Halloween Pinwheels

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First you will need to print your pattern. If you try to print it from the web it will not print the right size. So you will need to save it to your computer. If you are running windows do this by right clicking on the picture of the pattern. A box will pop up with a list of options. Choose "save picture as". Now another box will pop up. Choose where you would like the picture to be saved and make a note of where you put it so you can find it when you have a program open that you can print it with. My documents or My Pictures is a good place to save your pattern to. Once you have chosen the location click "save".
Any photo program will work to open and print the pattern. Open your photo program then look for the icon to open a picture file you saved from the tool bar of that program. If you don't have any photo program you can use "mspaint". This use to be under "Accessories" on your start menu but the new computers don't have it in the accessories anymore. It is still on your computer though and you can still use it. To find "mspaint" on your computer begin at your computers start button. When the menu pops up look for search. Once you have search open click on the arrow that says "All files and folders" type "paint' in the box, click on the search button. A list of files will form in the white area to the right of the search box you are looking at. Find "mspaint" on the list and click on it. Windows paint will open and you can open the file and print your pattern. Under "File" then "Open" look for where you have stored the picture of your pattern. Once the image is on your screen just click on the Print icon choose the "fit to page" option on the printer options menu.
Now that you have your pattern printed you can use a repositionable glue stick lightly on the backside of the print of your pattern. This will make your pattern into a giant Post-it-note. Stick it to a scrap piece of paper to remove any excess glue. You would not want to get glue on your project and after it has been stuck once any glue that is going to come off will. Place the pattern on a sheet of cardstock score it and cut it out. Remove and discard the post-it pattern. After removing the pattern from your cardstock wipe it with a used dryer sheet to remove any unseen glue. This way if you plan to use embossing powder it will only stick where you want it to.

Cut out the pattern and punch the holes. If you do not have a long reach 1/4 inch hole punch you will have to carefully punch the center hole. Remove the pattern, if you plan to emboss on your pinwheel wipe the cardstock well with a used dryer sheet to remove any unseen glue from the pattern.

Paint a wood dowel and wrap with some ribbon. Stamp and emboss the pinwheel section as desired, keeping in mind the points with the holes will fold toward the center. Place an eyelet in the center hole then bring each corner with a hole to the center and onto the eyelet also. Once the eyelet is through the center and all four corners, set the eyelet. Be careful not to crease the bent edge of your pinwheel. Slip an upholstery tack though the eyelet in the center of the pinwheel an then another eyelet on the tack with the flared side toward the pinwheel€. This will act as a stand off so the pinwheel will turn smoothly. Tap the whole thing gently into the dowel, making sure not to drive the tack to tightly against the dowel. Just enough to be secure.

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