Posted by Katie smith / 3/09/2016 / No comments / crafting , pirouline , tutorial
Make Hanging Dragonfly Decor from Pirouline Tins
The first day of Spring is in less than 2 weeks! I'm really excited about that, it's my first Spring here in the Pacific Northwest and we already have a bunch of flowers and trees blooming!
So this months Pirouline project was obviously inspired by Spring!
A while back I had seen some really cute garden stakes on pinterest made out of empty soup cans, made to look like bumble bees. I thought they were the cutest and then I thought, "well what about Dragonflies?!".
I knew the skinny Pirouline tins would be perfect for this project!
- Empty Pirouline Tins
- Acrylic Paints
- Spray Paint (optional)
- Paint Brush
- Painters Tape (optional)
- Floral Wire
- Twine (to hang them!)
1. Start by giving your tins a base coat of whatever color you want them to be. I used spray paint for this step, as it covers the logos printed on the tins the easiest.
Paint both the tins and the lids.
2. Next grab the acrylic paints and a paint brush! Paint on stripes of different sizes.
If you want *perfect* stripes, I would recommend wrapping painters tape around the tin to use as a guide, peeling it off after your paint dries. I just freestyled it.
3. On the lid, you will want to add on a face! I kept mine simple, 2 black circles for eyes and U shaped mouth. To give your dragonfly "life" I recommend adding a couple of white dots to the eyes.
4. Okay, now for the hardest part of the project (it's not THAT hard, I promise!).
Grab your floral wire. Fold a bow, like pictured below, the 2 loops will be the wings, and you want the end to be about 3" long.
5. Add on 2 more loops, as pictured below, and wrap the wire around the middle a couple of times to secure them in place.
6. With the extra wire, Make a 2" loop to hang your dragonfly from, wrapping a couple of times around the middle of the wings to secure it, and then trim the wire to 3" extra.
(I hope I did an okay job explaining that!)
7. Carefully use your awl to punch 2 small holes about 2" down from the front of your tin. (not too far back because you'll need to be able to reach them in the next step!)
8. Place the 2 ends of your wire wings through the 2 punched holes.
Use your fingers and reach inside the tins to twist them together to secure them. If you can't reach them, try using a long pair of pliers!
9. Replace the lid and hang your dragonfly!
What color would you paint your dragonflies? I am also thinking how cute these would be as butterflies, maybe adding beads to the wire wings? Yes!