Trend Talk with Laura Vegas: Scrapbooking with Accordion Pinwheels

Have you caught the paper pinwheel fever? It’s a hot one right now in scrapbooking and it happens to be the trend we’ll be talkin’ about here today. I’m delighted to welcome Creating Keepsakes Dream Team member, Laura Vegas, to the discussion. Let’s get her take on this happy trend. Welcome, Laura!


I absolutely love lots of dimension on my layouts. And since I have such a huge pattern paper collection, I love finding fun techniques to make my own paper embellishments to add to my projects. Accordion pinwheels are so easy to make, using any paper you have on hand, and they add such a huge amount of texture and dimension to your projects.

But you don’t have to limit your accordion pinwheels to layouts. They can be created in any size you want, depending on your needs. You can make small pinwheels that are perfect for topping cupcakes. Or go big, and create larger pinwheels that can be used for adding fun, decorative touches to parties. Kellan Studios shows us a fun mix of both small and large pinwheels in this adorable party setup.

Pinwheels are becoming really popular decorations at weddings. Aren’t these pinwheel table numbers, seen on the Ruffled Blog, unique?

Look at how this huge cluster of pinwheels (as seen on the Hostess With The Mostess blog) adds such a huge amount of interest to the wall behind the dessert table! This approach would also be a great idea for hiding something on the wall, such as a photo, or even a window, that might distract from the look of your party.

How about creating your own pinwheel table runner? I especially love how this one, as seen on the Green Wedding Shoes, looks across the wooden table. Rustic, but with a fun, creative vibe to it!

I just love the idea of creating lots of smaller pinwheels, and then stringing them along some twine or yarn, to make an adorable garland. Check out this one that I found at Project Wedding.

And I think I saved my favorite use of accordion pinwheels for last! Doesn’t this hanging pinwheel display, as seen on The Sweetest Occasion, look yummy and gorgeous? This would look so pretty in a baby’s nursery or a little girl’s room.

If you are new to making them, here is a great tutorial on how to create accordion pinwheels.

For my layout, I created a border of accordion pinwheels, made from colorful pattern papers. By scoring and folding the paper strips every ½ inch, I created flowers that weren’t too bulky for my page, but still added a lot of dimension and interest.

"Love You" scrapbook layout by Laura Vegas for Creating Keepsakes magazine

Love You by Laura Vegas.

I hope you’ll try making some of our own accordion pinwheels, whether they are to be used on a layout, for party décor, or just adding a fun touch around your home!


Yes, accordion to Laura, this is one hot trend right now. (Sorry, I can never resist a good pun.) I hope Laura’s ideas have you inspired. If so or you simply want to thank Laura for stopping by today, please leave us a comment with your thoughts. Thanks!

Cheers!
Megan Hoeppner, creative editor, and Laura Vegas, CK Dream Team designer

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8 Responses to Trend Talk with Laura Vegas: Scrapbooking with Accordion Pinwheels

  1. SandraA says:

    Laura’s layout is gorgeous, as always! This topic’s timing is PERFECT, as I just got a scorer. Thanks for your inspiring article.

  2. Joyce Jackson says:

    I Just love this trend & so can`t wait to try it!

  3. Ruth G says:

    I loved all your examples, Laura! When they are clustered together there’s a feeling of movement like gears. Your LO was fun with the flowers at the center of your pinwheels! It’s good to know how deep to make the folds without making a page too tall;-)

  4. Ilze says:

    This is awesome and I am gping to try to make them now :)

  5. Pat Palys says:

    The pinwheels are adorable! I have some small fabric flowers that I will definitely use in the centers. Thanks for a great idea! So fresh and crisp, love it!

  6. Stacy Cohen says:

    Gorgeous page, Laura! I’m lovin’ pinwheels right now too.

    P.S. I must confess that Megan’s pun at the end made me chuckle out loud.

  7. Diane says:

    I dont get it – what does this have to do with scrapbooking? Most of it is decoration stuff.

  8. Kathy wolfe says:

    This was great! Thanks so much!

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