Colorful Paper Twirlers

Making and Decorating Colorful Paper Twirlers

How to Make Paper Twirlers with Kids

You’ve probably made spiral paper twirlers before, either as a kid or with your own kids.

I have done both, but it’s such an easy and satisfying activity with mesmerizing results that it’s worth doing again. Or at least I thought so.

We combined the simple paper cut activity with the super-saturated color of a crayon and watercolor resist. Oh, and we did this on a big scale, but you can do this small scale if you like. Or maybe even all different sizes.

Here’s how…

Colorful Paper Twirlers

Crayons and Watercolor Paint for a Watercolor Resist

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*I cut a couple of circles each out of large pieces of white poster board, but you could do this on a smaller scale if you like with paper plates, watercolor paper, or card stock.


First, cut your circles out of your poster board. You can trace a large mixing bowl for a perfect circle or just wing it. Winging it is my middle name, so that’s what I did.

Paper Twirlers - Drawing the Spiral

Next, draw your spiral, starting from one point on the perimeter of the circle (but don’t cut it yet).

Make the spiral relatively thick. We had two with an endless thin spiral and they didn’t hold their magic twirly powers quite as well and dragged all the way to the floor besides (although that was easily remedied by trimming off the bottom).

Making and Decorating Paper Twirlers

Now decorate your spiral with crayon drawings. Any designs. Lots of color. You could stick to seasonal colors if you like or decorate the spiral like a snake, but we just went for lots of color and design.

Paper Twirlers - Watercolor resist over crayon drawing

Paint over the crayon drawings with watercolor paint. Let dry.

Turn the circle over and paint the reverse, too, as you’ll see both sides as it spirals through the air. Let dry.

Colorful Paper Twirlers - Cut along the spiral line

Cut along the spiral line.

Paper Twirlers - Hanging with Yarn

Punch a hole in the center and tie a string there for hanging.

Color Paper Twirlers ready to hang

Daphne and I each made two, so we had four to hang!

Paper Twirlers Hanging in the Window

Hang in a window or near a fan or on the porch.

Our colorful new paper twirlers in action!

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Admire and watch the paper spirals twirl in the wind or by your puffs of breath. It’s mesmerizing to watch!

Paper Twirlers Hanging in a Group

How about you? Have you made these paper spirals before?

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    November 3, 2016 at 2:32 am

    Thanks for sharing such nice art work. My son is also very much interested for drawing and painting. So last week I took his admission into Euro Art Studio which locates & serves for teens between 4-17 throughout the New Jersey, USA. It offers Art classes for children and teens in a wide range of mediums and by a certified Art teacher as well as working artist. According to me this helps him to improve his creativity skill.

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