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Making a paper windmill – 50 ideas for a creative activity in the spirit of childhood

Today we are inspired by a manual activity from our childhood to bring color into our adult life. By its simplicity and harmonious appearance, the paper windmill has an important place in a large number of DIY projects that are both fun and aesthetic. You will be amazed by these pretty creations obtained by a few folds and notches on a sheet of colored paper. In addition, these decorative windmills are easy to customize thanks to the wide variety of materials used. All you have to do is make them yourself and find a place for them in your interiors and party decorations..

Newsprint windmill

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Nice bouquet made with paper windmills

Necessary material :

  • old book pages
  • a paper knife
  • a pair of scissors
  • a hole punch
  • Parisian ties
  • skewers

Steps to follow :

  1. Cut a square that is 10 cm by 10 cm.
  2. To demarcate the middle, fold in half, joining the ends to form a triangle. Fold in half again. / Fold into a triangle.
  3. Deploy the square.
  4. Cut on half of each fold line.
  5. Take the hole punch. Drill a hole in the upper left corner of each triangle. Drill another hole in the center of the square.
  6. Prepare the Parisian ties. Join all the ends so that the four holes line up with the center hole. Secure with the Parisian tie.
  7. Fix the rod. Take a skewer and cut the sharp end with scissors.

To make the decorated windmill:

  1. Cut a slightly larger square (13 cm x 13 cm)
  2. Repeat the same operation as with the small mill.
  3. To make the center of the flower, use a piece of cream fabric, two cupcake boxes.

 Easy tutorial to make a windmill with little material.

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Folding paper to make the windmill in the shape of a flower.

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Looks like a real flower.

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To make the bouquet more chic, decorate a few windmills with an original fake flower.

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Daffodil windmill

Necessary material :

  • 2 squares of yellow and orange paper
  • a Parisian tie
  • a box of eggs
  • green chenille thread / green pipe cleaner thread
  • a rod

Steps to follow :

  1. Use identical double-sided colored paper. Superimpose the two sheets of paper.
  2. Draw the diagonals.
  3. Mark two landmarks on each diagonal a few inches from each end.
  4. Cut a little more than half of each line to the mark.
  5. Fold the corners in the center as shown below (every other corner), secure them together with a stapler.
  6. To form the pistil of the daffodil, cut out the pointed part of the egg carton and paint in the color of your choice.
  7. Drill a small hole in the center of the windmill and the egg carton to insert the Parisian tie.
  8. To make the stem for the daffodil, wrap the chenille yarn around the head of the Parisian tie. Then wrap the chenille yarn around the stem.
  9. Curl the yellow corners with a pencil.

Double-sided paper daffodil to decorate your spring soliflore vase.

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Paper windmill cake topper

Necessary material :

  • scrapbooking paper
  • a pair of scissors
  • glue or double-sided tape
  • a ruler
  • toothpicks

Steps to follow :

  1. Cut 3 sheets of scrapbooking paper (10 cm x 6 cm).
  2. Fold them like an accordion. Then fold each sheet in the middle.
  3. Cut the ends of the paper strip (the part that is not folded) by rounding the corners.
  4. Cut small triangles in the middle of each folded side to make a patterned paper windmill.
  5. Glue each leaf in the center to get a fan. Then glue the three sheets together.
  6. Attach a toothpick to the center of the paper windmill.

Small paper windmill – the perfect decoration for your cupcakes.

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 Original do-it-yourself cake topper.

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Personalized gift tag

Necessary material :

  • colored sheets of paper
  • gift tags
  • mini round Parisian ties
  • a pair of scissors
  • a glue stick

Steps to be continued :

  1. Cut out small squares with rounded corners from the different colored sheets of paper. Glue the two sheets together.
  2. Connect the ends diagonally by drawing curves like those in the third photo below.
  3. With a pin, drill a small hole at each rounded corner and in the center of the square.
  4. Insert the Parisian clip into one of the holes at the corners. Pass the tie through the other holes, leaving the one in the center of the last mill.
  5. Drill a hole in the label to attach the paper windmill to it.

 Mini paper windmill labels to enhance your gifts.

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Colored sheets of paper. 

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The steps to follow to make a decorative windmill. 

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Personalize the gift tag with this pretty mini windmill.

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Windmill spinning


  • eraser-tipped pencils
  • a pair of scissors
  • sewing pins
  • needle nose pliers
  • double sided scrapbooking paper sheets

Steps to follow :

  1. Bend the tacks with needle nose pliers at a 90 degree angle.
  2. Cut out squares from the sheets of paper (10 cm x 10 cm).
  3. Draw the diagonals and make two notches on each diagonal, stopping 4 cm from the center.
  4. Place the sheet of paper on the table and fold every other corner towards the center.
  5. Hold the corners together and secure with a thumbtack.
  6. Poke the pointed end of the thumbtack into the pencil eraser.

   Tutorial to make a spinning paper windmill.

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Monster-style paper windmill 


  • a windmill model to download from the website .
  • Parisian ties
  • straws
  • a pair of scissors
  • a hole punch
  • a paper knife

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 Give personalized guest gifts for a party in style.

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   Choose pastel colored paper.

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Adorable little boxes ideal for a wedding reception.

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 Double Sided Paper Decorative Mini Windmill.

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Use paper windmills to make original centerpieces. 

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Glass bottle instead of a vase, windmills instead of flowers. 

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 Original table runner composed of paper rosettes.

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Striped Place Card Windmill.

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Give a festive atmosphere to the sweet buffet by these colorful windmills.

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Rosette cake toppers.

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Baby shower decoration in soft colors.

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Turn wrapping paper into simple kraft by a few colorful windmills.

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A recycled paper windmill made with a child’s drawing and a straw. 

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Create an elegant paper windmill wall decoration.

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Elegant wall decoration. 

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 The paper windmill is even included in the bridal bouquet.

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 Giant windmill for a whimsical touch in the decor.

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 Zebra paper windmill.

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Garden decoration to make yourself from recycled materials.

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 Sunny place cards.

 Paper boutonniere for a windmills themed wedding.

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Original recycling idea.

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Windmill card to hide a sweet little note.

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