Dutch Windmill Craft

Posted by on July 28, 2015 in Art Project, Crafts | 28 comments

Dutch Windmill Craft grandparentsplus.com

Wouldn’t this Dutch Windmill Craft would be fun to make when studying about other countries around the world?  We’ve been to Holland several times and love the windmills. By getting off the beaten path and touring the small towns and fishing villages, you’ll find unique places and some old windmills, too. On our visit, we looked up relatives that we had there. They lived in a small town and had an old windmill located right behind their house. It was used for grinding grain years ago, but was still in great shape.

Well, this Windmill Craft is one that I am using for our family reunion in Washington state. (by the way, we are from a Dutch heritage, if you didn’t already get that) I was asked to come up with a craft for the elementary kids, so here it is!

I got the idea for using a Solo drink cup from the Dltk-Kids site, but the origami fins of the windmill were a little confusing, so I opted for a simpler version and added a few extra details. I felt kids would be able to do this on their own without too much help. After all, I may have several kids. 


Red or Blue Solo cups  18 oz.

Construction paper: green, black

White copy paper

Glue sticks, scissors

Small flower stickers (if you can find tulips, great, otherwise opt for any small flower) I found these at Walmart!

Straight pin with a round head or brads



Cut 4 1/4 inch square from white copy paper and fold as shown.

Dutch Windmill Craft grandparentsplus.com


Mark a stopping point on each folded crease approx. 1/2 -3/4 inches from the center point. Use a pencil so the mark doesn’t show later.

Dutch Windmill Craft grandparentsplus.com


Cut all four fold lines as shown……

Dutch Windmill Craft grandparentsplus.com



Fold one point to the center and glue. Go over the center just a bit so all points will be on top of each other.

Dutch Windmill Craft grandparentsplus.com


Be sure to glue the same side point of each triangle to the center. Use a pin with a ball head and push it through all the points. (or use a brad) Set pinwheel aside and work on the cup.

Dutch Windmill Craft grandparentsplus.com



Take the Solo cup and mark a door with either a permanent marker or cut a door from black construction paper.  After drawing a doorway, I covered it with black construction paper. I thought it was easier and looked better. Add windows if you like. Use a small square or rectangles of black construction paper, too! I, also, found that the glue stick works better than school glue. 


Dutch Windmill Craft grandparentsplus.com

Cut a 3/4 inch strip from the length of a piece of green construction paper. Fringe it to look like grass. Glue it to the bottom edge of the cup. Add flower stickers and leaves, if desired. When you finish the decorating, stick the pin through the cup as shown. An adult should do this part…. Reach in the cup and bend the pin down 90 degrees. Use tape to hold it inside. This will allow the windmill to spin. For younger kids, use a brad.

Dutch Windmill Craft grandparentsplus.com


Side view so you can see the flowers….


Dutch Windmill Craft grandparentsplus.com


Dutch Windmill Craft grandparentsplus.com



That’s it! 

These little windmills would make cute centerpieces, too!

Have you been to the Netherlands? Did you see the windmills? Hope you got to see the beautiful countryside other than visiting just Amsterdam! 



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  1. So fun! This looks so amazing. Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for bringing such amazing creations to our party. We hope to see you tonight at 7 pm because we LOVE to party with you! Lou Lou Girls

    • Thank you for pinning and tweeting!

  2. This is adorable!!

  3. ohhh too cute! what a sweet little dutch windmill! and easy to make so can be done by all skill levels. Best of all a bit recycled! Hope you will link it to our creative challenge link up at 2crochethooks.

    • Thanks and I’ll be over.

  4. Aww! This turned out really cute!

    Thanks for joining the Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  5. MY kids would love to participate in this craft. Thanks for sharing!

    • I know they’ll have fun and like the outcome!

  6. That’s adorable. I’m definitely tucking it away for later. It’s a great project for my daughter.

    • Thanks so much! Have fun!

  7. This windmill craft is really sweet. I think my kids would really enjoy making this. Thanks so much for sharing at Dream. Create. Inspire. Link. Take care, Tara

    • I think your kids would like it! It’s pretty easy to do!

  8. Fabulous little project, thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

  9. What a top idea to make a Dutch Windmill and learn about them too. Thanks for bringing this to Fridays Blog Booster Party #17

    • Kids would have fun doing it!

  10. I love to use vintage finds. I hung a old tool box on the wall as a cabinet and a window pane a decoration. Your bathroom looks great!

    • Sounds like you’ve used some great vintage finds. Love it!

  11. Cute! My two year old would love this!

  12. Cute! Thanks for linking up at the Weekend Blog Hop at My Flagstaff Home!


  13. What a fun project.

    • Thanks! The kids loved it!

  14. My husband made me a window pane mirror over 20 years ago and I still have it up. I love the post office box for the towels. Great finds, my antique loving, vintage finder daughter would love these. Thanks for posting on Tuesday Talk.

    • Fun to use old things in new ways!

  15. I am Dutch too and live here still (apart from a few years in Canada) As a child I used to make these from stiff paper. colour them in, pin them on a stick and run around with it. My boys liked it too. I have not tried it on my grandchildren yet. I love your mails, keep up the lovely work, thank you.

    • Thanks for those nice words! We just had a reunion of 165 relatives which all descended from 12 children who came from Holland with their mother and father. The kids loved the craft! I would have put their picture on, but didn’t want to do it without their permission. Appreciate you stopping by!

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