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Cell phones. They are really something we cannot live without nowadays. Finding a quality cell phone with a good, yet affordable service is a priority for most. This is one of the reasons I am very excited for the opportunity to try out the Samsung Galaxy Avant with Walmart Family Mobile.
As a blogger, I use data for all sorts of things. As a mom, I often find myself using it for more–looking online for quick allergy solutions, keeping in touch with family and friends, sharing our spring adventures on social media, and of course looking up spring crafts (like my pinwheel below.)
Walmart Family Mobile unlimited text, talk, and data/web is only $29.88 per month for the first line and includes 500MB of 4G LTE data. Now that is seriously affordable. (Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to THIS LINK or your local Walmart for current pricing.)
I really wanted to make a pinwheel for the boys. Not only is it a super fun spring craft, but it also is a symbol for Child Abuse Awareness Month which is this month! Our base has pinwheels all over right now so we decided to put some out too. They also make a great project for deployments (more on this in a later post!)
What is really cool is that I was able to use my Samsung Galaxy Avant and Walmart Family Mobile data to complete my pinwheel craft! To make sure my idea of how to put a pinwheel together was correct, I looked up generic instructions showing where to fold and if a dowel and pin work well. I also used it for fetching the mobile coupon for the craft store and for sharing my project on social media! With 4G LTE, I was able to upload very quickly.
Scalloped Pinwheel Craft
What You Need
- Sturdy paper (I used cardstock)
- Pin (I used a sewing pin because that’s all I could find…a shorter pin like a map pin would work great.)
- Small bead (smaller than a pony bead, I used medium-sized glass necklace beads I found on sale for cheap.)
- Wooden dowel (you can get a big one and cut it in half or into three pieces, that’s what I did. You can also use smaller pieces of paper and make tiny pinwheels on paper straws.)
- Decorative edge scissors (optional)
1. Cut your piece of paper into a 7 x 7 square. I left my scrapbook paper full size for the pictures, and you can make a giant pinwheel, but smaller sizes work better with paper. If you are using a paper straw, make your square a little smaller.
2. Lightly draw a line through the center of the paper using the pencil, then draw an intersecting line on the paper going the opposite direction (like a plus sign.) If you are using a paper with color on only one side, face the color side down.
3. Using the pencil again, lightly draw diagonal lines from corner to corner to make an “X.” Mark dots around the center, 3/4 inch out from the center.
4. Cut on the diagonal lines all the way to the dots you marked and no further.
5. Pull the loose corners into the center, slightly overlapping them so the pin will go through all of them.
6. Insert the pin into the center on the top to attach all the corners.
7. On the backside, thread a bead onto the back of the pin.
8. Dip one end of the dowel into a bowl of water or run under the sink for a bit so it is softer to stick the pin into it. I found that pinning a little way down from the top works best. If the pin is too close, it won’t be as sturdy, and if it is too far away, you will be able to see the wood sticking out the top. Gently tap with a hammer if the pin is not going in easily.
9. If your pin has some hanging out the back, bend the excess downward. You can use your hand, but it might be best to use pliers. If you had to use a long pin like I did and there is a lot hanging out, get it as flat as you can and you can tape around that part of the dowel to hold down the pin. A couple layers of washi tape or some electrical tape should work well. I prefer washi tape because you can find fun colors and designs that coordinate with your pinwheel.
10. I wanted to add a special touch to my pinwheel, so I decided to scallop the edges. After the pinwheel was all together, I trimmed off a small amount of the edges so they were scalloped and not pointy. I did it freehand, but you can use the decorative edge scissors too. Only trim a small portion so you do not cut into the bent part of the paper.
11. Test the pinwheel! Blow on it gently to make it spin. If it spins easily and does not get caught, you are good to go.
12. Don’t forget to share your awesome crafts on social media using your unlimited data from Walmart Family Mobile! Even better, head over and share them from your phone to the Arts & Crackers Facebook page! You can even use your data to look up this post online while you are out to the store so you know exactly what to purchase!
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