How to Make a Homemade Paper Dragon

Updated March 23, 2017

The dragon is a popular Chinese character that symbolises good fortune. During the Chinese New Year, large paper dragons can be seen in parades throughout the country, carried around the streets by dozens of people. Making a smaller version of these paper dragons at home is a fun project to celebrate the mythical creatures, bring good luck to your year, or to simply make a new toy for your kids.

Draw the dragon parts onto a few sheets of Bristol board. Your dragon should have a head, at least one middle section and a tail. Draw multiple middle sections for a longer dragon.

Decorate your dragon with different coloured bits of construction paper. Cut strips of paper in varying thicknesses and glue them onto the paper dragon design. Do this to both sides of the Bristol board.

Add details to your dragon by using your markers or coloured pencils to colour in extra spaces. Draw eyes and a mouth on the head portion of your dragon. Add flames made of orange construction paper to the dragon's mouth for drama.

Cut your dragon out along the edges you drew on the Bristol board.

Beginning with the tail and the last middle section, glue the piece together, allowing about 1/2 inch overlap. Do this with all sections through to the head. Allow the glue to dry for about an hour.

Glue chopsticks onto each section of the dragon to use as handles. Allow 1/4 inch of the chopsticks to be glued to the paper for security.

Punch holes in the glued joints of the dragon and fasten them together with paper fasteners. This will allow some movement to occur between each portion of the dragon, simulating the large ones seen in parades.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Bristol board
  • Construction paper
  • Markers or coloured pencils
  • Hole punch
  • Paper fasteners
  • Glue
  • Chopsticks
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Tatyana Ivanov has been a freelance writer since 2008 and has contributed articles to "Venus" and "Columbus Family." She continues to write humor pieces for a number of popular culture blogs. Ivanov holds a Bachelor of Arts in media studies from Hunter College.