How to Make a 3D Windmill Out of Paper

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  • Introduction

    How to Make a 3D Windmill Out of Paper

    Windmills are an interesting combination of beauty and function. Kids will enjoy creating a three dimensional windmill with moving parts out of card stock and construction paper. This craft provides a way to welcome spring, or can be used to augment a discussion of the value of wind power.

    Finished windmill (Vickie Kapnas)

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    Roll one sheet of construction paper into a cone shape and staple to secure at the top and the bottom. Trim the bottom so that the cone sits evenly.

    Body of windmill ()

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    Fold one piece of construction paper repeatedly until a 12-inch by 1-inch strip is created. Attach the strip to the inner back of the windmill with a staple.

    Inside view of windmill ()

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    Attach the top of the strip to the top front edge of the windmill. By spanning front to back inside of the windmill, this strip will add stability.

    Strip attached to front edge of windmill ()

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    Poke holes in the top of each card stock strip with scissors, about 1/2-inch from the edge. Poke a corresponding hole in the construction paper strip that is sticking out of the top of the windmill. Connect the windmill blades to the windmill by pushing the pipe cleaner through the holes. Fold edges of pipe cleaner front and back to secure. Move blades to the correct position and staple.

    Attaching blades ()

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    Add decorative touches with markers or crayons, as desired.

    Decorative touches ()

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    Tape a penny to the bottom of the windmill with masking tape. This provides extra bottom weight and will help the windmill to stand erect when blades are spun.

    Coins for extra weight ()

  • Checklist

    Things you will need

    • Two 9-inch by 12-inch pieces of construction paper
    • Four 6 1/2-inch by 1-inch strips of card stock
    • Pipe cleaner, cut in half
    • Markers or crayons (optional)
    • Scissors
    • Stapler
    • Masking tape
    • Penny
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    Tips and warnings

    Stickers and glitter can add extra decorative touches.

    Only older children should use sharp scissors to poke holes in card stock. An adult should be on hand to help younger children.

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