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Make a Paper Windmill

Wind turbines are one way of producing renewable energy. Follow the instructions below and watch the YouTube video to help you make your very own paper windmill.

You will need

  • Square sheet of paper in 2 shades
  • Decorative stickers (if you like)
  • Flat-ended map pin or push pin
  • Plastic straw or pencil with a rubber top.

Step 1)

Cut a square 15cm x 15cm of paper.  Matching edges all round, fold the paper in half diagonally and open out. Fold diagonally again, this time on the opposite diagonal and open out.

Step 2)
Cut from one corner along the diagonal fold stopping around 3cm from the centre. Repeat along the remaining diagonal folds.

Step 3)

Fold four alternate corner sections down to the centre of the paper, holding each section under your thumb at the centre as you work. Place a sticker centrally on the windmill so that it holds the four blades in position.

Step 4)

Take a map pin or push pin and push it through the centre of the sticker and out the back of the
windmill. Push the map pin into the top of the dowelling stick so that it firmly secures the windmill in place, but still allows the windmill to turn. You may need to tap gently home with a hammer.

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