It’s gardening season here in Minnesota, finally. I’m pretty sure the snow will not make a reappearance this year, until It’s proper time, of course. Gardening for us is exciting this year cuz we get to have a bigger garden, not just patio-sized. Although the lot on your new house is not huge, we’re going to have two 4’x8’ raised bed vegetable gardens and a bunch of flowers around the house. We’ll share details on that adventure in coming posts, but for now we want to share our pattern for one of our garden decorations—Douglas the Dragon Fly!
Douglas is actually one of our kits that you can get at our Two Kids Cooking & More Shop, BUT, today we’re gonna share our pattern so our more industrious, saw-using crafter fans can make their own.
Here’s the supplies you’ll need to make your version of Douglas the Dragon Fly:
-2 feet of wire
– Ten 1/2 inch nails
– One, 1 inch foam brush
– Acrylic Paints
– A 15” x 9” piece of 3/8” plywood
-A 19” x 12” piece of ¼” plywood
– Douglas Dragonfly Pattern
– Polyurethane Spray
Here’s the step-by-step, how-to:
1. First trace your pattern on to your wood.
Note that each square equals 1 inch, but you can make your dragon fly whatever size you want. Ours is about 13” x 19” when finished. The downloadable pattern is scaled to the right size (approximately), but if you want to decrease or increase it, you can. We also use two different thickness of plywood, 3/8 and 1/4 inch, but again, if you want to make it thicker, you certainly can.
2. Next, cut your pattern out on a jigsaw.
This is for adults or older kids with supervision—don’t forget safety goggles! Alex is allowed to use electric saws (jig, table, circular) at Grandma’s house (and his dad’s and mine) with supervision. He has taken wood shop in school, his dad is a carpenter and Grandma is an avid woodworker, so he has been ‘trained’. Soph hasn’t ventured to using saws yet at 10 years old, maybe in a couple years.
3. Drill holes in your top wings.
Once your pieces are cut out, drill two holes on the top wing about 3 inches from the center. These are for the wire hanger. Again, older kids that use tools can help with this; otherwise it’s an adult Job.
5. Attach the wings.
When the sanding is finished, attach the wings to the body of the dragon fly as shown. If you are using glue, add the glue to the center area of the wings. Place the body of the dragonfly on the wings. Nail each wing to the body with 8 of the ½ inch nails. Four nails per wing, two per side. An adult may want to start the nails for the kids to make it easier for them to hammer in.
If you are going to hang Douglas the Dragonfly outside, make sure to spray him with 3 coats of polyurethane spray to protect him from the wind and rain!