Friday, 15 April 2011

I Love... Pinwheels

As I'm sure you'll have gathered by now if you're a regular reader, I like things that make me smile, I like things that are a little bit fun and quirky and I like a good bit of wedding DIY. Pretty paper pinwheels tick all of those boxes. They're just so versatile - you can make them in any colour and any size, you can use them in so many ways and for so many things, you can add 'stems' and pop them in vases or add some ribbon and hang them for large scale decorations.

Pinwheels are really easy to make and if you follow instructions, you'll be a one-woman (or one-man) pinwheel making perfectionist in no time. So when you've been won over by pinwheels, you need to use them and here are some rather fabulous ideas for you...

 Above - really, how gorgeous is this dessert/drinks table? The colours are just beautiful, the hanging frames, the outdoorsy natural setting and those cute pinwheel decorations are the perfect finishing touch. An easy DIY touch - no worries about flowers wilting, no worries about colours not matching and you can carry this detail through the rest of the day as well. Perfect. Image - Jubilee Events

 Above - I love quirky props for personal photos and these oversize pinwheels are great - bright, fun and very visually interesting. These would also be great for a photo studio or even a little gifts to kids to keep them amused during formal photos! Image - Dana & Jeremy Photography

Above - aren't these the sweetest seating cards? The pinwheels simply have little tags attached giving the guests their table assignments and as a cute finishing touch, these are popped into trugs filled with sand for a real seaside vibe. This image makes me smile. Image - Factory Direct Craft

Above - vases filled with coloured & patterned pinwheels are effective (and budget friendly!) decorative details that would be a fab way to brighten up tables at an outside reception (or as a table centre on a children's table) I think the coloured straws forming the stems of the wheels are a great touch here too. Image - Elizabeth Anne Designs

Above - regular readers will know my love of the red/aqua colour scheme so this pinwheel save the date is guaranteed a place in this feature! The little calendar that is the save the date is tucked inside the pinwheel which is made from very pretty paper. Spot the pinwheel logo on the card - do we think they couple are giving their guests a little clue about the day's motif? I think so... Image - Giddy Ink

Above - aren't these just the prettiest pink pinwheels? The paper is beautiful and that ribbon detailing to  the centre is really rather delicious. I love the way the wheels are in the vase (note the ribbon accent!) and how fab would it be to see lots of these pinwheels available for guests to grab for an alternative to the confetti shot, to give the bride and groom a send off at the end of the night or even as en-masse props for a great group shot! Image - via Wedding Bee

Above - leaving the gorgeous typewriter aside (although that pains me because I am totally loving typewriters as wedding props right now) but these perky little pinwheels are actually cupcake accessories! Can you just imagine a dessert table decorated with these? For a little twist, you could combine seating cards & favours. Image - Wedding Cupcakes 

Above - love the fun in this pic! Oversized pinwheels are working in as bridesmaid's 'bouquets' here and I have to say that I think these would work particularly well for smaller flowergirls too. But I shall stop now to let you go shopping for pretty papers... Image - via Wedding By Color

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