Monday, November 15, 2010

Dragonflies in November?

I saw this quick and easy tutorial for making twig dragonflies back in September (at Somewhat Simple).  Susannah and I have been collecting these maple keys (I've always called them helicopter leaves and Susannah refers to them as bunny ear leaves) for the past few months in anticipation of this craft.  I love how they turned out - and the glitter makes them kind of Christmas-y!


Looks a bit like they just jumped out of a plane and are skydiving, doesn't it?  Like I said, these were really simple to make.  Just some maple keys, some twigs, a bit of glitter (we used glitter glue because I'm a mean mom and I have issues with loose glitter in the house), some beads for the eyes and a hot glue gun to hold it all together!

I think the red one is my favorite.  He's like a chameleon dragonfly on the changing blueberry leaves.



I love nature-inspired projects...especially this time of year.  They go nicely with the nut critters we made, too.  Now we just need to make something out of all the beautiful leaves and we'll have a complete fall collection!




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33 comments:

  1. Those are gorgeous! So creative and lovely :)

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  2. I love those! How cute and simple!

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  3. Those would look really cute for Christmas too on a garden theme type tree. Yours are very cute and I'm sure you'll find lots of uses for them.

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  4. Really cute..and I totally agree about the glitter glue stick. Afterall, the point to crafts is the fun, not the clean-up!

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  5. Those are adorable. Great idea. Thank you for sharing!!

    Hugs,
    Regi

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  6. These are beautiful, Megan! Love the different colors. They would look amazing hanging on the Christmas tree.

    I laughed outloud about the loose glitter... I feel the same way. Any time I find a little flake of glitter in my house, I blame it on my sister (even though she lives four hours away) because she loves loose glitter:)

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  7. I've popped over from Lucky Star Lane. These are adorable. I love dragonflies. My husband who is full of trivia tells me that they are an ancient species and were around before dinosaurs. (Now I'm being nerdy like him.) Love these!

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  8. Love the dragonflies! Will make some with my daughter.Love your site. I am now a follower. Follow me if you like.

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  9. beautymous! I think dragon flies must be just about the prettiest creature running.... and then you went and glittered them and took it to a whole new level. Dang!

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  10. Oooh they turned out lovely! I like the glitter element. Super cute!

    Thank you for linking up to Kids Get Crafty! Lovely to see you there!

    Maggy

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  11. So cute and I think my kids could even pull this off!

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  12. Oh these are wonderful and I'm going to have to make some to give to my mum for a present. She loves dragonflies.
    Thank you for sharing this project.

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  13. That is awesome! I would love for you to come link up at the Strut your Stuff Party!
    http://danajeanward.blogspot.com/2010/11/strut-your-stuff-link-party-and.html

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  14. Those are TOOOOO CUTE!!!!!! Thanks so much for linking them up to gettin' crafty on hump day! :)

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  15. Hi Megan, thank you for stopping by on creJJtion! Really appreciate that :-)
    Love, Maaike

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  16. I would sooooooo rather be making these than editing html code!!! Thanks for the tips Megan, I'll get there yet!
    Loving the dragon flies...though we have really big seed bulbs on the end of our 'helicopters'...did you break those off or are yours just differenter?? (that's Jax word!)
    Mx

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  17. oooh, I like these! I can totally see giving them a Christmas flair and putting them on my tree. Thanks!

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  18. These are so cute! Too bad we don't have any of those types of leaves around here!

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  19. I love them!! I wanna make some!! I wonder if the snow has ruined all the whirligigs?

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  20. Cute craft! Exellent job!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
    AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

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  21. Very clever!! Now I'm not so unhappy about the two maple trees I have in my yard! Thanks for your link-up!

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  22. These are great! I featured you on my blog today.
    oliviarenn.blogspot.com

    Feel free to grab a featured button!

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  23. Hey Megan, I LOVE this idea. It's just adorable, and if I only knew what Maple keys were, lol, I'd be set. Don't laugh at me. :)

    Thank you so much for linkin up to **Amaze me August**, and don't forget all Christmas crafts should be linked up to **6 weeks 2 JINGLE**

    Oh and girl, make sure you come participate in my Giveaway, its HUGE, and you can win SEVEN yes SEVEN gifts. Thanks girl!!!

    Bella :)

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  24. Those dragonflies are so amazing! What a wonderful idea...
    Malia
    www.yesterdayontuesday.com

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  25. Megan, I FEATURED your awesome dragonflies today, I couldn't help it, they were just too cute.

    If you want a FEATURED button, come grab one girl!! Thanks again, for linking up to **Amaze me August**

    Bella :)

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  26. How adorable and such a nice way to celebrate the inherent beauty of your natural surroundings. I'm mourning the fact that I don't have any of those seed pods in my vicinity. If I did, I would surely make a few dragonflies of my own. Thanks for sharing!

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  27. What a lovely Maple Seed craft! I am doing a roundup of ways to learn and play with Helicopter seeds and I'm going to include a link to your site, love the glitter! www.lalymom.blogspot.com

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