Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Dragonflies, owls and bats

Whenever we go for walks, go to the park or obviously to the country, we always come home with pockets or baskets full of natures treasures. Last week in the park we found seed pods on a tree 
(it was not the maple), that closely resembled the wings of the beautiful dragonflies. Kaleena immediately saw the resemblance and wanted to pick sticks to then make some at home. Her and I made a couple that evening, but today we really got inspired. On our morning walk we picked more sticks, pine needles and little acorns. We set up with the children's glue guns, and ended up with a complete gathering of little creatures.
We sat for a couple of hours I'd say, even Keenan was so involved in the 
creation of his little animal friends.
This was Kaleena's first dragonfly before the eyes were added
this was Keenan's
this was Keenan's hedgehog
this was mine
Kaleena's bat
and her owl
and a gathering of fireflies ready to take flight.
We made different versions, and some we used little glass beads for eyes, other we used 
little green seeds we found i the park this morning.
I glued them to a bouquet of sticks, to make them part of a nature table for the porch, that I suddenly felt inspired to make

and here it is.
I love the whimsy of all the little creatures. 
The children enjoyed this project immensely, truly they enjoy all projects that include hot glue, and I just adored to see them recognize an animal friend in every piece of material they picked up. It was 
very rewarding to observe and be apart of.
ohh our little 1000 leg caterpillar:)

I still plan to add some glitter to the wings of the dragon flies, but currently don't have any. I love them
 all natural, yet dragonflies are endowed with glistening colors, so I do want to add some. I have decided to get some glitter recommended by Twig and Toadstool, I also serendipitously saw some fabulous dragonflies on this blog the same day we brought home our wings. She recommends  Martha Stewart's gem stone glitter for superb glitter effect, so clearly I must try this.

Thanks for looking in
~and happy creating~


  1. What creative nature inspired smallies! I especially love the dragonflies and owls. Really beautiful! Your children must have had so much fun.

  2. Christina, I love them, especially the bat and the owl.. they are all gorgeous "in their own special way",, i've been looking for our little spikey pods to do the hedgehogs but they have disappeared.. too cute I have to show Sasha and Sania. xxx

  3. These are beautiful! "My" kids are loving the hot glue guns too right now, and I know they'd love this idea.

    Thanks for your comments on my blog today! I'm looking forward to reading more of yours.

  4. they are adorable! i especially love the bat! ;)

  5. What lovely creations!!! I especially LOVE the owls!!
    xo maureen

  6. Your family is very creative, such sweet little friends! : )

  7. These are so sweet! I just love the gathering of dragonflies.

  8. Beautiful. I love seeing what people create out of nature bits and pieces. I have the same quandry about adding glitter and gem stones. Sometimes it looks right and other times it looks, oh so wrong! I'm sure it will look good on the dragonflies.

  9. Wow! You and your family are so creative and talented. I'm inspired!

  10. These are too cool! What a creative way to incorporate nature and art.
    Thanks so much for your sweet comment!

  11. How utterly delightful!!!
    Blessings and magic,

  12. These are so lovely, you are very creative. I am having a great time looking around your blog!

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