Kids' Summertime Craft: Beaded Dragonfly Pins
One of our favorite early summer activities is heading over to the lake to see the huge dragonflies--we just love their iridescent wings. Ever since my husband and I saw a swarm of these beautiful insects at the top of a mountain in Hong Kong, I have been a fan. Now, I enjoy sharing their magic with my kids.
The kids are especially excited about the way dragonflies fly forwards and backwards and dart up and down. Are You a Dragonfly? is a great introduction to the fascinating world of dragonflies for kids.
For my daughter's Girl Scout Daisies party, she made simple dragonfly pins for her friends.
- 1 chenille stem / pipe cleaner (metallic ones are best)
- 1 large bead, 2 medium beads, 3 small beads in the same color or color family
- wired tulle ribbon
- safety pin (optional)
1. Cut the chenille stem in thirds.
2. Pick out some beautiful ribbon...or find some in your pile of present wrappings. Cut two 3" lengths of the ribbon. Tie the ribbon around the chenille stem just about a quarter inch from one end, creating four "wings"
3. Add the largest bead to the smallest end of the chenille stem (this is the head). Then add the medium beads to the other end and then the smallest beads.
4. Twist the end of the chenille stem around the smallest bead.
5. Trim the wings to be more narrow at the tip and wider as they meet the body.
6. Add a drop of clear-drying glue to the bead at the head.
7. Optional: Add a safety pin through one of the wings so you can pin to a hat or jacket.