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How to make a chinese new year dragon head

Updated April 17, 2017

Dragons play a large role in Chinese New Year celebrations, where the mythical animals are featured in parades, on kites and in dances. While dragons are generally thought to be evil in Western culture, Chinese tradition holds them to be friendly, helpful creatures that bring good luck, a long life and wisdom. In the past, the Chinese worshipped dragons by burning incense and praying to them in special pagodas. Make your own Chinese New Year dragon head out of inexpensive materials in about an hour.

Cover medium-sized box with red paper to form the dragon's head.

Cover small box with red paper. Attach to front of medium box with glue to form the dragon's snout.

Decorate head with eyes, beard, teeth and horns cut out of different colours of construction paper.

Add feathers, yarn and streamers to the back of the head to form a tail.

Cut small slits in eyes so that the person who wears the head can see out. Your dragon head is now ready to ring in the New Year.

Things You'll Need

  • Medium-sized cardboard box
  • Small cardboard box
  • Shiny red paper
  • Construction paper in yellow, green, white and blue
  • Feathers
  • Yarn
  • Streamers
  • Glue
  • Scissors
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About the Author

Matthew Huntington has been writing travel articles since 2002. His pieces have appeared in "National Geographic Traveler," "American Way" and "The Miami Herald." Huntington speaks fluent Spanish and has lived in many parts of Latin America, including Ecuador, Guatemala and Puerto Rico. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in European studies from Brigham Young University.