How to Make Copper Garden Ornaments

Written by katherine kally
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Copper garden ornaments add visual impact to your garden, whether they are bright and shiny or have an aged, green patina. Make your own copper garden ornaments with a roll of thin copper foil and a little creativity. Hang copper dragonflies from an ornamental tree or make a stand of copper flowers to accent your flower bed. If you have a template, you can cut any shape from the copper foil and create garden ornaments to suit your style.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Dragonfly template
  • Pen
  • Copper foil
  • Sharp shears
  • Acrylic paint
  • Artist's brush
  • Polyurethane spray
  • Flat-backed glass stones
  • Waterproof adhesive
  • Drill
  • 1/8-inch drill bit
  • 24-gauge copper wire
  • Fishing line

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  1. 1

    Select a dragonfly template from a colouring book, online or your craft store. Cut out the outline of the dragonfly and trace it onto the copper foil. Cut out the dragonfly shape from the copper foil.

  2. 2

    Mark the vein lines for the dragonfly wings onto the copper with a pen. Fill in between the lines with different colours of acrylic paint. Paint the dragonfly body one colour. Allow the paint to dry.

  3. 3

    Spray a protective coating of polyurethane over the painted surface of the copper. Allow the polyurethane to dry.

  4. 4

    Glue colourful, flat-backed stones on the dragonfly's wings. You only need a few stones to add dimension to your garden ornament. Keep the wings symmetrical, place the stones in the same spots on both wings. Clear, waterproof construction adhesive will work to secure the stones to the copper. Allow the glue to dry.

  5. 5

    Drill two 1/8-inch holes in the centre of the dragonfly's head, close to the end. These holes are for the antennae; make them no more than 1/4 inch apart. Drill two more 1/8-inch holes in the centre of the dragonfly's body. These are for hanging your dragonfly ornament in your garden. You can also use them to attach the dragonfly to a garden stake. Place the holes vertically, 1/4 inch apart.

  6. 6

    Cut a 3- to 4-inch section of 24-gauge copper wire. Make a curved bend in the centre of the wire to form a U shape. Insert each end through the holes in the dragonfly's head, from the underside of the copper. Bend the wires as they exit the dragonfly to keep them from sliding out. These are the dragonfly's antennae, so feel free to make the wire into a spiral or bend it as you like.

  7. 7

    Cut a length of fishing line, double the desired hanging distance of your dragonfly. Thread each end of the fishing line through the centre holes on the dragonfly's body. Pull the line so that the ends are even. Tie the line over a tree branch to hang your garden ornament.

Tips and warnings

  • Attach the dragonfly to a garden stake with 24-gauge craft wire through the centre body holes. Make a garden stake from soft copper tubing.

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