So, I’m tired. Really tired. It’s been a long week. A good week, but a long, busy one. Today’s the first day of summer for our family as my daughter finished up her school year last night with her school’s program and production of “Bugz,” a musical about a group of insects on their way to a picnic. So this is what I spent most of the week doing….
So…yeah…I’ve been busy. Sandwich these things between school runs, practices, dental appointments and a little thing like three other children, and somehow the week just flew by. And wore me out.
It was fun though! The program was just precious. The kids did a great job, and my little dragonfly was wonderful.
The cake turned out pretty well, too, I think. Even though it had a little trouble during delivery, and what you don’t see in the photo is the fork that is propping up that basket from behind. I had to reassemble it when I arrived and put the little ants back in place, but surprisingly (or, rather, miraculously) I didn’t panic or get upset. No time for that this week.
I thought you might like to know how I made the dragonfly costume…just in case you ever need one. It was really simple and require NO SEWING, and here’s the way I did it:
- Scour the internet for ideas. Pinterest is a big help. (Follow me there…I pin craft ideas, recipes and more! What can I say…I hoard ideas.)
- Go to good ole Wally World and find fabric. Or, if you’re lucky to live near one, try a real fabric store. But, Wally World worked for me.
- Find a shimmery fabric for the “eyes,” a shimmery fabric that is sort-of see-through for the wings and tail, and a different color tulle for the tail as well. You’ll also need a headband, some hot glue and a glue gun, one Styrofoam ball that you can cut in half, some skinny little satin ribbon in a coordinating color and a wider ribbon for the wings. Oh, and elastic!
- Take four coat hangers and shape to form the wings. Glue the shimmery fabric to one side of each wing and then glue ribbon around the edges. I just glued it to one side all the way around then came back around folding it over and gluing it to the other side.
- Take all four wings and arrange them the way you like then glue them together and wrap/glue ribbon around the place they’re connected.
- Now, take your other shimmery fabric and your tulle and layer them. Find something to stuff in them. (I used Wal-Mart bags.) Create each section by stuffing and wrapping then tying a bit of little ribbon to secure. At the ends, I just tied a ribbon then cut the fabric and folded it back into the little bubble…if that makes any sense.
- Secure the tail to the wings with ribbon and glue and whatever else works.
- Add two loops of elastic that are long enough to slip over the child’s arms like a backpack. I just glued them and wrapped ribbon and glued until they were secure. (I did this at the same place that the wings attached.)
- To make the “eyes,” I cut a Styrofoam ball in half and stretched the shimmery fabric over it, gluing it down as I went. I covered a headband with ribbon then glued the eyes to it.
- To complete the outfit, she wore silver leggings and blue top that had light blue sequins down the front.
I don’t know if those directions make any sense to you or not, but if you ever need a dragonfly costume, I hope they help!