My 3 Monsters: Paper Pinwheel Art {and a Bathroom Update}

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Paper Pinwheel Art {and a Bathroom Update}

I continue to plug away at the kids' bathroom this week.  Honestly, I thought I'd have it all done to show you by now, but then, as house projects so often do, it grew from just a paint job and a new shower curtain to a small-scale renovation.  I found the coolest {half-price!}mirror at Hobby Lobby on Monday when I went to get some new knobs for the vanity which led to the decision to take down the giant builder's grade mirror in the room.  I have wanted to do that for as long as we've owned the house and I figured I might as well do it now since I was painting anyway and the PERFECT mirror was HALF PRICE!!  Then, because of the new mirror, the old mirrored recessed medicine cabinet was going to look atrocious and RUIN EVERYTHING.  So obviously that had to come out, too.  Easily done, but then we were into patching the gaping hole in the drywall.  Luckily for me we had all the supplies for that in the garage or I might have been in major trouble with my husband.  

I'm also {don't tell Brent yet} probably going to take down the ugly light fixture in there and replace it with a chandelier I've had in the garage for a while patiently waiting for a home.  But after that it's just a paint job and a new shower curtain, I promise!  If I had my druthers, we'd rip out the tile in the shower and replace it with white subway tile, too, but even I can see how that would cross the line of good sense in our situation.  So, after 3 days of patching and sanding drywall, I think I'm just about ready to break out the paint.  Yay!

While I have been waiting for coats of joint compound and orange peel texture to dry the past couple of days, I have been working on some fun art for the "eclectic gallery wall of randomness" in there.  My children are most excited about having an eclectic gallery wall of randomness in their bathroom.  They're easily impressed, thank goodness.  

Today I'm going to show you the most inexpensive project on the planet -- Paper Pinwheel Art!

All you need is some hot glue, decorative brads, and a stack  of scrapbook paper scraps.  

I'm going to assume y'all know how to make a pinwheel, right?  I cut 3 inch squares of my paper to get the size that I wanted for my frame.  I first tried 4 inch squares, but they just felt too big. If you can find 2-sided paper that you like, that would be ideal for this project..  I couldn't so I had to double up my paper.  The only problem with that is that it makes the center of the pinwheel too thick to just poke a brad through to keep it in place.  Just hot glut the tips of the pinwheel in the center then cut the prongs off of your decorative brad and glue that on, too. 

I took an old frame and painted it white,  then, since my frame didn't have a backing, I cut a piece of thick cardboard to fit the opening and painted that with the same white paint.  You could also cover your background with decorative paper or fabric -- whatever works for you.  Here's an example of a similar project I did using burlap for the background.  This time I was going for a clean, simple look, so white it was!  Space your pinwheels evenly on the background and stick them on with a dab of hot glue.  Easy enough, right?  To give you a little perspective as a jumping off point for your own project, the opening of my frame is 10-1/2 inches by 14-1/2 inches and I used 6 of the 3 inch pinwheels.  I liked the way that looked.

My boys took one look at it and said, "Cool!  Mom made ninja stars for our bathroom!".  Their father quickly corrected them, "Guys, come on.  Obviously those are flowers."  Men!  Ya' gotta' love 'em.

Stop by tomorrow for another random eclectic art project using new Photo Transfer Mod Podge!


  1. I LOVE those boys and their "Ninja Star" mentality. :) Crackin' me up!!! Can't wait to see the whole she-bang all purdied up! What an awesome mom you are!

  2. This is sooo cute! Will have to go on my to-do list!

  3. What a great idea! I love the three dimensional art! Saw you on TT&J. Thanks for the inspiration! I think I'll be adding this to my daughter's art wall.

  4. Hi there! I am having a Sunday Blog Hop and would love for you to link up your cute blog.

    Danielle @ Blissful and Domestic


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