How to Make a Dragon Boat Decoration

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How to Make a Dragon Boat Decoration
Mythical Chinese dragons symbolise strength and excellence. (Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Dragons, which symbolise strength, power and excellence, date back thousands of years in Chinese culture. To celebrate these mythical creatures, the Chinese developed dragon boating, which eventually became a traditional ritual during summer festivals. Nowadays, dragon boating is considered a competitive global sport. A typical crew is composed of about 20 paddlers, led by a drummer, who synchronises the motion of the rowers. Learn the ancient history and inspiration behind these boats by crafting this simple children's toy.

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Things you need

  • Pencil
  • Coloured card stock
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Hole punch
  • Curling ribbon
  • Feathers
  • Glue
  • Brad
  • Craft stick

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  1. 1

    Draw a long boat on a piece of card stock. A typical dragon boat resembles a canoe. Cut out.

  2. 2

    Draw the face of a dragon on another piece of card stock. Include bulging eyes, flaring nostrils and a wide open mouth. Cut out

  3. 3

    Decorate the boat to look like a dragon body and tail. Create scales with markers and glitter. Colour in the face of the dragon with markers and glitter.

  4. 4

    Create steam coming from the dragon's nose. Poke two holes in the nostrils. Insert a short piece of ribbon through the holes and curl the ends.

  5. 5

    Glue feathers to the tail of the boat as well as the head of the dragon.

  6. 6

    Poke a hole in the dragon head and at one end of the boat. Align the head hole over the boat hole and attach, using a brad. The head should still be able to move. Glue a craft stick behind the body of the boat to hold the decoration.

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