Last weekend, we participated in our local Relay for Life, which is a 24 hour walk that raises money for cancer research. Cancer has touched many people in my family and the Fireman’s family, so we were more than happy to walk. The Fireman was our chair, which meant that decorating fell to myself and his sister in law (like I hated it). We brainstormed for the circus theme via Pinterest, and then the Fireman and I stayed up until 1 am the night before finishing them up. Nothing like procrastination.
The biggest thing that I made were these giant pinwheels.
I started with 48″ dowels and 22 x 22″ poster boards, along with some small picture nails, beads, and hot glue. The first 3 up there were painted with normal acrylic paint, and the last one was spray paint.
I used a bunch of the residual paint that I had left over, and gently sprayed it over the board, trying not to saturate it.
Once it was dried, I used a template from the first one I made to trace lines in from the corners to the center, stopping about 6 inches from the middle. Once they were cut, I pulled every other corner into the center to double check that the cuts didn’t need to be made any bigger.
Using a hammer, I gently tapped a nail into every dowel, a few inches from the top. I found the best thing to do was to wiggle the nails around to ensure that you’ll be able to push them in with your fingers.
Using a coordinating piece of poster board, cut out a small square and pierce it (it was easiest to do first with a pushpin). Then take every other corner and push the pin through it.
Once all the corners are pulled together, push them down through the exact middle of the back of the pinwheel. Make sense?
Once all the holes are punched, take a bead and thread it on the nail, then thread the nail back through the holes. Then put another bead on the other side between the wheel and the dowel (they’re there to make sure the wheel turns). The nail will stick out through the back of the dowel a little bit, and the best way to protect yourself from getting stuck is to cover it with hot glue.
I was so excited about these pinwheels!! They looked AMAZING at the Relay! And speaking of, here are some pictures from the afternoon we set up.
We were able to get ahold of a parachute (from the school gym) to drape over one of the tents, which was amazing when it started raining. There was a face painting station, 4 raffles, a small cornhole type game, and a “stick your face in a funny poster” station.
The tent was draped in the green, yellow, and blue banners (which was also DIYed), and there were tons of little pinwheels all over the table in little jars. My favorite part, though, was the inside of the tent.
We twisted crepe paper and wrapped them around the tent edges, then hung some paper lanterns from the center. The kids LOVED it, and it was such an unexpected surprise to everyone who stopped by.
The Fireman’s mom found this in her attic (let’s just say the box was straight outta the 80’s), and the super little kiddos had a blast with it.
Clearly this was the biggest hit though :). The Fireman’s brother built the entire setup, and everyone loved having their picture taken. At night, we all lit luminaries (in the rain), and lined the track with them.
It was beautiful.
So there ya go! Have you ever made any pinwheels? They were super easy! The Fireman’s sister in law has plans to pin the big ones on the wall in her playroom. I can’t wait to see them!