Making an Upcycle Dragon Fly Leads to Another Project Using Leftovers!

I fell in love the post on Hometalk that used ceiling fan blades for an upcycled dragon fly and had to make one for myself. A trip to Habitat for Humanity Rehab Store got all the supplies I needed and the dragon fly was made. But I was left with one lonely fan blade and all the hardware. Hmmmm, what to do?
This is what I came up with. I thought the blade attachments resembled fish tails. I spray painted the fan blade blue, then taped it off and lightly spray painted the bottom white. I used acrylic paint for the eye, and black sharpie marker for the lines. Curled silver and copper wires make the water, and I screwed those to the back. I glued old keys to the back for hangers, but it could be mounted to a stake for placement in a garden.
Don't they look like fish tails to you?
This is how the dragon fly turned out. I glued halogen lights on either side of a railing spindle. And bent and screwed a slotted spoon to the top for the face/mouth thing.
A view from the back.

Top Hometalk Projects

11 Unexpected Ways to Use Spices in Your Home
15 Genius Curtain Ideas To Instantly Upgrade Your Space
31 Amazing Furniture Flips You Have to See to Believe
30 Essential Hacks For Cleaning Around Your Home
17 DIY Decor Ideas To Get The Party Started
15 Things To Do With Scrap Material
21 Insanely Cute Reasons to Add Pineapple to Your Decor
15 Amazing Things You Can Make With Dollar Store Gems
31 Space-Saving DIY Ideas That'll Keep Your Home Organized
31 Amazing Furniture Flips You Have to See to Believe
The 15 Coolest Ways to Reuse Pipes in Your Home Decor
Fake It Until You Make It! 27 Creative Hacks for High-End Looks
31 Amazing Furniture Flips You Have to See to Believe
15 Kitchen Updates Under $20
Creative Parents Share These Brilliant Kids' Project Ideas

Have a question about this project?

Join the conversation

2 of 7 comments
  • Michelle Kolbenstetter
    on Jul 10, 2015

    My local habitat for humanity rehab store sells the fan blades (with the hardware attached) in groups of five. I did not have to buy the whole ceiling fan in order to get my blades.

  • Punky brewster
    on Oct 11, 2015

    I love love love the whale!

Your comment...