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Insect Crafts

Belle the Dragonfly

Belle the Dragonfly is an interactive craft that moves and makes noise.
Belle the Dragonfly is an interactive craft that moves and makes noise.

Belle the Dragonfly shakes and jingles. Hold her by the long loop, twirl her above your head, and watch her fly through the air. This dragonfly is the belle of the ball!

What You'll Need:

  • Toilet paper tube
  • Acrylic paint: yellow, pink, turquoise
  • 1-3/4 inch round white plastic Christmas ornament
  • 2 yards narrow yellow rickrack
  • 1 yard narrow pink rickrack
  • 12x16-inch piece purple netting
  • 12xl6-inch piece yellow netting
  • 6 inches string
  • Large jingle bell
  • Paintbrush
  • Black fine-point permanent marker
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure

How To Make Belle the Dragonfly:

Step 1: Paint yellow, pink, and turquoise stripes around the tube. Let dry, then draw thin black lines to separate the stripes.


Step 2: Draw 2 eyes and a smile on the bottom of the ornament, opposite its hanger.

Step 3: Cut the yellow rickrack into two 36-inch pieces. Thread one piece through the ornament hanger. To attach the head to the body, pull one end of the rickrack through the tube and the other end around the outside of the tube. Tie the ends together tightly against the bottom of the tube. Leave the loose ends hanging at the bottom.

Step 4: Gather both pieces of netting in the middle, and tie them together with string. Slip the netting between the rickrack and the tube on the back of the body, and tie both pieces securely to the rickrack with the same piece of string. Pull the purple netting up and the yellow netting down, forming wings.

Step 5: Slip the bell onto the second piece of yellow rickrack. Tie it around the top of the wings, and then tie just the ends of the rickrack together to form a large loop.

Tie a loop at the middle for swinging.
Tie a loop at the middle for swinging.

Step 6: Fold the pink rickrack in half, slip it around the yellow rickrack at the end of the tube, and tie to secure.

For more crafty fun and animal-related activities:


Sticky Bugs Hat and Shoes by Janelle Hayes, Christina Romo Carlisle and Janis BullisBelle the Dragonfly by Sharon Broutzas, Rice Freeman-Zachery, Connie Matricardi, Susan Milord, Lynnette Schuepbach, Kim Solga, Florence Temko