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How to make a dragon head from construction paper

Updated February 21, 2017

In Chinese culture, the dragon is a symbol of good fortune and happiness. A dragon parade is an important part of every Chinese New Year that is said to bring good luck to everyone who watches. According to the book "Faces: People, Places, and Cultures," the Chinese dragon possesses characteristics of many other animals, including a deer's horns, a camel's head, a carp's scales, a snake's body and an eagle's claws. Creating a paper dragon head is a fun project that can teach children about Chinese culture.

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  1. Turn the cardboard box on its side so that the open top forms the dragon's mouth.

  2. Cover the the box with red construction paper by gluing it to the box's exterior.

  3. Draw a spiral line from the centre of two pieces of red construction paper outward. Cut along the line to form two long, curling spirals. Glue the spirals to the open top flaps of the cardboard box to form whiskers.

  4. Draw two forking, branchlike shapes on brown construction paper. Cut these out and glue them to the back corners of the box to form the dragon's horns.

  5. Cut gold ribbon into sections of varying length. Curl the pieces of ribbon on the edge of a pair of safety scissors. Glue them to the open bottom flap of the cardboard box to form streamers.

  6. Cut a styrofoam ball in half and glue the halves to the sides of the box to form eyes. Paint the eyes with craft paint.

  7. Tip

    Dragons that are used in a dragon parade are held aloft on sticks. The dragon's head is not designed to be worn as a mask. To use the dragon head in a dragon parade, attach cloth to the back of the dragon head to resemble a dragon's body. Have a student carry the head and allow the cloth to stream behind. If the cloth is very long, have more than one student carry the cloth body behind the head.

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Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard box
  • Red construction paper
  • Brown construction paper
  • Gold ribbon
  • Craft paint
  • Glue
  • Styrofoam ball
  • Pencil
  • Safety scissors

About the Author

Tracy Morris has been a freelance writer since 2000. She has published novels and numerous online articles. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers including "Ferrets," "CatFancy," "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Arkansas.

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