DIY Lifestyle Episode 4- A Dragonfly Made of Fan Blades & Table Leg

A DIY Lifestyle is a podcast series that demonstrates how to do a variety of different crafts and projects that you can do yourself. You can see tutorials from refinishing furniture, sewing projects, and even how to make yard art for your home.

For this podcast, I recorded my audio in Garageband, and then imported it into iMovie along with the photos for it.

This episode is a step-by-step demonstration on how to make a dragonfly using ceiling fan blades and a table leg.

Show Notes:

Supplies needed for this project:

  1. 4 ceiling fan blades
  2. 1 table leg
  3. Drill
  4. Screws/nails
  5. Paint
  6. Supplies to paint with
  7. Polyurethane for extra protection if it will be outdoors
  8. Wire for the antennas
  9. Wire cutter
  10. 2 sockets or something to use for the eyes such as small knobs
  11. Sandpaper, if you want to distress at all
  12. Glaze, if you want to add that look
  13. Hot glue

*The fan blades and sockets for the eyes I purchased at ReStore. They also have table legs. I’ve added the link to their site below to find one near you. They have great stuff!


  1. Remove the brackets from the fan blades and wipe them and the table leg clean with a damp cloth.
  2. Paint the wings and the body (the blades and the table leg) the color of your choice.
  3. Next, I distressed just the table leg with sandpaper to give it an antique look.
  4. Then I used glaze to add an even more antique look.
  5. For outdoor use, adding polyurethane will give some extra protection.
  6. Pre-drill the holes for the eyes, antennas and wings (not necessary, but it is helpful).
  7. Add the eyes.
  8. Add the blades. Try and place them an angles so it looks like the dragonfly is actually flying. Try and use long screws for this so the wings have as much support as possible.
  9. Cut 2 pieces of wire to the desired length and use hot glue to attach them to the head.
  10. Let dry and hang up wherever you’d like. If hanging on a wall, make sure you use the proper equipment, as it will be rather heavy when its all together.

Have fun!


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