In the fall, when you were a child, did you ever play helicopter launch? These particular seeds that are fun to see fall are actually called “samares” and come from the maple tree. So how about turning those “helicopters” into dragonflies? That’s good, that’s what we are going to offer you as an autumn activity to do with the children! You will see, this tutorial is very simple and does not require a lot of material.
The necessary equipment :
- maple seeds
- A few small thin branches
- Multi-colored paint
- A glue gun
The instructions :
1. Start with protect your table or worktop with a sheet of newspaper or parchment paper for example. This support will also allow the dragonflies to dry afterwards. Then lay out your seeds in front of you and start painting them. There is no right or wrong color! You can paint as simple or as elaborate as you want. Once the first side is dry, you can flip the seed over and paint the other side. Depending on what you plan to use it for, it may not be necessary to paint the underside. Let dry the necessary time.
2. Once everything is dry, choose two samaras that you want to combine according to their colors. If your seeds are broken in half, don’t worry: just glue the two seeds together to form a pair of wings again. Then put a dot of glue in the center of one of the two seeds and stick it lightly on the other so as to form the wings of a dragonfly.
3. Next, cut your thin branches into small pieces to create the body of your dragonflies. Stick one in the center of your wings to see your dragonfly appear. If you wish, you can also paint the branches.
4. Your dragonfly is now complete! You can do many more and transform them as you wish. For example, glue a wire to the sticks and place them in your indoor plants, tie a piece of fishing line to them and hang them at different heights from the ceiling to make them look like they are flying.