24 Beautiful Dragonfly Craft Ideas
Actually, when I started doing this article, it was to be just a simple craft article showing how to make dragonflies using popsicle sticks. I thought this would be a fun project for kids to do this summer, or maybe a teacher could use it for a classroom project.
Then I started searching for other dragonfly crafts and I found some that I had to share with you. Included in this article are pictures of some great dragonfly crafts and the site name and address where you'll find the directions for those crafts. You'll find the tutorial for making the craft stick dragonflies shown to the right, at Crafts-For-All-Seasons.
1. Egg Carton Dragonfly
Little kids, pre-schoolers and kindergarten, will find this an easy and fun project to do. See what a great craft this is by going to crafty morning for the instructions.
2. Tissue Paper Dragonfly Suncatcher
I'm really impressed with this dragonfly craft because the uses for it are numberless. Imagine making these as plant pokes by just adding a length of wire, or hang them from the ceiling with fishing string. You'll find the tutorial for making tissue paper dragonflies at Creative Cynchronicity.
3. Interesting Dragonfly Facts
Dragonflies do not bite humans. The dragonfly has a large bulky body and transparent wings. The dragonfly's eyes are ball-like and see at a 360 degree span. They are very strong flyers and can fly in any direction; up, down, sideways and even backwards. They can fly up to 36 miles per hour. They eat mosquitoes and small insects. A really interesting place to read all about the dragonfly is at: Dragonfly Site.
4. TP Roll Dragonfly
This is a really cute tp roll project. Inexpensive and easy to do. Go to TLC for the directions.
5. Dragonfly Chip Clips
So useful and these chip clips would make a nice gift to add to a shower or wedding gift. The instructions for making these chip clips can be found at Disney family.
6. Dragonfly Window Decal
Go to AllFreeCrafts.com for a free printable pattern and stained glass paint recipe to make this dragonfly window decal.
7. Beautiful Beaded Dragonfly
This project is so much easier than it appears. For the instructions to make this beaded dragonfly, go to the Craftbits.com site.
8. Old License Plate Dragonflies
Use your old license plates to make a dragonfly for your flowerbed or garden. You can make a great looking dragonfly like the one shown above by going to Repurposed-Life for the tutorial.
9. 3-D Dragonfly
This is a very easy project that even the littlest crafter will be able to do. I think I'd want to cut out the 3-D dragonfly when it was completed and then glue the dragonfly to a calendar scenery picture. Find the instructions for this project at CRAFT 'N' HOME.
10. Polymer Clay Dragonfly Necklace
11. Clay Pot Dragonflies
This would make a nice outdoor decoration for a garden or patio area. Go to AllFreeCrafts.com for the instructions.
12. Clothespin Dragonflies
These are so bright and beautiful that the kids will want to make a bunch of them. Find the directions at Busy Bee Kids Crafts.com.
13. Dragonfly x Three
You'll find three really nice styles of dragonflies that the kids can make. Find the instructions at Kids Love Craft. So easy and so cute!
14. Chinese Knot Dragonfly
Once you know how to make a Chinese knot you'll be able to make this dragonfly. You'll find the easy to understand directions for making this dragonfly at Chineseknot.howinchina.com.
15. Windowscreen Dragonfly
This project is a little more time consuming, but the end results will be well worth it. Go to CRAFTS FOR ALL SEASONS for the directions.
16. Twig Dragonflies
I think this is my favorite dragonfly because it's made using twigs and maple keys. A nature project brought to you by Twigs and Toadstools. You have to scan down the page a little to find this project.
17. Polymer Clay Dragonfly
I can imagine this as a pin or a necklace. To make a dragonfly like this, go to CRAFTS FOR ALL SEASONS.
18. Dazzling Dragonflies
Tissue paper and laminating and glittering are all parts of this project. I love this kid friendly project that has instructions given at Tippytoe Crafts.
19. Bouncy Dragonfly
Imagine all the fun the kids will have making and playing with bouncy dragonflies. Other bugs can also be made by following the tutorial at BLOESEM kids.
20. Bottle Cork Dragonfly
Bottle corks, cotton chenille strips and tissue paper is all it takes to make this beautiful dragonfly. Add glitter to the wing edges if you wish. Find the instructions at Zing Zing Tree.
21. Dragonfly Coasters
Of course you can pick a different theme for your coasters, but I love this idea using dictionary pages. Go to Southern Scraps for the super simple instructions.
22. DIY Dragonfly Bracelet
23. Magnetic Dragonfly
24. Craft Stick Dragonflies (Tutorial)
Popsicle sticks, two per dragonfly
Tinsel chenille strip, one per dragonfly
Craft paint, any light color of your choice
Glue dots or use hot glue
Wire, 10-12 inches in length; or fishing line and a coat hanger; or a magnet; or a suction cup
Beads for eyes, two per dragonfly
Hot glue to glue on eye
How to Use Your Dragonflies:
Use wire and use as plant pokes
To make a mobile, use fishing line to hang the dragonflies from a coat hanger
Glue a magnet to the underside of a dragonfly to make a refrigerator magnet
Tie a small loop to the dragonfly, hang from the hook of a suction cup and hang your dragonfly in a window
Center a glue dot on one popsicle stick, then place the second stick over the glue dot making the wide X shape of the dragonfly wings.
Paint the popsicle sticks in your choice of color. Keep the color light because dragonfly wings are transparent. Lay the dragonfly wings about one third of the way down on a chenille strip, then bring the ends of the strip together, cross over the back and return the ends to their beginning position.
Using the handle of your paintbrush or a pencil, wrap the chenille strip for the head and body.
Using white glue, make designs on the dragonfly wings and then sprinkle with glitter. Glue two beads close together on the head. If making plant pokes, slide the wire along the underside of the dragonfly and touch with a spot of hot glue.
Bend the wire, at the end with the dragonfly, to make the dragonfly fly in different directions.
© 2012 Loraine Brummer