Thursday, April 18, 2013

Dragonfly Garden Stake

Spring is finally here!  

I love dragonflies.  I think they are very elegant and regal looking. When I saw a beautiful beaded dragonfly garden stake at Pier One recently, I knew I wanted something like this in my rock garden.

I decided I would try to make my own since I had lots of beads on hand. Little did I know what I thought would be easy to do, turned out to be very frustrating and time consuming.  My motto became, you win some and you lose some.  With this project, I think I lost.  But wait!

Since this was a garden stake, I needed everything, wire and beads to be very sturdy.  The wire has to support the body of the dragonfly and the wings.

Using different shades of green and blue beads I threaded the larger ones  onto a 18 gauge wire. That was easy enough, but when it came to making the wings, the smaller beads would not thread onto the thicker wire.  

First, I tried thinner wire - which looked okay in this picture.  But if I made the wings larger, I had nothing to support the wings in order for them to stay upright.

After switching out some of the beads (body) for larger ones I found from old necklaces,

I ended up wrapping the smaller beaded wire around the 18 gauge wire for the larger wings. This gave the dragonfly a hefty set of wings, but it looked sparse.  Next I beaded 24 gauge wire into loops and wrapped the loops together on each side with more beaded wire.  I realized that I couldn't or wouldn't duplicate all those beaded loops.

Feeling a bit frustrated, I decided to stop and secured the dragonfly to a plain painted stake using more beaded wire.

I had hoped to make a dragonfly like the one at Pier one. But this one is kinda cute with it's own quirky look.  

It doesn't photograph well, but I can tell you that it looks much better in a real-life setting.


 And, oh .  .  .

Outside in my rock garden, the dragonfly garden stake looks awesome next to the beautiful phlox in bloom.

Is this a hit or miss?  You decide!

Take a little time to enjoy!


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  1. You are amazing! You do some gorgeous stuff with beads and this is just one more fine example! I love dragonflies too...but you knew that! Well done my friend!

  2. Oh my gosh Gail... that looks so amazing in your garden. Good for you for sticking with it. I love dragonflies too and I think this is definitely a hit! Your phlox looks sooo beautiful!

  3. Wow... this is awesome! The amount of work and detail that went into this is incredible! Great job!

  4. Gail! Your dragonfly is AWESOME! He looks amazing flying over your garden. Thanks so much for sharing how you made him. I saw your post over at the CSI project.

  5. That's so creative!!! I love it! and I love your rock garden.....great job Gail!

  6. That is awesome! Gail your beading is just so amazing, I love this!

  7. I love dragonflies and this one is very special. It looks great with your purple phlox. I would never have the patience to thread all those tiny beads!

  8. Congratulations on the CSI Top Ten! The dragonfly deserved it! Check about your blog's name on the Top Ten page.

  9. Congratulations, Gail, on being selected in the Top Ten over at the CSI Project for your great beaded dragonfly...he is wonderful!

  10. I love how your dragonfly turned out. Most people would not have seen the one at Pier One so they would not know the difference.
    Great job,

  11. Hi Gail,
    Your dragonfly is adorable. I'm pinning it right now. And I am a new follower from the Pin It Monday Party.

  12. Wow i'm totally blown away by your fabulous creation !

  13. Beautiful!!
    Thanks so much for sharing this on Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party- I can't wait to see what you will be sharing this week.

  14. What a beautiful DIY. I'm featuring you on The DIY'ers this week, so thanks for linking up!

  15. Oh i am really surprised to see such a nice garden stakes.Its looks like a real one and very attractive.Every wants to such type of stakes in our garden.

  16. Wow. Most creative stake ever. I wouldn’t have the patience to wire those beads together. Great job. I’m just wondering if those won’t get easily blown down by the wind. Maybe you could try hardwood garden stakes art or creative tree guards. That would be awesome!

  17. This is awesome! The amount of work and detail that went into this is incredible! Great job!
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