Make Your Own Chinese Dragon

Historically, the Chinese dragon was the symbol of the Emperor of China. This legendary creature is a very important symbol in Chinese mythology and folklore, being known to the world especially due to the Chinese dragon dance that happens on new year’s eve. Chinese dragons are typically portrayed as long, scaled, serpentine creatures with four legs. If you want to learn how to make a brightly colored Chinese dragon on your own, check out the steps below. The dragon’s flexible body will move up and down just like the real thing. Remember to give it a friendly face, because Chinese dragons are not fierce fire-breathing creatures.

Here is what you’ll need:

  • 2 strips of red and yellow or orange paper (75 cm long and 3 cm wide);
  • orange and green card;
  • yellow, white, red and orange paper;
  • a pencil;
  • sequins;
  • glue;
  • scissors.

Here is what you have to do.

  • Cut out the dragon’s head shape from an 8cm by 8cm square of red paper.

  • Cut an 8cm by 3cm rectangle from a piece of green paper and snip wavy lines almost to the full length to make the dragon’s beard. Glue the beard to the back of the chin of the dragon’s head.

  • Make the teeth from white paper and stick them just above the beard. Cut out two eye shapes also from the white paper and glue them on together with further shapes, as in the picture, to decorate the dragon’s head. Add sequins for eyes and nostrils.

  • Glue the ends of the two long strips of red and yellow paper together at right angles.

  • Make a concertina body for the dragon by folding the bottom strip over the top strip and then the top strip over the bottom strip repeatedly. Make sure you glue the ends together well.

  • Glue the dragon’s head to the body.

  • Cut some narrow strips of red and yellow paper for the tail. Curl these carefully between your thumb and some rounded scissors and glue them to the end of the dragon.

And there you have it! By following these simple steps, you will have your own personal Chinese dragon you can wave around at parties or in the park. It will take you little time and resources to make it, so get to work!

Image source: Top Marks