DIY Pinwheel Necklace

DIY Pinwheel Necklace

Here’s another installment in the summer crafts feature from Merrilee of Mer Mag. This super fun DIY pinwheel necklace is perfect for a beach trip!

This is a great craft to bring the little ones in on as well. I’d say 6yr olds and up could do these simple shapes and patterns. The littler ones can have fun with this as well, just let them go at it and then see what fun colors and shapes emerge!

DIY Pinwheel Necklace

What You Need

  • 1 slab wooden wheel (available from most hobby stores)
  • A lanyard made from yarn, string, ribbon, etc., sized to fit your child’s neck
  • Acrylic craft paints
  • Paint Brush
DIY Pinwheel Necklace

Painting The Wheel
To get started, select an assortment of fun paint colors for your necklace. I chose to go with neon pink, sage green and natural tan.

To begin painting your necklace in a “pinwheel” type fashion, start with a simple triangle shape. Continue painting all the way around the wheel. I might suggest mixing up the widths of the various colors and leaving a bit of the wood showing through for interest. You can then flip the wheel around and do an entirely new design on the back. We went with more triangles but this time kept them around the outer rim with the points facing the center. But you can do whatever inspires you. Have fun with it!

DIY Pinwheel Necklace

Putting It All Together
Once the wheel is painted and dry you can attached your lanyard (or yarn, string, ribbon, you name it). We went with a neon pink lanyard for our necklace and attach with simple slip knot. Tie off the top of the necklace with a knot as well.

DIY Pinwheel Necklace

Now your necklace is complete and ready to wear! And what’s more fun is that you have two necklaces in one. Just pick which side you are in the mood for and then turn it around the next day wear the other side.

DIY Pinwheel Necklace

Happy crafting!


  • June 27, 2012

    Live Cre8ive

    Great idea! Love them for me as much as the little ones!

  • June 27, 2012


    Hi, love this craft! What kind of string are you using here?

  • June 28, 2012


    very cute necklace!

  • July 25, 2012

    handmade charlotte

    Glad you enjoyed the craft! Merrilee used hot pink lanyard for the string. Let us know how it turns out!

  • July 27, 2014

    Jeanine H

    Wow this is an oldie! I just got it today! Looks like we’re making this sweet one: 2 years 2 late:D I am always the last to know! Thanks for sharing this. We are huge MerMag Fans!!!

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