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Allie and I made this craft on a card for one of her little friends for their birthday the other day.

Tissue Paper Dragonfly Craft for Kids

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Materials Needed:

  • Tissue paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes

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Start by stacking 4 colors of tissue paper on top of each other and then cut out tear drop shapes for the dragonfly’s wings. Make smaller ones to put inside the bigger ones too.

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Take a paintbrush and spread a thin coat of glue on a white sheet of card stock paper and stick the tissue paper. Add some antennas and googly eyes to finish! Next time I would make the tail part more rounded inside of pointed 🙂

Well the kids made it through the first couple days of school and the new curriculum. Andrew said he can’t wait to go again.

We are now enjoying the long weekend just staying close to home. We made some belated gifts for two of my friends yesterday and delivered them. Here are some pictures of the rustic pictures that we made from this post.

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DIY Rustic Pallet Pumpkins...with mini bunting |via Make It and Love It

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You could set these pumpkins on your favorite shelf, hang them on your wall, or set them out on your porch.

And there are so many ways you can customize them to fit your own style! I’m not a fan of bright orange in my home so I made my pumpkins white, but the possibilities are truly endless as to what color you could paint them and how you could embellish them.

For this project you will need:

  • one pallet pulled apart
  • chop saw and jig saw
  • nail gun and/or hammer and nails
  • paint and paint brush
  • twigs or small branches
  • tree trimmers (to cut twigs)
  • string
  • scrap fabric or 1/8 yard cuts of three different fabrics
  • scissors or rotary cutter and mat
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks

The first thing you will need to do is pull your pallet apart and get the top cross pieces off. You will use the back claw side of the hammer to do this.  These are the pieces we will use for the pumpkins. You will need six of the cross pieces. Five of them will be used to make the front of the pumpkin and the sixth will be used as a brace across the back to hold your pumpkins together.

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Now take these six pieces and cut them in half.  Pallet sizes vary so you will need to measure your pieces to determine what length “half” is for you. Cut them in half using your chop saw.

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Now lay five of them out with half of them vertical and half of them horizontal…or whatever way you want your pumpkins to be.  Now you are going to take the extra cross piece section and nail it to the back of the pumpkin perpendicular to the other pieces. You will need to trim this extra piece down to fit. I made my back brace piece so it was a little smaller than the entire width of the pumpkin. Use a nail gun or hammer and nails to attach. Make sure that your nails aren’t longer than the thickness of your wood, otherwise your nail will poke through the front of your pumpkin.

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Then you will turn your pumpkins face up.  With a pencil, sketch out how you want your pumpkin to look.

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When you have the pumpkins sketched out how you want, then you will need to take a jig saw and cut around your outline.  Take your time and go slow.  Pallet wood will easily crack and splinter, especially if the pallet is older.  Its worth it to go slow and do it right.

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You may have to cut through the back brace piece.  When you are done your pumpkins will look something like this.

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Now it is time to paint them.

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While the pumpkins are drying its time to make the mini bunting! For the bunting you will need three different fabrics either in scraps or 1/8 yard cuts (1/8 yard is the smallest cut most stores will do for you).

Take your fabric and cut it into 1 1/2 inch strips. From these strips you will cut triangles with a 1 inch side.(For more on how to make a bunting look here.)

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Take your triangles and hot glue them onto the string, putting the hot glue on the back side of the fabric.

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Attach your bunting to the pumpkin using hot glue.

Now take your twigs or small branches and cut them down to make your pumpkin stems (mine measure about 4 1/2 inches). To make the stem looked curved over like a pumpkin stem, cut one side on an angle.

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Attach the stem piece to the top of your pumpkin with hot glue.

Your pumpkins are now done, unless you want to do any more embellishing!

Happy Labor day!!

Melanie

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