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Patriotic Dessert Pinwheels

I simply love the look of dessert toppers, they are a wonderful addition to just about any yummy treat. Rather than the usual cupcake and topper, I wanted to try something a little bit different this Fourth of July…

Welcome, the patriotic pinwheel and mini cheesecake. Yay!

I know that there are probably a zillion pinwheel tutorials available, but the version I made was so simple (I already had everything in the house), I thought I would share…

Very simple supply list:

  • Scrapbook paper (double sided works best)
  • Pins (you will want a pin with a large head, I love using these colorful sewing pins)
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Scissors
  • Pliers

First, take the pliers and bend the pin. Bend it about one-third the way from the top. The longer (straight) portion of the pin will anchor the pinwheel to the lollipop stick.

Cut scrapbook paper into squares. Since I was using my pinwheels as dessert toppers, I went with four inches. I could have gone a touch smaller – maybe three inches.

Once the squares are ready, cut a diagonal from each corner two-thirds of the way to the center.

Fold corners to the center. The corners can be secured with glue, but I find that gums up your pinwheel’s ability to spin.

Take the bent pin and push it through the center of the pinwheel (make sure to catch each layer of paper). Wiggle the pin around just a bit to make the pin hole loose so the pinwheel will turn freely. Finally, push the pin into the lollipop stick.

I made several pinwheels, but for the Fourth I think I like this one best…

Insert into your dessert and ta-da! A lovely celebratory yummy!!! And, um, just pretend like the cheesecake liner is red and white ummkay? I swear it was…

Is it just me, or are pinwheels all the rage these days? I first made these for Memorial Day (and at the time thought it a bit unique), but it seems like I’ve seen them everywhere recently…What do you think the next trend is going to be?

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14 Responses to " Patriotic Dessert Pinwheels "

  1. Wow! You are on a roll, Tauni! These are adorable! Thanks for the easy-to-follow tutorial!

  2. Jennifer

    So cute! I love pinwheels and that you can make them with any colors or patterns. :)

  3. Lorie

    Cute! I *heart* pinwheels!

  4. Leanne says:

    I love pinwheels! WHat a cute ideas!

  5. Jennifer says:

    LOVE these SO MUCH!!!!!

  6. Megan says:

    I’ve been trying to figure out how to attach the pinwheels to the sticks–now I know! Thanks for sharing!

    • Tauni says:

      Ha ha. I don’t know how everyone else attaches their pinwheels to the stick, but this method worked well for me!

      Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment!


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