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Title: Dragonfly
Post by: Jenxx on March 25, 2016 10:45:30 PM

Pinterest gave me inspiration for my latest project---a dragonfly made from ceiling fan blades.  I found them & a single chair leg at my local Habitat for Humanity.  Each piece was about 25 or 50 Cents.  I also found a glass garden globe on clearance for about $1.  Most of what I spent was a lot of time.

I laid the chair leg & fan blades on a piece of paper, in the proper shape, & drew around the center section to make a pattern.  Before cutting the pattern, I folded it in half lengthwise so both sides would be the same.  I transferred the pattern to a scrap of plywood & my very sweet husband cut it out for me. 

I adapted a clip art drawing of a dragonfly to fit my needs & painted it on the blades.  I finished with 3 coats of polyurethane for protection.  Using the original holes in the fan blades, Hubby helped me drill & bolt everything together with stainless steel nuts & bolts.  He cut most of the spike from the garden globe & drilled the top of the chair leg so it would fit for the head.  We added a wall hanger to the back but could have mounted it to a stake to display it in a flower garden

Over all, I'm pleased with it & already have friends wanting help in creating their own. 


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Post by: Eamea on March 26, 2016 07:59:01 AM
This is wonderful!  I'm partial to projects that reuse things, and this is so bright and cheery.  Well done!

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Post by: Monkey on March 26, 2016 01:38:53 PM
Super cute! I love dragonflies, so that is a big winner in my book! :D

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Post by: dewshinesdopp on March 27, 2016 06:47:13 AM
LOVE this!  It would be amazing on a wall or in a garden. 

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Post by: pennbeth on March 29, 2016 01:49:48 AM
Ah.... something else to look for at upcoming yard sales and flea markets.  I have just the place for it when I do finally make one. Actually I have a couple of places.  I will have to decide when it is done.

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Post by: anderlance on March 29, 2016 11:35:25 AM
This is such a wonderfully colorful piece, and great way to recycle!  I will be making a few of these for my patio I think. Kudos!

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Post by: rackycoo on March 31, 2016 08:59:35 AM
This is lovely! Perfect for an outdoor room!

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Post by: willadoodledoo on May 18, 2016 12:53:47 PM
I'll be sharing this with some friends!! Wonderful job!

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Post by: meleriffic on May 31, 2016 08:10:27 AM
How bright and colorful. And what a clever use of things that most people would just toss.