Monday, 6 April 2015

RAINBOW PINWHEEL: Endless Color Fun

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A gust of wind,
And off they go,
Round and round;
A sweet pinwheel
In a whirlpool of colors.

My daughter loved the colourful milk experiment a lot. I guess its time for some more color activity. What's better than a colourful pinwheel?

I got hold of a nice pinwheel template from here:scrapbooking.about.com
Its a very creative site with many free templates and scrapbooking ideas.

A simple paper pinwheel would have been crushed and non-usable in a day's time. Why not try acrylic sheets? I have used water-based glass paints for coloring up the pinwheel, but coloured sharpies or permanent markers would do too.

Its easy to make. If you have used glass paints you need to wait for them to dry a bit.

ALL YOU NEED:
Acrylic sheets
Glass colors/ Color sharpies
Pinwheel template
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Drawing pins/ Buttons and jewellery wire
Dowels/ Pencil/ Straw
Transparent contact sheet-optional

Print out your template on a A4 sheet of paper.
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Use the template to cut out the acrylic sheets.
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Color up the sheets. I used glass colors, You need to wait up for it to dry, making sure its left on a horizontal surface undisturbed. You don't want the colors to mix up, as we have not used a glass liner to demarcate the colors. Also pop up those tiny bubbles that form. Which I obviously missed out :/ Next time I'm going to use color sharpies, May be they will be lighter and less messier.
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Once the colors have dried. Apply a transparent contact sheet over the colored side. Just as a safety measure to seal the colors as they were water-based.Cut up along the lines again.
Hot glue the petals to the centre of the pinwheel.
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Attach pinwheel to a dowel or straw or a pencil. I experimented with quite a few, before settling on using a button and jewellery wire. The pinwheel must be able to rotate freely, so enlarge the hole in the centre a bit.
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Now all you need is a little bit of breeze. Or keep blowing :).
Love how the colors blend in seamlessly and with the light passing right through, it looked amazing, much better than these pictures have captured.

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    There you go. Take the pinwheel for a ride to the park :).It took a place of pride on my daughter's bicycle.

    Learning a bit about colors and the direction of wind. The little one liked how the colors blended in when the pin wheel is in motion.

    RAINBOW PINWHEEL: @colorsofourrainbow.blogspot.ae

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    A little bit of learning and loads of fun.
    Happy making :).
    FARZ

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    16 comments:

    1. So cute. Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you being a part of our party. Please stop by on Monday at 7 pm. Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls

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      1. Thank you, Kimberly. Catch you at the party.

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    2. This is amazing!!!! From where do you get the glass colors - love how it looks at the end of all the hardwork. That park looks like the one we visit and close to our house ;)

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      1. Hi. Any good stationary/ crafting supplies store should have glass colors. I have used water based ones which are easier to color with. We loved how the colors twirled, my daughter was testing the direction of the wind though:) I guess its the same pond park :)
        Thanks for dropping by.

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    3. Good idea about using the acrylic sheets! That way it will last longer, and it looks great too :)

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      1. Its still in working condition :) It stood the test of my little ones hands. Thank you for stopping by , Tarana.

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    4. superb!! Fabulous idea and usage of acrylic sheet!!

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    5. Thank you, Patricia. My daughter had lots of fun with this one :)

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    6. We have done lots of different pinwheels, but none of them were as beautiful as yours! We will definitely give your method a try!

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      1. Thank you for your sweet words, Kim,

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    7. That's such a cool photo of the colours of the pinwheel blending together when in motion.

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      1. Yes, i tried teaching my daughter a little bit of color mixing in illusion;)

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    8. This looks great! Kids always love these! Thanks for sharing on #ToddlerFunFriday

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      1. Thank you for stopping by! Hope the kids enjoy this!

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