Junk Dragonfly Yard Art

July 7, 2016Allison Murray
Flea market finds are turned into the cutest junk dragonfly yard art! I want to make a dozen for my fence!

Flea market finds are turned into the cutest junk dragonfly yard art! I want to make a dozen for my fence!

So I’ve been making all sorts of stuff for my Momma to put in her backyard. She, like me, loves colorful things so I have been taking the color on full hilt! I guess it was 3 or 4 years ago now that we saw at the Dog Days Flea Market in Sulphur, OK some dragonflies made out of, for lack of a better word, junk. I always loved those and so did my mom.

For ages I kept my eyes peeled for old fan blades but I never, ever found any. And then we went to the Habitat for Humanity Restore in McAllen and they had TONS of them. They wanted $2 apiece, which seemed high, but since Rob was paying and he didn’t mind  so we walked out with them.

Flea market finds are turned into the cutest junk dragonfly yard art! I want to make a dozen for my fence!

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Now when I got home I painted these a bazillion different colors in a bazillion different ways until I was FINALLY happy with the results. In the end it was totally worth it and I just gave it to my mom and I think she likes it pretty well!

Flea market finds are turned into the cutest junk dragonfly yard art! I want to make a dozen for my fence!

Now most of the dragonflies I have seen the blades connect right to the body but I really like the decorative things on the fan blades. So Rob and I dug through the blades that still had those connector jobbies until we found one thin set of thin and skinny and one that looked full, like a dragonfly.

I took them home and spray primed up the business on both sides and allowed it to dry!

Flea market finds are turned into the cutest junk dragonfly yard art! I want to make a dozen for my fence!

A base coat of spray paint was sprayed onto both sides of the blades and allowed to dry.

Flea market finds are turned into the cutest junk dragonfly yard art! I want to make a dozen for my fence!

Using various shades of blues and greens paint around the center of the blades to form a more “wing-like” appearance, if that’s even possible ! :)

Flea market finds are turned into the cutest junk dragonfly yard art! I want to make a dozen for my fence!

As you paint around and around you get this fun, funky and kind of vintage looking paint job that is perfect for wings!

Flea market finds are turned into the cutest junk dragonfly yard art! I want to make a dozen for my fence!

My table leg got a base coat of red paint and was allowed to dry.

Flea market finds are turned into the cutest junk dragonfly yard art! I want to make a dozen for my fence!

That was followed up with a coat of pink paint brushed on with a chip brush for a distressed look. Another coat of red and pink with a chip brush and this sucker was done!

Flea market finds are turned into the cutest junk dragonfly yard art! I want to make a dozen for my fence!

The connectors were painted to match the body.

Flea market finds are turned into the cutest junk dragonfly yard art! I want to make a dozen for my fence!

Brackets and blades put back together these suckers were ready to meet their other half!

Flea market finds are turned into the cutest junk dragonfly yard art! I want to make a dozen for my fence!

Pre drill holes into the body where you want your blades to go. #10 screws fit perfectly in the brackets for me and I’m  betting that is probably universal.

A large sawtooth hanger on the back and this guy is fence ready!

Flea market finds are turned into the cutest junk dragonfly yard art! I want to make a dozen for my fence!

Comments (5)

  • Sheri Pavlovic

    July 10, 2016 at 7:14 AM

    Honestly amazing!

  • Carolyn Noyer

    July 12, 2016 at 4:36 PM

    I’m surprised you didn’t put the “wings” on an angle. I’d planned a different project for my fan blades, but this looks cute

    1. Allison Murray

      July 13, 2016 at 9:09 AM

      Since I wanted to use the brackets that came on the fan blades I had a limited amount of space on the table leg to attach. I had second thoughts about keeping the brackets but I wanted this guy to be a bit different than others I had seen at the flea market so I made it work and that meant putting them on there pretty straight on. Glad you like it, though!

  • Ginger

    July 12, 2016 at 4:40 PM

    He needs a head with sparkling eyes. I recommend a big wooden screw on ball, like the ones on big curtain rod. I’m gonna make one thank you thank you✌?️

    1. Allison Murray

      July 13, 2016 at 9:08 AM

      My dad thinks he needs a head, too. Looks like this guy is going to get an addition soon :)

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