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DIY Beaded Dragonfly Ornament

If you have enjoyed my DIY beaded spiders, DIY beaded leaves, and DIY beaded crescent moons, I have a new beaded ornament tutorial to share:  how to make a DIY beaded dragonfly ornament.  Cricut gifted me a Cricut Maker 3 to make the wings and they turned out so perfectly!  Am I *technically* making these dragonflies for my Mom’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Christmas tree theme?  Yes.  But are they also super cute for spring and summer decor?  Definitely!

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Hang some of these beaded dragonflies in a window for some sparkle – or string them together to make a bedazzled garland for your mantel.  I’m going to add them to a beautifully full, faux flower wreath – until I have to hand them over to my Mom, that is… Here’s what you’ll need to make your own beaded dragonflies!

Cricut Dragonfly WingsCricut Ornament Project Idea

Beaded Dragonfly Supplies:

*A note on the beads: whatever you choose, make sure they can fit onto the 16 gauge wire.  I raided my craft stash and used up all kinds of odds and ends for these beaded dragonflies.  This would be a perfect project for re-purposing old jewelry!  If you’re shopping for new beads, lampwork beads (like these ones or these glow in the dark ones) are really fun for this.

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How to Make Acetate Wings with a Cricut Maker 3:

When I first envisioned making these beaded dragonflies, I considered using resin or beaded wire to make the wings – but then I realized that a Cricut cutting machine could help me cut very intricate and ethereal wings, with little to no effort!

Cricut Maker 3 Project Idea

I used Cricut Foil Acetate and my new Cricut Maker 3 to cut out the wings – using a ready-made dragonfly design from Cricut Design Space.  That means I didn’t need to design anything – I just sized the dragonfly image I wanted to use and clicked “make it“.  It’s basically “click and cut” – it could not have been easier!  Here’s the link to this project, all ready to go, if you’d like to try making your own DIY beaded dragonfly ornament!  I just used scissors to snip the body and head off because I only needed the wings from the design I chose.  I liked this dragonfly design specifically (there are many available), because there were holes in the body, so I could easily wrap the wings around a bead and string onto my wire.  Ready to make your own Cricut dragonfly wings?  First, peel the film from the acetate:

Cricut Acetate Project Idea

Place the acetate on a standard grip cutting (foil side up, if using Cricut’s foil acetate sheets).  Choose a dragonfly design and size to approximately 6″ wide (here’s the link).  Click “make it” and follow the prompts, choosing “Acetate” as the material.  Allow your Cricut cutting machine to work its magic!

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Gently peel off the design from the cutting mat – the cut pieces will pop right out.  Using scissors, snip off the head and tail – I marked the spot with arrows in the photo below.

Dragonfly Wings Using Cricut Maker 3

How to Make a DIY Beaded Dragonfly Ornament:

Basically, the body is just a line of beads on wire – embellished with a pair of Cricut wings!

DIY beaded dragonfly ornament

Cut 16 gauge wire to approximately 6″ long.  Using the pliers, form a little curlicue or loop at one end to keep the beads from sliding off.  Straighten the wire and slide on the beads, starting smallest to largest

Beaded Ornament IdeaCraft Project for Leftover Beads

When you reach the last bead before the head, thread on the Cricut acetate wings.  Then add the largest bead for the head.  Here is a close up so you can see how the Cricut dragonfly wings are attached:

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As the final step, trim the excess wire, and form a loop or curlicue to secure the beads.  You can also use this loop to hang the dragonfly, in a window or on a tree, or stitch through this loop to affix it to something (like garland, or a wreath).

DIY Beaded Dragonfly Ornament with Cricut WingsHow to Make a Beaded Dragonfly

Here’s the finished DIY beaded dragonfly ornament!  You can shape the wire a bit, bending the “tail” a little to soften the straightness and create an every so slightly more realistic bead dragonfly.

DIY Beaded Bug Ornament Idea

I love how the Cricut acetate flutters with the slightest breeze or movement – and the acetate really catches the light.  Thanks to my new Cricut Maker 3, these dragonflies take only a few minutes to make.

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12 Comments

  1. Lisa
    November 30, 2023 / 9:47 am

    This makes me want to go out & buy a cricket. Love this! Thank you for sharing.

    • November 30, 2023 / 3:35 pm

      I will say that I have had a lot of fun with my Cricut, and my husband and enjoyed using it too. We’ve used it for practical things (like letters on our boat mooring and boat), and we’ve made t-shirts together along with other Christmas ornaments. It’s been really versatile, although it is a big expensive at first. But there are so many ways to use it around the house, beyond crafts. I’m glad you liked this ornament idea! Thanks so much for your kind comment.

      • Danette M Long
        March 14, 2024 / 12:36 am

        Tanya,

        Thank you for the super cute craft tutorial! I plan to use this as a mother’s day art project for my students. I have a question about the acetate wings. I downloaded the file for my Circut from your link; however, it seems to be locked into a set of four wings set for a traditional 8.5 x 11 paper size.

        I am ordering 12 x 12 acetate sheets and need to make about a dozen of the wings. I would like to be able to put as many wings on a sheet as possible. Do you know how to ungroup the wing patterns? I tried to ungroup them, but could only duplicate, which does not fit on a 12 x 12. Is there a way to cut out some and just have one that I can duplicate? I am fairly new to Circut and have only ever cut paper for classroom door décor or bulletin board displays.

        Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

        • March 17, 2024 / 12:19 pm

          If you search #M883F60B in Images (in Cricut Design Space), you’ll find the single image, unsized and ungrouped. You can then add that to your canvas and size/orient any way you’d like!

  2. Lill
    December 13, 2023 / 12:10 am

    It’s a cute project. So I made one but don’t have a Cricut. what to do.. I made them out of tiny beads and wrapped them around in place
    I’ll have to play around with it. Gave it a shot. Thanks

    • December 13, 2023 / 10:40 am

      I love that idea! You could even try maybe gluing a sheer fabric around a wing shaped from wire. Or using an exacto knife to cut this kind of material – but in a simpler shape. Lots of options! Happy crafting and I’d love to see what you make.

  3. Kathy Cooper
    January 4, 2024 / 8:12 am

    Love this idea. I don’t have a circuit cutting machine. I like the idea of making these wings with sheer material. I made Barbie leg “A Christmas Story” leg lamp. I have sheer material so I will be able to do that.
    Great idea and fantastic directions. Thank you for sharing.

    • January 4, 2024 / 12:46 pm

      Hi Kathy, I’d love to see your wings made with sheer material when you’re finished! Such a great alternative 🙂

  4. Gina
    January 10, 2024 / 4:36 pm

    I love these Dragonflies ordering the things right away! Thank you for sharing. I was wondering where you got the little heart bead dishes?

    • January 11, 2024 / 4:19 pm

      I’m so happy you feel inspired to make them! The heart shaped dishes are egg cups. I thrifted them, but they are by a company called Iittala and you can find them on etsy sometimes.

  5. Barbara
    February 16, 2024 / 11:36 am

    Hi thank you for the instructions. I noticed you mentioned Cricut clear acetate sheets that you used and then you mention you used Cricut foil acetate sheets. For the pictures of the dragonflies what did you use?

    • February 16, 2024 / 9:16 pm

      I used foil acetate sheets – they have little sparkly bits and that’s the big difference. But I believe Cricut no longer sells them, so I also suggest the clear ones in my post as that is what was more readily available at time of writing. They will still flutter and be exactly the same, with the same cut settings, the only difference is that decorative sparkly bit,

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