Celebrate World Peace Day Make a Pinwheel on September 21st
Pinwheels for Peace*
Is an INSTALLATION ART PROJECT for ALL ages
The idea was started in 2005 by Ann Ayers & Ellen McMillan, two Art teachers from Coconut Creek, Florida as a way for children to express feelings about world events and their lives.
Millions of Pinwheels for Peace have been displayed worldwide
Join the “whirled” peace movement!
What is a Pinwheel?
A Kinetic Sculpture that moves in the breeze to provide entertainment for all!
How to make a “Pin-less” Pinwheel
These are safe alternative directions that do not require the use of a pin or nail.
Easily created by young children
Uses readily found materials
Download the template on
an 8 inch square piece of paper
A stick, pencil, chopstick or straw
A chenille stem or wire
3 “Pony” beads
or other coloring tools
Step 1- Gather all your materials
Step 2- Cut the square from the template. If you are making your own pinwheel, without a template, you need to make an X on the square paper corner to corner. Place your ruler on the opposite corners, with a pencil draw a diagonal line. Repeat the step on the other side.
Step 3- Decorate your Pinwheel – Include one or more “Elements of Design” or, write messages of Peace.
Putting the pinwheel together
Step 4 –Use a whole punch to punch a hole in every other corner and the center. bend paper in center to do this.
Step 5 - Cut the X – Leaving one inch from the center on each side
Preparing the stick
Step 6 – At the top of your stick, wind chenille stem or wire around and twist three times.
Step 7 – place 2 pony beads on the chenille stem
Steps – Assembling the Pinwheel
Step 8 – Place the middle of the pinwheel on the chenille stem, then place the corners you punched on the chenille stem.
Step 9 – Add the last pony bead
Step 10- open both ends of the chenille stem, like wings. Trim if needed
Blow into your pinwheel & see it spin
Plant it in a sunny, breezy spot and watch it spin!
On the Website you will find:
Directions for making pinwheels
A quicktime video
Register your site/school
Purchase the PFP song
Map of participants throughout the world
Photographs by Ursula Accumanno
“ pin-less” pinwheel directions by Ursula Accumanno