There were so many at the cabin this year, types I had never seen before. So that was the inspiration for this project.
I was also thinking that teachers always need magnets especially if you work with white boards. If you have the kids make one for themselves and one for you you'll have lots!
So let's get started.
- paper. pencil, eraser
- DRAGONFLY TEMPLATE if needed
- thin cardboard or chipboard (cereal box or posterboard)
- gesso or white paint
- acrylic or tempera paint
- book or info pages to decorate wings
- glitter glue
- tacky glue
- Mod podge for final seal
To start you can either use my TEMPLATE or make your own.
This is me working on the large dragonfly, planning out the shape and using reference material.
To make the wings symmetrical on my design I cut out only 1 side and then flipped it over to trace the other side.
Cut out the cardboard design.
Prime your dragonflies with gesso or white paint.
Let dry and if like me, you used a cereal box you can also prime the back if you wish.
I have kept my wings white but we will be pasting on top of them so if you get some excess paint on them no worries.
When I was looking for information on Dragonflies I stumbled across a checklist for Alberta that had all the names.
Once I read thru them I knew I had to use it, names like Sedge Sprite, Rainbow Bluet, River Jewelwing, Powdered Dancer and Zigzag Darner.
You can find the checklist here:
Use a touch of diluted paint to add a bit of color to the wings.
I then went over them with some iridescent glitter glue to give them that sparkle like real Dragonflies.
Add a coat of Mod podge to seal everything and to add a nice shiny coat.
Have a great Labor Day weekend everyone and I'll see you next week with Dragonflies part 2.
These look great!ReplyDelete
These are beautiful! Do you think that first graders could do it?? About how long did it take incuding drying time?ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Bee Craft Inspirations, under the Page 1 post on Aug. 31, 2012. Thanks again.ReplyDelete
These are lovely and so easy to make! Thank you again for sharing your great ideas :)ReplyDelete
You have the best ideas! I am a homeschooling mom and my daughter and I have tried several of your art projects. We love them!ReplyDelete
These are just what my littlies could make as there 'insect study' is coming to a close. Thank you, the instructions are great.ReplyDelete
It looks like you used acrylic paint for the bodies or is it water colour paint?ReplyDelete
This is a project I will have the kiddos do this week for a bulletin board in our Sunday School Hallway. These are so adorable!
It's actually disk tempera. You can use whatever you have on hand. If you plan to seal them with Mod Podge or something similar use acrylic so they won't smear.
Thanks for the suggestions, Gail. :)ReplyDelete