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8 Crazy Nights

8 Crazy Nights

Please check out this story I styled on DIY Menorahs for Martha Stewart Living, December 2012.  The amazing Jodi Levine of Martha Stewart Crafts Department developed the Menorah ideas and did all of the crafting.  I styled the shoot (and ate one of those delish Creme Brulee donuts in the opener from Doughnut Plant!).  Linda Pugliese was the photographer. Happy Hanukkah!



It’s spring fever.  That is what the name of it is.  And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!

-Mark Twain

Pinwheels are to spring as ice cream is to summer

Here’s how to make your own:


What you will need:

  • Double sided paper.  If you are unable to find double sided paper that you like, don’t worry! You can make your own!  Take two pieces of paper and adhere them to one another using either rubber cement or spray tack.
  • Ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Glue.  Any type of Elmer’s glue or craft glue will work.
  • Hole punch
  • Eyelet Grommets
  • Eyelet setter
  • Pins
  • Plastic pony beads
  • Plastic straws


1. Cut a 3″ square (or a larger square for a larger pinwheel).  Using a craft knife, cut a diagonal slit from each corner that goes approximately 3/4 of the way to the center of the square, leaving 1/4 uncut.


2. Gently bend every other corner in to the center of the square, gluing each corner down as you go. Curling the corners inward with a pencil helps creates a rounded shape and tacking the center down with a pin means you don’t have to hold it while it dries!


3. Once the corners are tacked down and have dried, punch a hole through the middle and insert your eyelet grommet.


4. Holding a pony bead in the back of the pinwheel, directly behind the grommet, secure the pinwheel to the straw by inserting a pin through the grommet and the pony bead and then in to a plastic straw. The pin doesn’t have to hold everything in place too tightly– you want your pinwheel to spin!  You may need to trim the straw and the end of the pin if they are too long.

Take your pinwheel out in to the brisk March wind and let it spin, spin, spin!

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Pleased to meet you!

Welcome to Like a Spark!  My name is Elizabeth and I am a prop & craft stylist in New York City.  I’m a maker by nature.  I get excited about and inspired by so many things in this big, wild world.  I spend most of my days making something… making pictures, making things for making pictures, dreaming about making things for pictures or making things just because.  My hands, my head and my heart are always in motion!

My hope for Like a Spark is to create a place for compiling and sharing– compiling inspirations, thoughts, and ideas;  sharing things that make my heart skip a beat with excitement, projects I’m working on, and all sorts of other curiosities that I encounter on this big adventure of mine.   I would also like to share my creative process when I can, and provide how-tos for recreating things that I’m making.

I hope you enjoy my blog,  it’s very nice to meet you!