Styrofoam is a versatile material that comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. Blocks, spheres and cubes of styrofoam can be used to construct models and sculptures, and they can be used to construct kids' crafts. For example, you can create a styrofoam dragon by finding the right combination of spheres, blocks and other shapes cut from styrofoam. Try your hand at making creatures out of styrofoam and add construction paper details and paint to make your sculptures come to life.
Select a styrofoam ball for your dragon's head. The ball should be about three inches in diameter.
Cut a 2-inch styrofoam ball in half with a knife. Using a hot-glue gun, attach one of the halves to the 3-inch styrofoam ball. Apply the hot glue to the cut surface of the ball and press it onto the 3-inch ball to form the dragon's snout.
Cut out 1-inch triangles from a piece of green construction paper to use as the dragon's spikes. Cut out twice as many triangles as the desired number of spikes. Squirt a dot of glue into the centre of half of the triangles then press a toothpick into the glue. Lay a second triangle on top of the first, sandwiching the toothpick in between, and press down firmly.
Round the corners of a rectangular styrofoam block by either shaving them with a knife or by rubbing them with sandpaper. The ideal size for the styrofoam rectangle is about 8-by-3 inches.
Insert the toothpicks attached to the dragon's spikes into the styrofoam rectangle in a straight line down the centre. Keep two of the spikes separate and press them into the top of the 3-inch styrofoam ball as the dragon's ears. You may trim the triangles first to make them smaller, if you desire.
Form the dragon's legs by cutting eight equal-sized pieces from a 1-inch thick styrofoam block. Each piece should be about 3 inches long. Use a knife to slice off a corner from four of the pieces at an angle so that the top edge slopes down to a point. Using hot glue, attach the 4 angled pieces to the uncut pieces in pairs at right angles forming an L shape out of each pair.
Attach the dragon's legs to its body by sticking one end of a toothpick into the end of the uncut piece. Insert the other end of the toothpick into the body of the dragon, positioning two legs on either side of the front half of the body and two on either side of the back. The legs on the left side of the dragon's body should be positioned so they form an L shape, and the legs on the right side should be a mirror image.
Attach the dragon's head by inserting a toothpick into the top of the rectangular styrofoam block at an angle between the two front legs. Slide the dragon's head onto the toothpick.
Make the dragon's tail by carving a curved, pointed shape out of a 2-inch block of styrofoam. Draw the shape onto the styrofoam, then cut it out with a knife and attach it to the back side of the dragon's body with a toothpick.
Paint your dragon using acrylic craft paint and add extra details like a pair of wiggle eyes and coloured glitter to create a shimmering effect like scales. Cut a pair of wings out of construction paper and glue them to your dragon's back.
Things you need
- 3-inch styrofoam ball
- 2-inch styrofoam ball
- Hot-glue gun
- Green construction paper
- Craft glue
- 8-by-3-inch rectangular styrofoam block
- Sand paper (optional)
- 1-inch thick styrofoam block
- 2-inch thick styrofoam block
- Acrylic craft paint
- Wiggle eyes (optional)
- Glitter (optional)