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Summer "Bucket" List: Make Twig and Maple Seed Dragonflies


This made-from-natural-materials dragonflies are simple to make...
with a little adult help. First have your kids collect small thin twigs for the bodies and Maple seeds for the wings. An adult then needs to use a glue gun to attach the Maple seeds to the twigs.
Kids can decorate them however they wish. We used glitter glue...by painting it on the wings for that translucent sparkle of dragonflies.
You could use glue and sprinkle on glitter instead.

Next, glue gun on some small beads for the eyes. We only had white beads, but a darker color like brown might look more realistic.

You can use a glue gun to attach a little clip or a piece of thick metal to clip them to a curtain or to in a planter. Or, you could tie a clear cord to it to hang it from the ceiling.

source: This idea came from Twig and Toadstool.

originally posted Sep 5, 2010

8 comments:

  1. That's just awesome! They really do look like dragon flies :)

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  2. I love this! What a great project. Shame we don't have the maple trees to get the seeds down here.

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  3. Those dragonflies are brilliant!!! Fantastic project as usual!!! Thanks for linking!!!

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  4. very nice! Now where can i get some maple seeds, hmmm. Thanks so much for sharing on Craft schooling Sunday!

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  5. This looks like such a fun craft, and my kids and I will surely try and do it soon. Thank you so much for sharing it! And the pictures are so nice. The dragonflies turned out so pretty.

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  6. These are beautiful!!! I am loving your blog...so many wonderful ideas....I can't stop looking at all your ideas! Keep up the amazing work!!!!!

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  7. Beautiful! I featured these this week on my blog! http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2012/06/summer-links-week-five.html

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  8. This is so cute!!

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