DIY Garden Dragonflies: Creative Crafts For Your Outdoor Space

Looking to add a touch of whimsy and charm to your garden? Why not try making your own garden dragonflies! These colorful and playful creatures are a fun and easy DIY project that will bring a unique element to your outdoor space.

Gardening and crafting are both popular hobbies that allow for creativity and self-expression. Combining the two can result in beautiful and fun creations that enhance the beauty of your garden. Making your own garden dragonflies is a simple and affordable way to add a pop of color and personality to your outdoor oasis.

With just a few materials and a little bit of time, you can create your own unique garden dragonflies that will add a touch of magic to your outdoor space. This DIY project is not only a fun way to spend an afternoon, but it also allows you to customize your garden décor to reflect your own personal style. Follow along with this article to learn how to make your own DIY garden dragonflies and bring a sense of whimsy to your outdoor sanctuary.

Here’s an easy and fun craft to do with your kids in the Spring as well as the Summer.  These simple dragonflies made from spoons will be a hit in your household.  My daughters loved the fact that the dragonflies were made from colorful spoons and they also could create their own designs.  They go together so quick and easy.  You will probably end up with a house full of them.  If my daughters, had their way I know they would! :)

Garden Dragonflies

Here’s What You Need:

  • Plastic Spoons (Any color will work.)
  • Couple of Sheets of Transparencies
  • Dragonfly Template
  • Sharpie / Permanent Markers
  • Thin Sharpie (Optional)
  • Scissors
  • Low Temperature Hot Glue Gun
  • Wiggly Eyes
  • Sticks

Step 1:   Download the free dragonfly template above &  print it out.

Step 2:   Lay the transparency over the template and trace the outline of the dragonfly wings with the thin Sharpie marker.  Make sure to hold this firmly in place.  Younger kids will probably need help holding the slippery transparency while tracing.

Drawing Shapes

Step 3:   After tracing the wings, fill them in with any colorful designs using the Sharpie markers.

Step 4:   Cut the wings out.

Overlapping Wings

Step 5:   Take the cut out wings and slightly overlap them.  Hot glue the wings in place onto the spoon.

Step 6:   Add the wiggly eyes and draw on a little mouth or smile .

Garden Dragonflies_Glue Stick

Step 7:   Find a skinny stick and hot glue it to the bottom side of the dragonfly.  This is optional. Some kids may want their dragonfly with out the sticks.

Look how cute these turned out!  Here’s our batch before we hot glued the sticks onto them.

Here they are with the sticks glued onto them!  They’re so cute!

You’ll have a lot of fun making these really simple dragonflies.  I know we did!


Crafting your own garden dragonflies is a delightful way to add a whimsical touch to your outdoor space. These DIY creations not only bring charm to your garden but also provide a fun and creative project for all ages. By incorporating these colorful dragonflies into your garden decor, you can infuse a sense of enchantment and personality into your surroundings. We hope you enjoy making these delightful creatures as much as we did! Share your experiences and creations with us in the comments below. Let’s inspire each other to bring more magic to our gardens!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do dragonflies benefit gardeners?

1. Dragonflies help to naturally control populations of pest insects, reducing the need for chemical pesticides.
2. Their presence adds beauty and diversity to the garden ecosystem, enhancing the overall biodiversity of the area.
3. Observing dragonflies can be a relaxing and enjoyable pastime, providing a connection to nature and the outdoors.

How can I attract dragonflies to my garden?

1. Create a diverse habitat with a mix of vegetation, including native plants and water features like ponds or shallow dishes of water. Dragonflies are attracted to water for breeding and hunting.
2. Avoid using chemical pesticides, as these can harm dragonflies and other beneficial insects.
3. Provide perches such as tall grasses or sticks where dragonflies can rest and survey their surroundings.

What are some common species of dragonflies found in gardens?

Common species of dragonflies found in gardens include the Blue Dasher, Eastern Pondhawk, Widow Skimmer, and Common Whitetail, among others. These species vary in size, coloration, and habitat preferences.

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