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During the 2011 season, we saw a few displays on
the internet do a "candy cane pinwheel". We really liked the
concept, so we decided to add one to our 2012 display. We came up with a design that would work well with our
needs: basically, the pinwheel needed to collapse down for storage, be easy to set up,
and withstand wind and weather.
The next step was to cut PVC pipe to short lengths which could then be pounded into the holes (which were sized appropriately to accept the PVC snugly). As you can see in the second picture below, the back of the PVC is slotted partway down. More on that in a bit.
To set up the item, all you need do is slide the
pre-lit candy canes over the PVC pegs. The wires for the canes go out the
slots/holes. We build a custom wiring harness which carries the power for
all 12 canes (individually) down to the controller lower on the green
a test-drive, we brought this display to the Chicago C3 lighting conference held
over Labor Day Weekend. We were able to set up the display in about 15
minutes, proving that we had a workable design. We did decide to beef up to a
larger fence post to hold it up in our display, but other than that, it worked
wonderfully and was well received among fellow decorators. The picture
below shows the pinwheel set up in Chicago:
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