How to Make a Dragon From an Egg Carton

Updated February 21, 2017

Paper egg cartons provide endless craft possibilities. A particularly fun craft is to create a dragon using the paper cups that make up the carton. If you know the correct technique to assemble the dragon you can paint it using any colours or patterns that you wish.

Cut out each individual cup from a paper egg carton with a pair of scissors. Each cup acts as a piece of the dragon's body, so use as many as you'd like in the craft. The dragon's head will need a cup of its own.

Paint the outside of each individual cup with a solid coat of acrylic paint in the colour of your choice. This will be the main colour of your dragon. Allow the paint to dry.

Paint sideways U-shaped scales over the cups in a different colour that stands out brightly against the original colour. For example, a green dragon looks great with yellow or lime green scale outlines. Allow to dry.

Take aside one cup to use for the dragon's head and cut it in half lengthwise. Line the cup halves up together and slightly angle the bottom of the cup to create a jaw effect. Secure the cup halves in position with glue and allow the glue to dry.

Glue the head to the top of another one of the decorated cups. Glue a wiggle craft eye on each side of the head.

Create a hole with a single hole punch on the back of the cup attached to the head. Punch two holes in all the other body cups on opposite sides of each other. For the last cup, only punch one hole.

Push a long pipe cleaner through the holes to connect the cups while still allowing the body to twist as you wish. Twist the end of the pipe cleaner into an L shape inside the last cup and glue to the side to secure. Do the same thing on the other end, inside of the cup that is attached to the head.

Bend another pipe cleaner in the colour of your choice into sharp zigzags. Glue the zigzag line down the back of the dragon to act as the spikes. Allow to dry.


Dust the wet painted cups with glitter as they dry for extra sparkle.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper egg carton
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Acrylic paint in colours of your choice
  • Paintbrushes
  • Single hole punch
  • Pipe cleaners in colour of choice (2 long)
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