With the tulips beginning to bloom, I am thrilled to be sharing a new, vibrant paper craft! And if your trip to The Netherlands was canceled last year, I have some good news: now you can bring some of the Dutch charm into your home with this 3D windmill project.
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Last fall, I decided to rip out some scraggly bushes from my front yard, and plant tulips instead. I planted 50 tulip bulbs, and they are all coming up beautifully now! My 4-year-old son likes to inform me of their progress each day, and we are both looking forward to seeing some colorful petals within the next week or two.
Watching these tulips grow is what inspired me make this windmill design. Because, if you’re going to envision a field of tulips, then why not include a picturesque windmill in your imaginary landscape?
Follow along using the instructions below, or check out this tutorial video.
- Hot Glue
- A Lollipop Stick
- Bone Folder (optional)
- A Cutting Machine or X-ACTO knife
- My Free Template
How to Make It
1. Use your cutting machine or X-ACTO knife, along with my template, to cut out all of the 3D windmill pieces.
Note: If you are using the SVG files that includes the score lines, don’t forget to set them as such in Cricut Design Space and attach them to their shapes before sending them through your cutting machine. I used a lime green color to mark the score lines, so hopefully that helps! If you’re having trouble with the score lines, check out this video.
2. Before you get going on assembly, attach all the windows and decorative elements.
Note: I inked the edges of each wall to give them a little more depth. If you want to do the same, I’d do it before you add the windows and decorative elements to the design.
Glue the vellum window pieces to the inside, and the window frames to the outside. Attach the two door pieces as well.
Layer the white and blue outline decorative tulips together, and place them on the three blank walls of the bottom section. Place the thinner, decorative tulip designs on the top walls.
Assembling the Top
3. Start by putting the little “house” piece together. Fold along the score lines, and glue the tab to the inside. Then, fold and attach the “roof.”
Use the slits provided to attach the little house to the center of the upper tower. Then, attach the tower walls together using the tabs provided.
Fold and glue the balcony sides together. Then, insert the top tower tabs into the slits provided, and glue them down.
Assembling the Bottom
4. Make the base by folding along the score lines, and gluing the tabs to the inside.
Assemble the bottom portion of the tower the same way you did with the top section, and insert the tabs into the base.
Then, attach the top of the tower with the bottom using hot glue.
Attaching the Blades
5. To finish your windmill, cut a lollipop stick to about 3″ in length (shorter if you don’t want it to stick out on the backside). Then, insert the stick into the holes at the top of the tower and the center of the blades.
Cap it off by attaching the small circle to the front of the lollipop stick. Finish with a cute gem or button if you’d like.
Not only did this project come out every bit as cute as I was hoping, but all the pieces fit together on the first try! That almost never happens, so I was doubly proud when I finished assembling it.
I use Adobe Illustrator for all of my designs, and a Cricut Maker to bring my creations to life. For tips on creating fun paper cuts like this one, see the FAQ section on my website. Also, be sure to check out the other 3D freebies available on my blog!
Enjoy making your very own, 3D windmill! I hope you have as much fun putting it together as I did. Be sure to share your beautiful results with me on Instagram!
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