Heart dragonfly paper craftDLTK's Crafts for Kids
Heart Dragonfly Paper Craft

Contributed by Leanne Guenther

An easy dragonfly paper craft that children can create using the template provided or with their own construction paper or scrapbooking paper hearts.

Read a bit about DLTK's Grow With Me Craft Concept to get some ideas on how this basic craft idea can be used with different materials to make it appropriate for everyone from ages 2 thru 82!

Tip 1:  Include the message "You make my heart flutter!"

Tip 2:  Glue the heart animal paper craft to the front of a folded over piece of construction paper or a doily to make a cute Valentine's Day card.

Tip 3:  Purchase fancy paper from the scrapbooking store and print the B&W version onto this for an extra fancy Heart Animal.

Tip 4:  Scotch tape a straw or popsicle stick to the bottom to make a dragonfly puppet.

Tip 5:  Glue a small piece of sandpaper on the back to make a felt board character

Tip 6:  Cut construction paper into 4 inch wide strips as long as you can make them.  Tape two together to make even longer.  Measure around child's head to make a construction paper 'crown'.  Glue Heart Animal to front of the crown to make a Valentine's Day hat.



step by step craft instructionsEach of the 4 rows of the template is one wing (there are 4 wings).  To assemble the wing, glue the hearts in a row in the pattern small, medium, large, medium, small.

step by step craft instructionsRepeat for all 4 wings and then arrange them two on each side.

step by step craft instructionsTo make the body, stack the remaining small hearts one on top of another and glue together.

step by step craft instructionsGlue the heart with the face onto the top of the body so it's right side up.


Option for mass-producing - young children:  Print out the B&W template.  Trace the pieces onto stiff cardboard (back of paper pads works well) or margarine/ice cream container lids.  Cut out to make permanent templates.   Allow the children to trace these permanent templates onto different colors of construction paper to make their animal

Option for mass-producing - older children:  Omit the templates.  Let the children cut out heart shapes in various sizes from colored construction paper (show them how to fold paper in half and then cut to make a perfectly symmetrical heart).  Let the children create their own animals by putting together hearts of different sizes (you can pre-make a few example animals to give them some inspiration).

Craft Templates:

Heart Dragonfly template    (color)   or    (B&W)


Printable version of these instructions