!



Step 5: Cut a 1cm slit in the top of your paper straw, about 2cm from the end of the straw. Push the paper fastener through the pinwheel, and into the straw, fastening it loosely at the back.

Make sure you leave a bit of extra length when you fold back the paper fastener, as you need to leave enough room for the pinwheel to spin freely.


Your pinwheel is complete! You might need to push the fins away from the straw a little, in order for it to spin freely, but it is now a functioning pinwheel. Celebrate by giving one to a friend:


Wedding: Step-by-step pinwheels tutorial

Wedding: Children’s favour bags

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Photo by Albert Palmer

Being part of two huge families, Dave and I were very aware of age-appropriating our wedding. We had a lovely Church service for the more refined guests, but also wanted to cater for the smaller people (and the big kids) at the reception.

For the children, this meant party bags! Or “favour bags” if we’re being fancy. Obviously there is a tricky line to toe between “I’m too old for a party bag” and “I’m gonna choke on this if left unsupervised”, so we opted for two types: one for the under-twos (made by my gorgeous friend Ellie), and one for the older children, made by Dave and I.

Ellie’s under-twos activity packs were seriously cool…


We had so many comments from parents thanking us for keeping their kids occupied so they could relax and get drunk enjoy the atmosphere.

The older kids mostly entertained themselves, but having sat through SO MANY WEDDING SPEECHES as a child, I thought they might appreciate some entertainment too…


Kinder suprise, ‘queue jump’ for the sweets table, origami paper and dinosaur instructions, metal puzzle, disposable camera and a shot list.

Overall the favour bags went down a treat – even with the older ones. A few just took the camera and the Kinder Egg I think – we assumed they’d just ignore them if they wanted to chill with the adults instead!

Wedding: Children’s favour bags

Homemade wedding confetti cones

I didn’t realise this before, but it’s becoming more and more common for couples to provide their own wedding confetti. I guess it prevents guests from bringing confetti that doesn’t biodegrade – but it’s also a nice thing when your guests have travelled a long way and – damn – forgotten the confetti. (This is me at every wedding I’ve ever been to.)

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Photo by Albert Palmer

We had dried flower petals (eBay) and paper cones. Newspaper would have worked just fine, and was definitely in the running, before I remembered I’d be wearing a white dress that attracts inky fingerprints…

Ridiculously easy to make – Once the kit arrived, I felt a little silly for buying it as a kit in the first place. It consisted of 50 little squares of paper and some super-skinny double-sided tape – that’s it! Admittedly the paper was lovely, it was cut out from old maps. So there was that.

Here’s a lovely little tutorial for making confetti cones – I only did steps 1-3, because I am a lazy bride.

My advice for making confetti cones:

– Use thin paper, not card! They don’t need to be robust, and card just makes them ‘ping’ open. Not great if they’re full of confetti.

– Devise a way of storing them when full of confetti. Perhaps a layer of chicken wire in a box, and poke them in the holes. I didn’t think of this until the night before the wedding when I was making them…

– Consider just putting all your confetti in a box, and asking guests to scoop out a coneful each. My bridesmaids were handing them out of the Church and it was lovely!

– Bubbles also make excellent confetti!

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Photo by Albert Palmer
Homemade wedding confetti cones

Gold Dinosaur Wedding!

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Photo by Albert Palmer

Sooooo if you haven’t guessed by now, our wedding was sort of dinosaur themed… it was never really meant to be, but you know how these things go.

Photos by Albert Palmer


Shout out to Jo at Shiny Rubbie People for the amazing fern cake. And for indulging me by letting me add my golden dino-bride and groom…

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Photo by Albert Palmer

Dino veil was a scrap of fabric netting tucked into the pearls. Pearl necklace was an elastic plastic-pearl ring from eBay, and dino groom is sporting a miniature bow on ribbon, all attached with double-sided tape. The bunting is made from ‘sample’ scraps of fabric and ribbon (eBay) and a couple of skewers, all held together by mini pegs, dodgy sewing and a healthy dose of luck.

As for the gold dinos, just regular plastic toy dinosaurs sprayed gold with Plastikote. Very thin layers or you get a flaking issue.

The rubbery dinosaurs didn’t take to the paint too well and never fully dried, so I’m pretty sure there were a few kids with sparkly fingers at the reception. Oops! The tiny dinosaurs made great favours though, along with little origami boxes full of gourmet jellybeans.

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Photo by Albert Palmer

And of course, no wedding is complete without A SATIN AND SILVER DINOSAUR TAIL!

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Photo by Albert Palmer
Gold Dinosaur Wedding!

Upcycled wedding dress hangers

I didn’t want to be spending unnecessary money on throwaway things like wedding hangers, but still wanted them to look pretty.

I’m not sure it’s technically upcycling, but I found some matching wooden coat hangers in Dave’s wardrobe (thanks Dave!) and used my old pyrography pen to burn each bridesmaids’ initial onto the hanger.


Photos © Albert Palmer

Upcycled wedding dress hangers