Whether building a log cabin with only an axe and a collection of encyclopedias, or catching dinner with cardboard boxes propped up by bait carrots, there’s just something satisfying about doing it yourself. Today’s Groupon lets you scratch the DIY itch with a sparkly twist: $45 gets you $85 worth of jewelry or jewelry-making classes, camps, and parties from Dragonfly Designs.
Dragonfly Designs’ carcanet-crafting curriculum, taught by the company’s Fly Girls, offers courses and camps for all ages. The after-school jewelry-making classes for children will vault kids out of the yawn-inducing world of macaroni necklaces and into the more interesting realm of waxed Irish linen and wirework ($100 for five classes with materials included). Meanwhile, post-kids can run the glittering gamut from basic bead-stringing to advanced adventures in copper etching in the adult jewelry-making classes (materials included, $55–$110). For parents tired of sending kids off to camps only to see them return with poison ivy rashes and a satchel made of possum pelts, Dragonfly Designs’ jewelry-making camps, held throughout the year, immerse campers in crimping, finger-knitting, and metal-stamping, as well as yoga sessions and daily hikes ($295–$335 per week or $85 per day-camp session). And the jewelry-making parties let guests have their sterling silver–clasped cake and eat it, too, as the coruscating creations are taken home in party-favor pouches (party packages start at $300).
If artisanship or goldsmithing would be an albatross around your neck, this Groupon is also good toward Dragonfly Designs’ already existent jewelry ($21+), made by owner and artist Stacee Gillelen. Dragonfly Designs’ pieces are handmade and customizable. If purchasing jewelry, your Groupon can only be used at Dragonfly Designs' South San Francisco studio or the online store. You can specify in-store pick-up for no shipping charge, or have your order delivered for a $5 flat shipping fee, which your Groupon can be used toward (online orders over $100 always ship free).
Dragonfly Designs embraces social mindedness alongside its Swarovski crystal pearls, as a portion of each month’s earnings are donated to a nonprofit organization—February’s charity is CARE International, currently assisting relief efforts in Haiti.
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Parents Connect reviewers give Dragonfly Designs a perfect five stars:
- I enjoyed taking this class taught by Stacee. I've always loved bracelets and earrings and I have the basic knowledge of how to put those two things together. Stacee is very helpful and patient. – Mary
- My daughter attend [sic] a week at Dragonfly for summer camp. She had the time of her life. She made awesome jewerly [sic] and great friends. – nancy
- I have had two birthday parties for my daughters, ages 8 and 11, with Dragonfly Designs. Both my daughters and their guests were thrilled with the beautiful jewelry they made. Stacee and her crew could not be easier to work with -- pleasant, punctual, and great with kids. – Marcia