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« on: August 26, 2010 08:09:08 AM »

Hi Guys!
I work with a non-profit organization that's looking to get involved with Prevent Child Abuse America's campaign called "Pinwheels for Prevention"  The idea is that the pinwheel is a symbol of child abuse prevention and we want to give our constituents ideas for how to use these pinwheels in creative and visible ways.
Here's a picture of what the pinwheel looks like:

Now, a lot of people nationwide have used them in Pinwheel gardens- here are some really great examples from their website:
http://www.pinwheelsforprevention.org/gallery/1.html
-and also Pinwheel flower boxes, etc.

I'm trying to think of other creative uses and would love some help! Here's what I've come up with so far:
-Pinwheel Bouquets, either made up entirely of Pinwheels or by adding Pinwheels to an actual flower bouquet
-Pinwheel wreath (like the kind that goes on people's front doors)
-If you take of the 'stem' they could be used a Christmas ornaments

Any other ideas? Any and all help is appreciated!

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« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2010 08:38:33 AM »

You could try making them into hair clips cutting off the stick and gluing the flat back to a barrette, I think it would look cute with the little pinwheels.
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« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2010 10:49:19 AM »

I thought of that actually but they're pretty big.  Its kind of hard to tell from the pic i included but they're a couple inches across... that plus the shiny factor would definitely make it less wearable in my eyes (at least for everyday occasions Grin)- though it might be cute if I could find similarly colored origami paper and make mini ones for jewelery and hair accessories. 
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« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2010 11:48:29 AM »

Mini-origami ones would be really cute!

They're hanukkah colors; you could add a Star of David.  Maybe make a menorah with pinwheels in place of candles??

They also kind of look like snowflakes, if that sparks any ideas.

Airplane propellors? lol

I like the wreath idea Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2010 02:21:33 PM »

I think if you could make small ones a bib necklace would be cool. people are making them with flowers on them, pinwheels would be similar. if you would make a fabric pinwheel that would be less likely to pike someone in the neck. if i can find a pattern for pinwheels i'll try to come up with something.

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« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2010 04:05:26 PM »

I came up with this beginning of a bib necklace.  I think it would be better if i had sewn some white fabric on the inside of the felt. I thought of it but didnt do it, c'est la vie. 
The largest one is about 3in is diameter, the smallest 1.5in.

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« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2011 08:44:43 PM »

I would definitely go with the wreath. I think a pinwheel necklace of some kind would be good or maybe a set of earnings. Or perhaps make a pinwheel and on each of the pointed things (don't know what else to call them) you could write facts about child abuse.
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« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2011 09:13:28 PM »

I used similar pinwheels to line the pathways between 2 buildings in campus.  We were holding 1 event with parts in both buildings, so this literally connected them.

Up here, there are a couple of not-for-profits that are doing Pink Flamingo Lawn Bombing as fundraisers.  Basically, you make a donation and give the address that you want bombed.  The receivers wake up to their front lawn covered with a flock of pink plastic flamingos.  Pinwheels would be fun on a lawn.

Attach them to car antennae?

Stick them into large styrofoam cones and make a tree

or for that matter, you could stick them into shrubbery and create a pinwheel bush

cut the stick off then attach clips and they can be attached to bookbags, purses, etc.

attach a suction cup and folks could put one on each of their windows

if there's any fundraising involved, you could sell them as pest repellants for folks to use in their vegetable gardens and tie together pests and abusers

attach them to magnets and folks could put them on their cars.  or street signs  or mail boxes

with the holidays coming up, they'd look great decorating a tree or used instead of bows on gifts.

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« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2011 11:08:10 AM »

Once they're off the sticks, they could be used to make a sort of holiday/awesome outdoor party decoration if they were hung from trees outside on fishing line?  Sort of like they were floating; it would be a cool, easy scare-crow, too.

You could do the same thing inside as well, for holiday parties and things like that, only dangling from the ceiling instead.

I LOVE the idea of pinwheels hooked on to suction cups and stuck to windows.
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