In honor of our magical friend, the dragonfly, we created these simple, sweet little crafts.
Here's what you will need
~ beads for the eyes
~ maple keys
~ glue gun
~ glitter (if that appeals to you) I highly recommend Martha Stewart's gem stone glitter ~ it is the queen of glitter, with superb sparkle!
First we collect twigs that caught our eye and held that "dragonfly quality" ; ) We had maple keys stored from the fall so we pulled them out and began...
So simple ~ kids choose their sticks, maple keys, glitter and bead (eye) colors ~ I then glue gunned on the wings and beads...
The girls took the glue and either edged the wings, gooped it on or painted it on...then shook on that sparkle!
What started out as a quick craft soon became a world of creating entire families of dragonflies ~ complete with names and personalities. I love how children throw themselves completely into creation and imagination.
These rainbow dragonflies were ready to take flight in the garden...
This project was done in the earlier part of a VERY hot day. We then headed to the beach for a cool off... this fine glitter sparking unexpectedly off our skin the rest of our beach long day!
Thinking we may make a mobile out of these magical creatures or perhaps save them for my envisioned christmas tree this year ~ a tree sparkling with and abundant, natural, handmade decorations.
I must dedicate this post to my sister Emily who loves dragonflies and adopted her own one afternoon when we were young, naming it "sporfy". The adoration must run in the family. I love watching them at our favorite beach, as they elegantly swoop and glide, filling our space with magic. Luna recently had one land on her finger and in quiet excitement, she sat in awe for over twenty minutes watching this delicate creature perched on her.
Such delicate grace...
In the sparkle our our majestic friend
~ Shanti ~