As you know, I'm a Plaid Ambassador, which means that the folks at Plaid send me boxes of products to try. (I know. Coolest thing ever.) When I opened a box with two bottles of Dragonfly Glaze (affiliate link here and throughout the post), naturally I used it to make dragonflies! (Actually, one dragonfly and one damselfly.) They look so cute bobbling around in my houseplant.
Dragonfly and Damselfly Garden Stakes
- jumbo craft sticks (1 per insect)
- mini craft sticks (4 per insect) OR standard craft sticks (2 per insect)
- Plaid paint and Dragonfly Glaze
- craft glue
- googly eyes
- wire cutters
- clear straws
Paint a jumbo craft stick the color you'd like your dragonfly or damselfly to be. (I made one green with mini craft sticks representing Washington's state insect, the green darner dragonfly, and one blue with standard craft sticks, representing Nevada's state insect, the vivid dancer damselfly.) Paint the mini or standard craft sticks white. When the paint is dry, give each a coat or two of Dragonfly Glaze.
When the glaze is completely dry and you're happy with the shimmer, glue the eyes and the wings to the body. Leave a small gap between the wings. When the glue is dry, place a white Twisteezwire between the wings.
Twist the two ends of the wire together close to the insect's body. Then continue to twist the two wires around each other.
Thread the twisted wire into a clear drinking straw, then press the straw into the potted plant. Adjust the wire as desired.
My dragonfly and damselfly will be staying indoors, but you could put these in the garden instead. A coat of sealant will help it stay intact and shimmery throughout the growing season.