DIY Red, White and Blue Pinwheel Rosettes

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This Fourth of July, don't let the parade pass you by without waving one of these red, white and blue pinwheel rosettes. You can also string the rosettes together as a banner, or display them as a centerpiece. Reminiscent of old-fashioned patriotic bunting, the rosettes boast a nostalgic quality that is perfect for the holiday.

Things You'll Need

  • Scrapbook paper, or other decorative paper
  • Circle paper punch
  • Star paper punch
  • Tape runner or double-sided tape
  • Hot glue
  • Ribbon
  • 1/8" wood dowel
  • Scoring board
Fourth of July Rosettes
Fourth of July Rosettes (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Making the Rosettes

Step 1

You will need strips of paper that are sized to a 1:8 ratio. Scrapbook paper is ideal for the rosettes because the paper stock is sturdy, and the Fourth of July-themed patterns can be mixed and matched. To form a rosette with a 6" diameter, cut two strips of 3" x 12" paper, for a total size of 3" (the radius) x 24" – which is a 1:8 ratio.

Cut strips of paper
Cut strips of paper (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 2

Place each strip of paper on a scoring board and press a crease at the one-inch intervals. Then flip the paper over and press a crease at the half-inch intervals. You now have a score line every half inch, alternating between the front and the back.

Make score lines
Make score lines (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 3

Use the scoring lines on the strips of paper to help you make precise accordion folds. If you do not have a scoring board, you can just estimate the half-inch points as you fold the paper back and forth like a fan.

Accordion fold the paper
Accordion fold the paper (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 4

Connect the ends of the two accordion-folded strips with a tape runner to form a lampshade-like cylinder. If you don't have a tape runner, use double-sided tape, or even glue.

Attach the two strips together
Attach the two strips together (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 5

Pinch the top of the cylinder toward the middle and press down so that the bottom edge fans out. A rosette is born.

Press down to form the rosette
Press down to form the rosette (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 6

The rosette will want to pop back up, so it needs to be locked in place. Cut a circle out of contrasting paper with a circle paper punch and hot glue it to the middle of the rosette. Do the same on the back of the rosette for extra support. You can use plain paper for the back.

Lock the rosette in place
Lock the rosette in place (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 7

Embellish the rosette with star details. While you can cut out stars by hand, it is much easier to use a star paper punch. Hot glue the stars to the middle of the rosettes.

Embellish with stars
Embellish with stars (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 8

Wood dowels from the crafts store typically come in 36" lengths. Cut them in half to form 18" pieces. The 1/8" dowels are thin and can be easily cut with heavy duty scissors. Tie a ribbon to the top of the dowel and hot glue the dowel in one of the creases on the back of the rosette. Now you're ready to wave the red, white and blue.

Hot glue a dowel and ribbon to the rosette
Hot glue a dowel and ribbon to the rosette (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 9

Variation 1: For variety, you can also make some rosettes with scalloped edges instead of straight ones. After you have accordion-folded the strips of paper into one stack, cut a rounded edge on one side. When you connect the two strips to form a rosette, it will be scalloped at the circumference.

To form a scalloped edge
To form a scalloped edge (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 10

Variation 2: Rather than working with just one pattern of paper, you can layer different papers to form more intricate designs. In this example, a 2-inch strip of paper was glued to the bottom of the original 3-inch strip. You can add additional layers of paper, or even cutouts and words, for more variety.

Layer paper for more variety
Layer paper for more variety (Image: Jonathan Fong)

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