DIY Upcycled Dragonfly Christmas Tree Ornament

4 Materials
6 Hours

I know it is long after Christmas but I am just getting around to posting this fun little dragonfly ornament made from upcycled magazine pages, an empty soda can, and some salvaged copper electrical wire. I thought they were so cute I made some as gifts to give in addition to hanging them on my tree.

The first step is to make the paper beads for the body of the dragonfly.

It is best to select pages the have color printed all the way to the edge of the paper. One page makes enough beads for one dragonfly.

The magazine page is cut into thin strips and then wrapped into bead shapes.

The copper electrical wire is stripped and used to assemble the paper beads into the body of the dragonfly.

To make the wings use a print-free aluminum can or remove the print using a brillo pad.

Once the wings are cut a thumbtack is used to punch out a decorative pattern and the wing's edges are finished with some dimensional paint.

To finish the dragonfly more copper wire is cut to make the legs and attach the wings to the body. Just add a wire hook or some string and the dragonfly is ready to hang on your tree.

Thanks for checking out my project. If you would like to see the full tutorial you can watch the video below.

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