HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
Here’s how to recycle popsicle sticks to make an easy pinwheel that will brighten your lazy summer days. Blow it gently or put it in front of a fan or window and have fun watching it spin. You can make as many as you like with colourful paper and put it in a vase for decoration.
You will need
• A square piece of scrap paper
• A pair of scissors
• Popsicle sticks
• Push pin
1. Measure and cut out a square piece of paper about 8 X 8 inch. You can use the chart paper or any scrap light weight paper.
2. Fold the paper in half on the diagonal line so that you can make a triangle and a crease. Unfold the paper again.
3. Repeat the process with the other diagonal (point number 2). Unfold it again like mentioned above.
4. Use a pencil to mark a line on the crease. The mark should be only 1/3 of the way from the centre of crease line. Mark on all four diagonal lines in the same way.
5. Cut along all the four lines stopping at pencil mark.
6. Fold each corner into the centre of the paper one by one. Make sure not to crease the folds, just leave it loose to form a loop.
7. Secure all the four corners in the centre with a pushpin. Then stick that pushpin into the tip of the popsicle stick. You may also use the pencil with eraser tip instead of popsicle stick.
8. Do not push the pin very tightly, leave a little space in between the pin and the stick so that it spins better. If it does not spin, wiggle the pin around to make the hole in the paper bigger. And your pinwheel is ready.