This model is better known as Pinwheel in the USA. It’s another one of those designs that a lot of people will be familiar with from their childhood, but might not immediately recognise as origami, simply because they’ve never thought about it that way. It’s very simple to make and takes less than five minutes. if you attach it to a stick or a length of dowling rod it will spin round in the wind quite successfully. If you do intend to do this, use some quite thick paper so that it doesn’t get destroyed in the first puff of wind. The more colourful the paper you can find, the better! I’ve made this one out of gold foil paper.
Why not try making several and arranging them at different heights in a plant pot? Just remember to bring them inside when it rains. I will be writing about how to preserve origami models in a later post.
Paper: Something reasonably thick and brightly coloured!
Time to fold: About 5 minutes.
To make it spin, push a map pin through the centre and attach it to a stick or a length of wooden dowling rod. The Windmill will spin if you tap it with your finger, blow on it, or take it outside if there is a light breeze.