Chinese Dragon Craft

The ultimate good luck symbol for Chinese New Year!

Make this gorgeous Chinese Dragon Craft to add a touch of good fortune and wealth to your home! Chinese Dragons are symbols of wealth, wisdom, power and nobility, they are a must to welcome the New Year and at all Chinese celebrations. Chinese Dragons are the ultimate "good luck" symbol!

Chinese Dragon Craft

Here we show you how to make this red and gold Chinese dragon, you can use it as decoration and it also makes a cute puppet.

Although all the steps are quite simple, it does take a little time since there is a lot of cutting and glueing together but the results are definitely worth it!

You can stick with the traditional red and gold theme as well as experiment with different colors, patterns and types of paper for more lively variations. Origami paper in oriental motifs also works nicely.

We have included templates you can use to trace all the different parts you will need to build the dragon.

So let's get started!

Materials needed:

  • Red paper for the body and head
  • Paper in a variety of colors, textures, patterns, gold, red, origami, etc.
  • Pencil and Black Marker
  • Scissors
  • Scissors with fun shape
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Hole puncher
  • Paper/envelope fasteners
  • Bamboo Chopsticks
  • Template
Materials for Making Chinese Dragon

Step 1:

Chinese Dragon Drawing

Step 2:

  • Trace and cut in red paper:
    • Head 2 pieces
    • Body 4 pieces
    • Tail 2 pieces
  • In gold or white paper:
    • Teeth
    • Eye
  • In black paper (optional, you can simply draw it with a black marker)
    • Nostril
Making Chinese Dragon Crafts Step 2

Step 3 - Making the Body and Tail:

  • Cut stripes of color paper about one inch wide using the fun shape scissors.
  • Use a variety of colors, textures, patterns, for a striking look
Making Chinese Dragon Crafts Step 3

Step 4:

  • Glue the stripes to the body and tail, mixing colors and patterns, make sure it covers the body and don't worry about any excess, it will be trimmed on the next step.
  • Before you start glueing, pay special attention to which side of the body or tail to glue, you will need one front and one back piece rather than two of the same.
Making Chinese Dragon Crafts Step 4

Step 5:

  • Cut any excess paper
  • Repeat with remaining body and tail pieces
Making Chinese Dragon Crafts Step 5

Step 6:

  • Cut small triangles of red paper and glue a few pieces to the top of the body from the inside
  • Do the same with the tail
Making Chinese Dragon Crafts Step 6

Step 7:

  • Tape one chopstick to the back of one of the tail pieces
  • Glue together both front and back pieces for the tail and body
Making Chinese Dragon Crafts Step 7

Step 8 - Putting the Dragon head together:

  • Cut the eye or just draw it with a black marker
  • Cut the nostril or just draw it with a black marker
  • Cut the teeth and glue to one side only from the inside
Making Chinese Dragon Crafts Step 8

Step 9:

  • Now let's decorate the head and make it a bit more colorful
  • Cut small "flame-like" pieces, same shape as the eye but smaller, in all the different papers
  • Glue to the head to create the "mane" of the dragon
Making Chinese Dragon Crafts Step 9

Step 10:

  • Tape the other chopstick to the inside of the head
  • Glue the front and back of the head together, chopstick is in between.
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Step 11 - Putting the Dragon Together:

  • You should now have all four pieces ready
  • Punch holes on the segments to put them together
    • The back of the head
    • Both ends of both body parts
    • The front of the tail
Making Chinese Dragon Crafts Step 10

Step 12:

  • Join the segments using the paper fasteners through the holes
Making Chinese Dragon Crafts Step 12

Your Chinese Dragon is ready!

Chinese Dragon Craft

Chinese Dragons are lucky symbols, here's to Good Fortune and Prosperity!

To learn more about Chinese Dragons click here!

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May the New Year turn out to be a very special one for you and your family...
filling each day with peak of health...
abundance of happiness...
bountiful prosperity...
and Zen like serenity...

Gōng Xǐ Fā Cái!

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