The never ending winter has finally wrapped up, and I’m ready to head outside and do some gardening! I love to put fun, unusual critters in my yard, like frogs doing headstands and turtles with bobbling heads. I wanted to make something to add to this year’s decor, so I decided to try my hand at metal “art” (ha!)
I used an inexpensive whisk to create this pretty, sparkly dragonfly! I found the whisk for just $1 at my local grocery store, but this would also be a way to recycle any old balloon whisks you have lying around. No wire working experience needed for this project! You’ll just need wire cutters and a tiny bit of muscle.
- Metal balloon whisk, $1
- Wire cutters, on hand
- Faceted beads, on hand
- Craft or jewelry wire, on hand
Step one: Bend two loops out to each side to make the wings of the dragonfly.
Step two: Use wire cutters to cut the loop that is left in the center. Cut it so one piece is about 3-4 inches long. Straighten the longer piece of wire and point it down to use as a stake.
Step three: Use pliers to bend the short piece of wire into a loop to attach the head to. Thread craft wire through two large beads, and twist it onto the loop of large wire to hold the “eyes” in place.
I was tempted to spray paint my dragonfly, but in the end, I left it silver. That’s always an option, though, if you want something more colorful.
Use the stake to place your dragonfly in a potted plant, along a walkway, or anywhere else you like! You could make the stake shorter to put the dragonfly on a styrofoam wreath form. As for me, I can’t wait to make more of these and fill my garden with lots of buzzing dragonflies!