Dragonflies are one of my favorite insects, and this little handicraft dragonfly children’s craft is a new favorite idea. Craft sticks are always on hand, so why not use them for fun little projects like this? It’s just fun to create a beautiful little dragonfly with just a few materials that you can add to your decor. I love that this can slip into a potted plant or be used to play with the kids!
Craft stick dragonfly
Nothing makes me happier than finding a simple craft that kids will love to do. Since it is extremely budget friendly, it is perfect if you have little money and supplies. It’s super quick to do too, so it’s a great project if you only have a limited amount of time.
While my kids are no longer doing projects like this at school (yay teen years), I remember those days when crafting was an important part of every day. This is a perfect project for teachers, homeschoolers or day care centers. You can use child resistant glue instead of hot glue and make it a perfect project for artisans.
Use this as part of a flying insect lesson or just as a fun part of spring and summer insect studies. No matter why you make them, they will surely be a hit for your children and for you!
If your kids want to see real insects, check out this list of amazing DIY butterfly feeds! So many great ideas to bring butterflies and dragonflies to your garden!
How can I use them after they’re made?
Dragonflies are like one of these insect butterflies, which are absolutely beautiful. People love to look at them and children love to make them. The question is what to do with them once you have made them. There are several fun ways to use this project!
- Use as a puppet to pretend you’re playing with your kids.
- Integrate them into a homeschool lesson on insects (also great for teachers and preschool teachers).
- Glue a magnet to the back of the craft stick and add it to your fridge or other metal surface as decoration or to hold paper.
- Instead of sticking pompoms on the stick, draw the colors with markers and then use them as bookmarks.
- Put them in a bouquet or a centerpiece on our table.
- Add the sides of the potted plants with some hot glue.
- Use on gifts instead of a name tag or bow.
You could even make this fun little butterfly terrarium and attach the dragonfly as a decoration on the outside!
Can I use glitter on construction paper instead?
Crafts like this are great because they are inexpensive and use basic craft materials. While I love the glitter foam that these wings are made of, you can certainly replace it with other crafting materials that you have on hand.
The wings are made with colored construction paper. Paint a thin layer of glue over the construction paper and then sprinkle fine glitter over the glue. You can do the same with any paper you prefer.
Another option is to add a line of glue and glitter right around the edges of the wings. I even used glitter glue to draw a design on the wings that sparkles in the sun. Get creative and do what you think looks best. When you do this with children, of course, let them use their imagination and create the dragonfly they want.
Can I use rhinestones for the body instead of pompoms?
Just like in the manufacture of the wings, you can use anything you have on hand. I use small pompoms for the craft stick, but you can use rhinestones to get the same stunning look. You can also use homemade pompoms, pearls, or other small jewelry. This is a place where you can let your imagination run wild.
I think it’s especially great that it’s so easy for children to show their style on this project. Just give them an example and then choose from several supplies to choose from when making your dragonfly.
Supplies are needed
How to make a dragonfly craft stick
Add a medium pom pom on top of a craft stick.
Next, add 4-5 smaller pompoms in a line below. You can alternate the colors used here or all colors as desired.
Add googly eyes to the top bobble.
Draw the outline of a wing on a piece of foam paper.
Fold this paper in half along the bottom of the wing and then cut out the wing shape so that two identical wings are created when unfolded.
Place an adhesive line in the middle of the wings.
Add your craft stick to the wings of the glue in the middle.
Now you can add additional pearls, sequins or glitter and display them as needed.
I love adding little things to our crafting routine. My craft stick bees are another favorite, but you can get more creative and add bigger projects to your list. Another one I love is the recently made butterfly craft with upcycling spoons. They are so pretty and super easy to do.
Another fun project that fits this theme is popsicle birdhouses. It’s great to add something in front of a window so that children become more familiar with the birds and squirrels that come into your garden. With this painted butterfly craft from paper rolls, you can also go a little outside the box. Just use your imagination to create some fun projects related to the dollar store or upcycling items.
By far, Dollar Tree is my favorite place to pick up craft supplies. I love that they have ordered from Dollar Tree online again to make it easy to buy inexpensive craft pens, glue, beads, foam and more for projects like this!
Active time 5 minutes
total time 5 minutes
Estimated costs $ 1
- Add a medium to large pompom on top of a craft stick.
- Glue 4-5 additional pompoms in alternating colors on the craft stick.
- Put googly eyes on the top pompom;
- Draw a wing on the back of a piece of foam paper, fold the paper in half, and cut out the wing so that two equal sides are created.
- Fold the wing apart and place an adhesive line along the middle.
- Place the craft stick on the glue and press to secure it.
- Add and display or add more embellishments as needed to play with your kids.
This can be made with larger craft sticks for a variety of sizes and displayed as a dragonfly family.
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