Make a garden art dragonfly using an old ceiling fan and various other household supplies.
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The Dragonfly Rule
There’s only one rule for making garden art dragonflies: no two can be the same—even if you want them to be! With a few easy-to-find household items and a screwdriver, you can make your own dragonfly. The supplies for this one cost around $7.
Anatomy Of A Dragonfly
- Body: Wooden table leg.
- Wings: Ceiling fan blades.
- Antennae: Any thick wire that will bend and stay in position. I found mine in the electrical section of the thrift store.
- Eyes: I used sunglasses with flat-bottom marbles glued on. Drawer knobs or metal egg cups would also look good.
- Details: I added two pastry cutters (to echo the wings) and a kitchen fork (like a tongue).
- Embellishments: Flat-bottom marbles, costume jewelry, glitter, kitchen utensils—anything goes.
- Paint: Any spray paint or wood paint and polyurethane.
Painting and Assembly
- Paint all pieces before assembly.
- TIP: I used one of these kitchen tools as a stencil to create polka dots on the dragonfly body. Just aim the spray paint through it.
- I used 1/4″ wood screws to attach the wings (using the original ceiling fan mounting brackets) and GE II Silicone Sealant to adhere details such as the fork tongue and flat-bottom marbles.
- Hang on a fence or house wall using picture hanging hardware.
- Suspend from a tree branch with chain or wire.