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Hymnal Windmills

I've been wanting to add some art to our "guitar wall" for awhile. I also knew I wanted to use some pages from our hymnals. I like the look of sheet music and have been pleased with how it's turned out in other crafts (here & here). I originally thought about trying to recreate these flowers.  Which I still may do someday, but since time if very precious right now I decided to go with windmills instead. They add some fun texture but are easy and quick; all 5 took about an hour to put together. 

Supplies: old hymnal, scissors, glue stick, super glue, and coins/buttons

Step 1: each windmill requires five hymnal sheets, rip them out and then trim to desired size. For the larger windmills I trimmed about 1/2" off the edges. For the smaller windmills I trimmed about 2" off the edges. 

Step 2: accordion fold all of your sheets. My folds were about 1/2" wide. If you end up with extra at the end just trim it off. 

Step 3: next line up your sheets and use the glue stick to secure end of sheets together. 

Step 4: once all your sheets are glued together pull both ends together and to form a circle. Use glue stick to secure sheets together. 

Step 5: press sheets down if needed. Then add super glue to coin/button and place on center of the windmill. Hold it there until it is secure. 

Now you are ready to display your windmills. We used 3M tape to hang ours; it's best to place tape widthwise so it covers multiply folds.

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