Shimmer Sheetz Pinwheel Party
By Judi Kauffman
Hello, all! I’m back as guest designer with a simple and versatile project: Shimmer Sheetz Pinwheels. These can be used on place cards and napkin rings or as cupcake and sundae toppers. Replace the lollipop sticks with longer waterproof plastic beverage stirrers and decorate your favorite party drinks with colorful Shimmer Sheetz Pinwheels. Or add some sparkle to a plant or flower arrangement. (Shimmer Sheetz is waterproof and colorfast, so the Pinwheels will last a long time.)
Remember: You’ll need a metal adaptor plate or a Sizzix Big Shot with Precision Base Plate to die cut Shimmer Sheetz. Review Els van de Burgt’s YouTube video if you’re new to this technique.
- Die cut as many Shimmer Sheetz Pinwheels as you need. There will be five tiny holes – one in each corner and one in the middle. After die cutting each pinwheel use a corsage pin or a piercing tool to poke the tiny little round Shimmer Sheetz pieces out of the five holes – the pieces may still be stuck inside the die or remain in the pinwheel piece. Die cut at least one cardstock pinwheel piece so you can practice turning in the corners. Optional: Lightly sand the pinwheels to slightly tone down the shine. Samples were sanded on both sides.
- Using an eighth-inch brad, construct your ‘practice’ pinwheel so your hands will feel comfortable with the way the pinwheel is assembled. Next, carefully construct the Shimmer Sheetz Pinwheels. It is a bit more challenging than paper because the Shimmer Sheetz wants to pop up, but you want it to curve inward for each of the four sections, and there isn’t a lot of room for your fingers inside the shape while you’re making sure that the brad goes through all of the holes in the right order. You will be holding the curves and working the legs of the brad into the tiny holes at the same time! It’s very awkward at first, but becomes easier and easier.
- Cut a 3” piece from a 4” lollipop stick for each pinwheel. Use an eighth-inch piece cut from a Power Adhesive Tab to secure the pinwheel to the stick. Alternatively, secure the pinwheel to a beverage stirrer of whatever length you choose.
- Option: Tie a bow to the stick (metallic braid, sixteenth-inch ribbon, baker’s twine, other).
Elizabeth Craft Designs –
Power Adhesive Tabs (Tombow)
Metal adaptor plate for die cutting machine
OR the Sizzix Big Shot machine w/Precision Base Plate
Lollipop sticks or plastic beverage stir sticks
Craft knife (to cut lollipop sticks)
Non-stick scissors (to cut Power Tabs)
Sanding block (optional)
Ribbon, twine, braid (optional)