22 April 2022
Learn how to make these quaint little windmills as part of our miniature beach series in this fun tutorial by Candy Chappill, guaranteed to add a smile to any face!
Follow the nine simple step-by-step instructions to create your very own miniature windmill like Candy Chappill demonstrates here... Perfect for a beach scene or as decoration in your dolls house garden. Use the template provided or alternatively, use up any paper scraps you might have lying around!
DIY miniature windmill tutorial
You will need
- Double sided/patterned paper
- Sewing pins
- Decorative sequins
- Long head pins
- Spacer beads
1. Use the template provided to mark the pattern.
2. Pierce all the dots on your template with a pin.
3. Use a pair of sharp scissors to carefully cut along all the lines on your template.
4. Using your head pin, thread on a decorative sequin, and push it through one of your pre-pierced dots.
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5. Continue threading all your pre-pierced dots onto your head pin, going in order around the square.
6. Thread on some spacer beads – this is to stop the windmill becoming too squashed when finishing.
7. Thread the full head pin through the pre-pierced centre dot. This bit can be a bit fiddly.
8. Using a sewing pin, pierce a hole all the way through the end of a straw.
9. Thread your full head pin through this hole in your straw, and pull it as tight as you can – this is where your spacer beads come into effect. Once tight, add a blob of superglue over the hole, and trim the head pin once dried.
Blown away by this tutorial? If you're looking for more beach-inspired miniatures, catch the waves with a totally rad tutorial where you can create a miniature surfboard using polymer clay or add some shade to your scene with this miniature parasol tutorial!