I made these painted wooden garden markers with my daughter, which is a variation of a set that I made for my friend last year.
We used paint stir sticks this time - which are great because they are free from the hardware store!
I painted a bubble of lighter color around the penciled words...nothing to precise:
And then stenciled in the darker letters over the lighter color...
Also painted a little picture of the plant, and drilled a hole in the top to attach the dragonflies!
They are made from 20 gauge copper wire and the cheapest little assortment of colored beads I could find.
Make two loops near the middle of the length, each about 1.5" long - making sure they cross each other.
Make two smaller loops crossing and overlapping the larger loops. These are the dragonfly's wings.
Thread a bead onto one of the long tails, and loop it over the top/middle of the wings - situating the bead on top. You can wrap the long tail around the middle once or twice if you want.
String 4-6 beads onto both of the tails hanging down, pushing them all the way up to meet the wings.
Loop one of the lengths of wire through the last bead, to secure them all tightly to the top - as shown below:
Secure the dragonfly to the garden marker through the hole you drilled, twisting the remaining cord around the body of the dragonfly to hold it upright.
I also sprayed mine with a few clear coats of polyurethane, to help protect them from the elements.
They end up being charming additions to the garden, and the dragonflies add extra color and whimsy that I really like.
For us, there is nothing like eating fresh food from the garden :)