These dragonflies work as ornaments for a Christmas or other seasonal tree, happy unexpected decor (I clipped mine to the curtain in my sewing room), fridge magnets, or as a whimsical air freshener for your car, if you add essential oil and clip it to your air vent. I'm sure you can think of even more clever uses for these cuties.
We made these on the spur of the moment with items we had on hand. The idea came about quickly when we wanted something pretty to dress up small wrapped gifts for our holiday giving. I wrapped beautiful small blank books and tiny boxes of chocolates in white paper, tied with gold ribbon, and clipped one of these on top of each package. All the recipients seemed to really like these cute dragonflies as much as the actual gifts, and they really did make pretty packages.
Dragonfly Clothespin Clips
You will need:
- Enamel paint- I used Folk Art 4019 Enamel 2-Ounce Acrylic Paint, Fresh Foliage
- Dyed craft sticks- like these: Darice 9150-82 Wood Craft Colored Stick, 4-1/2-Inch, 120-Pack (or you could dye or paint plain craft sticks yourself).
- Spray adhesive- I used Elmer's Craftbond 4-Ounce Adhesives Spray Glue
- Carpenter's Glue- Elmer's E7010 Carpenter's Wood Glue, Interior, 8 Ounces
- Magnets (optional)
- Sequins or google eyes
- Paint your clothespins. Be sure to paint the inside front and backs, too. Let dry.
- Lay pairs of turquoise, green, and purple colored craft sticks on newspaper or outside. Spray with adhesive, then gently sprinkle glitter to cover. Let dry
- Using a paintbrush, apply wood glue to the center of one of each pair of craft sticks. Press the other on top of this at perpendicular angles, so that the two wings make an "X" shape. Let dry.
- Use another dab of wood glue atop the clothespin, just behind the spring, and gently affix the pair of wings to the top of the clip.
- Attach sequins or googly eyes to the top front of the clothespin with paintbrush and glue. Let dry.
- (optional) Glue a small magnet to the underside of the clip.
We have found so many uses for the colored craft sticks that ours are almost all gone! We used lots of the green ones in various holiday projects, and so I didn't have any green left for illustrating this project here. I used a pair of yellow, but I don't love the way the yellow looks. I think the turquoise, purple, and green craft sticks work most nicely for this project. I gave away all of these that I made with green wings, so I don't have any pictured with green- they were my favorites though!
Be sure to make lots of these because they are perfect on packages and you'll also want some for yourself. We made a dozen for Christmas and these weren't enough! My mother-in-law admired the ones we made for my sisters-in-law, and I was sorry that I hadn't made any to adorn her larger package. So that is why we made these just now, as a gift for her birthday this weekend. I hope that she will be glad that we did!
Let me know if you make them, and what new uses you find for these happy little friends. I hope to post more projects here soon.