How to make a Welsh dragon mask

Updated February 21, 2017

There are many types of dragons throughout history and myth, and the Welsh dragon is one of the most widely showcased. The Welsh dragon is featured on the flag of Wales, and characterised by the romantic vision of a red, fiery elegant beast that would be challenged by a knight on his steed. To capture this image, make a mask that resembles a Welsh dragon, which can be worn for Halloween or used in a theatrical production.

Inflate a large and a small balloon, and tie the ends tightly. Attach the small balloon to the larger one using duct tape.

Crumple up newspaper into two small cones. Attach the cones onto the larger balloon using duct tape. These will be the Welsh dragon's horns.

Crumple up newspaper into two tiny cones. Hold the balloon structure so that the horns are pointing upward, and attach the tiny cones underneath the smaller balloon. These will be the Welsh dragon's teeth.

Heat a mixture of 480 ml (2 cups) of water and 960 ml (4 cups) of flour in a pot until it bubbles, then remove it from the heat.

Dip the newspaper pieces into the flour mixture and cover the entire balloon structure with about six layers of newspaper pieces. Let the structure dry completely, which can take up to eight hours.

Use scissors to cut out a hole for your head from the bottom of the dragon head. Pop the balloons inside using a pin, and remove the popped balloon pieces.

Paint the outside of the Welsh dragon in its traditional red colour using acrylic paint, and allow it to dry completely before wearing the mask.

Things You'll Need

  • Large balloon
  • Small balloon
  • Newspaper, torn or cut into pieces around 5 cm (2 inches) by 18 cm (7 inches)
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Pot
  • Scissors
  • Pin
  • Red acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
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