5 small beads
2 large beads
Netting, tulle or organza
This beaded craft project shows you how to make a very simple beaded dragonfly.
Cut two lengths of wire, 1 length at 20" and 1 at 10"
Take the 20" piece and twist both the ends together to form a circle. At 1/3 of the length of the circle twist the circle together to make a figure 8. Now fold each of those circles to form more figure 8's until you have 4 loops/wings.
Shape the wings by pushing the two large loops together and then the smaller ones. Twist them all together to form the wings. Cover the wings with netting by running a small bead of glue around the wire and attaching the netting. Once it has dried trim off any excess netting around the shape so the edges are neat.
To make the body
Fold the 10" wire in half and thread the beads onto the wire starting with the 3 small beads. Then thread the larger beads on as they form the dragonfly's body. Split the two ends of wire and thread a small bead onto each strand to form the antenna. Secure them into place with craft glue. Curl the remaining wire into a curly antenna top.
Complete the dragonfly by gluing the wings onto the body and cover the join with a rhinestone.
By Shellie Wilson. Shellie is the chief creative editor for Craftbits.