Dragonfly Earrings (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg.

Dragonfly Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

These pretty dragonflies make charming, lightweight earrings.

Dragonfly Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

I found the dragonflies in the floral aisle of a local dollar store.

Dragonfly Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

I knew immediately that they needed to become earrings! πŸ™‚

Dragonfly Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Supplies:

  • A pair of earwires.
  • Chain nose pliers.
  • Flat nose pliers.
  • Wire cutter.
  • Sharpie marker – for marking your pliers.
  • A pair of dragonflies with embedded wires. They’re made to decorate floral arrangements or potted plants.
    My dragonflies measure 55mm (2.16″) from nose to tail, with a wingspan of 60mm (2.36″).
    They may be a seasonal item, available mainly in Spring and Summer.
    I found mine in the floral aisle of a local Dollar Tree store.
    Also look for these dragonflies in these places:

    • The floral department of craft stores
    • Florist shops
    • Plant nurseries
    • Greenhouses
    • Farmers’ markets
    • Yard/garden department of home improvement stores
    • You may also find something similar in store aisles carrying little girls’ hair barrettes, headbands, ponytail elastics, etc.

    And if your search doesn’t turn up any dragonflies, you might find butterflies or other lovely creatures to turn into earrings.

    Also – in case you can’t find pre-made dragonflies, I’m sharing tips below on how to create your own for this earring project.

Tips for Making Your Own Dragonflies:

Dragonfly Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Note: Since I purchased my dragonflies for this project, I have not made any of them. So I don’t have any photos of how to create them.

The tips in this section are simply what I would do if I were to create this type of dragonflies for earrings. πŸ™‚

Here’s what I would do to make dragonflies similar to the ones I purchased.

Polymer clay would be an excellent, lightweight material for making the dragonfly bodies.

You could use colored clay or add colorful paint on white clay.

Glittery powders or iridescent finishes would be a nice touch.

And instead of embedding a straight wire that runs downward to the tail (which is how my dragonflies are), I would simply embed a wire through the top of the dragonfly’s head, with a loop sticking out of the top of the head.

You could use my Make a Plain Wire Loop (Video Tutorial) to make your wire loop component.

To make wings similar to the ones on my dragonflies, you could run two parallel wires through the widest part of the body, and attach translucent fabric wings to the wires.

A sprinkle of glitter or shimmer would make the wings magical.

Now here’s how to make the earrings.

How to Make Dragonfly Earrings:

First, purchase or make your dragonflies.

Here’s what I bought:

Packaged dragonflies for Dragonfly Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Next, we’ll need a wire loop above each dragonfly’s’ head, so we can hang them onto earwires.

My dragonflies came with a long wire protruding from the stomach, but it runs downward to the tail:

Embedded wire for Dragonfly Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

So if your dragonflies have wires pointing downward (like mine), we’ll need to make those wires point upward instead.

Here’s how to do that.

With the tips of your chain nose pliers, grasp the wire right next where it comes out from the dragonfly’s stomach:

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Very gently and slowly, bend the wire upward – so that the wire runs upward beyond the head:

Bending wire for Dragonfly Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your wire should look like this:

Bending wire for Dragonfly Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Next we’ll make a wire loop, just above the dragonfly’s head.

We’ll want both dragonflies’ wire loops to be the same size.

So use a Sharpie marker to draw a line about halfway down one jaw of your round nose pliers:

Marking pliers for Dragonfly Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use the tips of your round nose pliers to grasp the wire, just above the head:

Making the wire loop for Dragonfly Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . and bend the wire stem over your pliers, making an angle that’s slightly wider than a 90-degree angle:

Making the wire loop for Dragonfly Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your wire should look like this:

Making the wire loop for Dragonfly Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use your round nose pliers to grasp the wire tail, right at the beginning of the bend you just made.

Your wire should be resting on the Sharpie mark you drew on your pliers:

Making the wire loop for Dragonfly Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Wrap the wire tail around one jaw of your pliers in a complete loop:

Making the wire loop for Dragonfly Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your wire should look like this:

Making the wire loop for Dragonfly Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now use your wire cutter to trim off the remaining wire tail:

Making the wire loop for Dragonfly Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your wire should look like this:

Making the wire loop for Dragonfly Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

(Normally I would have made a wrapped wire loop for extra security, but this wire was very hard and would not have wrapped very well.)

Now you can use your flat nose and chain nose pliers to straighten and fully close the plain wire loop you just made:

Making the wire loop for Dragonfly Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now make a wire loop at the top of the other dragonfly’s head, similar to how you made the first one:

Finished wire loops for Dragonfly Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now get out your earwires:

Earwires for Dragonfly Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use your flat nose and chain nose pliers to twist open the earwires’ loops:

Finishing Dragonfly Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now on each earwire, hang one dragonfly; then use your flat nose and chain nose pliers to twist the earwires’ loops shut again.

Your finished dragonfly earrings may look something like this:

Finished Dragonfly Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Dragonfly Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Dragonfly Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Dragonfly Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

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Comments

  1. Sue Shade says:

    These are really cute! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Super cute. I love dragonflies. I need to go to Dollar Tree asap! πŸ™‚

  3. Shirley says:

    Wow, a great idea! I was prepared to make it from scratch, but this is easier.

  4. Cool, Rena! Inspirational idea using unexpected materials!

  5. I love the wire loops! Did you make the loops or buy them. If you have a tutorial on making these, I would love to see it. Thanks for all your help!

  6. Marilyn, thanks for asking! If you’re asking about the earwires attached to the dragonfly, you can see the tutorial for the earwires I used here.

    Or if you’re asking about the wires embedded inside the dragonflies – the dragonflies were manufactured with the embedded wires, because they were made to decorate floral arrangements or potted plants. I just made a loop at the end of their pre-embedded wire.

    Since I purchased manufactured dragonflies for this project, I have not made any dragonfiles of my own. But I did include a section above on “Tips for Making Your Own Dragonflies” – if you’d like to try creating your own. In that section you’ll also see a tip for creating your own wire loop to embed in the dragonfly you create.

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