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How to Make Translucent Dragonfly Wings

Sometimes a project takes on a life of its own and turns out way more gorgeous than expected. Like these translucent dragonfly wings.

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Just look at those colors. Aren’t they stunning? I love the way the light filters through them and casts jewel-like reflections on the board.

A rusty nail has never looked more gorgeous with these translucent dragonfly wings. Full tutorial includes 2 free printables to make dragonfly and butterfly wings. #DragonflyWingsTempalte #DragonflyWingsDIY #ButterflyWings #ACraftyMix #DIYDragonfltWings #AlcoholInkCrafts #AlcoholInk #CraftTutorial

A rusty nail never looked more beautiful in my humble opinion 😉 And if you’ve been following the blog for a while you’ll know I’m on a mission to repurpose all those rusty nails we’ve collected over the years. They’re great for makings so many different things, like this reindeer family or a fairy potting bench. But the DIY dragonfly is without a doubt my favorite “nail repurpose” so far. And they’re so easy to make too. If you’re not a fan of dragonflies then you can use the same technique to make a few butterflies instead.

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What you need

  • Rusty nails
  • Clear DC fix or Sticky Transparent sheets (affiliate link below)
  • Shrinkwrap (also known as cling film)
  • 15 or 18 gauge jewelry wire (optional)
  • Dragonfly or butterfly wings template
  • Super Glue
  • Alcohol ink in various colors

What you need to make beautiful translucent dragonfly wings. Full tutorial includes 2 free printables to make dragonfly and butterfly wings. #DragonflyWingsTempalte #DragonflyWingsDIY #ButterflyWings #ACraftyMix #DIYDragonfltWings #AlcoholInkCrafts #Alcohol Ink #CraftTutorial

If you can’t find any alcohol ink in a craft store nearby, you can make your own using this stunning tutorial.

How to make translucent dragonfly wings

This is one of those super easy crafts that wow every time. Print the free dragonfly wing template on to Clear DC fix or sticky transparency sheets. Depending on the length of your rusty nail you may need to resize the wings. The nail I used for the dragonfly is huge. Place the wings on your work surface and put a piece of shrink wrap on top of the template.

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Randomly drop alcohol ink all over the shrinkwrap. I used green, yellow and blue for the dragon wings. Alcohol ink has this wonderful ability to flow together to form new interesting colors and they’re all gorgeously translucent. Play around and experiment.

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If you’re not happy with the colors, simply remove the shrink wrap and put a new one on top of the template and start again. Just make sure that all the spots are covered.

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Crinkle the shrink wrap up a little as shown in the picture above. Check again that all the spots are covered, before sliding the template out from under the wrap and removing the protective backing. Stick the template down on top of the alcohol inked shrinkwrap.

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Use a sharp pair of scissors to cut the dragonfly wings out.

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Sooooooooooo beautiful, right?!!! Okay, so that’s it. The translucent dragonfly wings are done 😀 Told you it’s easy.  Now for the body.

How to make the dragonfly body

RightyO, let’s give those gorgeous dragonfly wings a body to rest on. Cut three pieces of jewelry wire and wrap them around the rusty nail close to the top. Add a small drop of super glue to hold them in place.

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Once the legs are done, glue the DIY Dragonfly wings on to the wire legs with more superglue.

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Ta-da.

A rusty nail has never looked more gorgeous with these translucent dragonfly wings. Full tutorial includes 2 free printables to make dragonfly and butterfly wings. #DragonflyWingsTemplate #DragonflyWingsDIY #ButterflyWings #ACraftyMix #DIYDragonflyWings #AlcoholInkCrafts #AlcoholInk #CraftTutorial

Beautiful translucent dragonfly wings.

A rusty nail has never looked more gorgeous with these translucent dragonfly wings. Full tutorial includes 2 free printables to make dragonfly and butterfly wings. #DragonflyWingsTemplate #DragonflyWingsDIY #ButterflyWings #ACraftyMix #DIYDragonflyWings #AlcoholInkCrafts #AlcoholInk #CraftTutorial

I used a few of the shorter nails to make some butterflies too.

Rusty nails have never looked more beautiful with these translucent butterfly wings. Full tutorial includes 2 free printables to make the butterfly wings and/dragonfly wings. #DragonflyWingsTemplate #DragonflyWingsDIY #ButterflyWings #ACraftyMix #DIYDragonfltWings #AlcoholInkCrafts #AlcoholInk #CraftTutorial

This beauty is a combination of red, yellow and purple alcohol ink.

Rusty nails have never looked more beautiful with these translucent butterfly wings. Full tutorial includes 2 free printables to make the butterfly wings and/dragonfly wings. #DragonflyWingsTemplate  #DragonflyWingsDIY #ButterflyWings #ACraftyMix #DIYDragonfltWings #AlcoholInkCrafts #AlcoholInk #CraftTutorial

And this one has drops of purple and blue.

Rusty nails have never looked more beautiful with these translucent butterfly wings. Full tutorial includes 2 free printables to make the butterfly wings and/dragonfly wings. #DragonflyWingsTemplate  #DragonflyWingsDIY #ButterflyWings #ACraftyMix #DIYDragonfltWings #AlcoholInkCrafts #AlcoholInk #CraftTutorial

My Mom made this gorgeous multi-colored one. She was hesitant at first to make one. She had a stroke a few years back and lost all faith in her crafting abilities. I think it’s stunning and my personal favorite for so many reasons. (I love you Mommy, you’re my hero).

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What do you think? Is it something you would make

If you like the idea of making translucent dragonfly wings and repurposing a rusty nail, then don’t forget to pin it for later.

A rusty nail has never looked more gorgeous with these translucent dragonfly wings. Full tutorial includes 2 free printables to make dragonfly and butterfly wings. #DragonflyWingsTemplate #DragonflyWingsDIY #ButterflyWings #ACraftyMix #DIYDragonflyWings #AlcoholInkCrafts #AlcoholInk #CraftTutorial

And if butterflies are more your style then this pin is for you 😉

Rusty nails have never looked more beautiful with these translucent butterfly wings. Full tutorial includes 2 free printables to make the butterfly wings and/dragonfly wings. #DragonflyWingsTempalte #DragonflyWingsDIY #ButterflyWings #ACraftyMix #DIYDragonflyWings #AlcoholInkCrafts #AlcoholInk #CraftTutorial

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And as always, wishing you a wonderful, crafty week filled with lots of love. Thank you for popping in for a visit.

Made with love by a Crafty Mix

Categories:   Craft Tutorials, Home Decor Crafts, Quick & Easy Crafts, Trash to Treasure, Wire Crafts

Comments

  • Posted: March 28, 2020 20:55

    Marie

    Goodness gracious, Michelle, these are absolutely beautiful! And like all your amazing creative ideas, they look so much harder to make than they actually are. I could see these gorgeous dragonflies hanging from a tree branch in a window!
    • Posted: March 29, 2020 05:49

      acraftymix

      That would look sooooo pretty when the sun catches it Marie 😃
  • Posted: March 28, 2020 20:06

    Cathy

    The dragon fly and as my kids called them) the flutter-bys are gorgeous. I bet you could cut the shape out of plastic water/soda bottles. Would you still be able to use the inks on plastic?? Then you could mount them on long wire and place in a flower pot. Maybe glue an earring back on and place on the screen door so the dogs know when the screen is closed. Just a thought!!
    • Posted: March 29, 2020 05:48

      acraftymix

      Putting the alcohol inks in plastic bottles will totally work Cathy and it would make them really strong too. If you still want to use the cling film for that fine membrane effect, them you could glue it onto the bottle with clear glue or mod podge. Great idea
      • Posted: March 31, 2020 16:41

        Anonymous

        Thanks
  • Posted: March 27, 2020 16:48

    Claire

    These are so clever and gorgeous. They would look great dotted around the garden and in pots. I love them
    • Posted: March 28, 2020 08:31

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much, Claire. They do add the most amazing pops of color when the sun catches them
  • Posted: March 24, 2020 21:32

    Sam- Raggedy Bits

    Oh, my hat Michelle!! Your Dragonfly and Butterflies are just stunning!! Such a fabulous idea and love the idea of using a nail for their bodies. You are one clever lil chicken!
  • Posted: March 23, 2020 16:13

    Michelle

    These are absolutely beautiful!!!
  • Posted: March 19, 2020 15:40

    Linda Johnston

    This is an amazing project! I sent the link to my artist relatives.
  • Posted: March 18, 2020 23:25

    Kim

    Michelle, your art is absolutely stunning. You take crafts and DIY to a higher level and I'm always, always inspired. Also, I read your comment on my site. I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. I know how hard this must be and I've been thinking of you and your mom...keeping you both in my prayers...Hugs my friend.
    • Posted: March 20, 2020 06:22

      acraftymix

      😍 Thank you for your kind words, Kim. My Mom is a tough, beautiful lady and we're just taking each day at a time and making the most of them.
  • Posted: March 16, 2020 22:00

    Anita holland

    Me again, I am doing a project at the moment that this technique would be perfect for but it is an outdoor project. Any recommendations on how to make these to last outside in the weather, many sun?
    • Posted: March 17, 2020 06:03

      acraftymix

      Mmmmm interesting question Anita. The sun does make the wings curl up, but I would try painting on a thin layer of clear gloss varnish or resin.
  • Posted: March 16, 2020 17:14

    Sherry

    Wow! This is amazing and beautiful!
  • Posted: March 16, 2020 15:46

    Meegan

    Absolutely stunning, Michelle! very impressive and I think even I could do it. Thanks so much for sharing, my friend.
    • Posted: March 17, 2020 06:04

      acraftymix

      You're most welcome Meegan 😘
  • Posted: March 16, 2020 12:21

    Deana Landers

    Michelle, I love your crafts, but this is my favorite. I also have some alcohol ink and I love working with it. thank you for this project.
    • Posted: March 16, 2020 13:30

      acraftymix

      You're most welcome Deana. This is another one that your grandbabies will love doing with you 💞
  • Posted: March 16, 2020 12:20

    ROBIN LAMONTE

    Michelle, These dragonflies and butterflies are absolutely beautiful! Another pin-worthy DIY project! Hugs, Robin
    • Posted: March 16, 2020 13:31

      acraftymix

      Awwww Robin, thank you so much 😊
  • Posted: March 16, 2020 11:11

    Susan

    Michelle I love this beautiful project! My favorite part is the rusty nail!!
    • Posted: March 16, 2020 11:13

      acraftymix

      And I bet you have a whole bunch of them at home too 😃
  • Posted: March 16, 2020 09:05

    Anita holland

    Wow, Michelle these are stunning. I have honestly never seen this before, but I will be having a go. So watch this space 🤣 pinned
    • Posted: March 16, 2020 10:44

      acraftymix

      😉 I'll be watching my friend. I bet you'll take them to a whole new level

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