Dragonfly Decoration

Around here, fall means maple seeds! aka ‘helicopters!’. As kids, we would gather the maple seeds up from the ground and throw them in the air to watch them spin around, helicopter-style, to the ground. Today, we decided to gather these seeds up for a different reason. To make a decorative dragon-fly. We had fun outside collecting and then painting these to look like dragon-flies. You can add a magnet to the back to make locker decorations, or display on gifts instead of a bow! Use your imagination.
This craft was inspired by filthwizardry.com

You will need:

  • 4 Maple seeds (2 large, 2 small)
  • 1 stick (bonus if it has a split at end to look like antenna)
  • glue gun
  • paints
  • paint brush
  • scissors (optional to trim/whittle stick)

  1. Collect 4 maple seeds and a stick and lay them out how you want to glue them on.
  2. Optionally trim and/or whittle stick as desired.
  3. Using a glue gun, attach two seeds facing up to the top of the stick (where the antenna are) and let dry.
  4. Attach bottom seeds face down, just under OR overlapping top wings, let dry.
  5. Don’t forget to unplug the glue gun when you are done.
  6. Paint wings and body of dragonfly.
  7. Let dry.

Write in the comments to tell us how yours turned out and leave your tips and tricks. Or post a pic to instagram and tag #ggcmagazine.


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