Chinese Paper Dragon

Chinese dragons!? Hooray! This was one of those projects where I had just barely showed Maddie how to begin, and she took off! She had all sorts of ideas about what a dragon should look like....

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    We needed a couple of pieces of paper, Madeleine had definite ideas about how big her dragon should be!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    She folded her paper in half length-wise, then cut it. She glued one to the end of the other, making it extra long. She did the same with another color. and we had one more of each color ready to add on to the others. One got glued on top of the other, at an angle.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    It might seem complicated, but this process is really quite fun to create, and makes such a great effect! She just folded the bottom paper over the top, over and over again.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    After she added the extra lengths of paper (to the ends of this one) she had a fine dragon's body! You may not choose to make your dragon so large, and may not need to add as much paper as we did. You choose the size!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    Now for the decorating! We folded another paper in half length-wise; this would be the head and tail. Maddie cut out the shape she wanted for the head,

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Step 6

    and then drew and cut out the tail. She glued them on to the end pieces of the body.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

  • Step 7

    It was so fun see her to take off with this... "'I'm making teeth!" she exclaimed at one point when I asked her. The teeth had to point up, the eyes had to stand up off its head,

    Photo reference of how to complete step 7

  • Step 8

    the snout had to be shaped like this and have tiny nostrils.... And in go a couple of popsicle sticks, one near the head and tail so he might fly about...

    Photo reference of how to complete step 8

  • Done!

    She had a blast bringing her dragon to life, and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing her imagination in action. Hooray for creativity!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 9

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