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Chinese Dragon Puppet Project

Time: 1-2 Class Periods
Difficulty: Moderate
Cleanup: None

9x12" Smooth Bristol
Tissue Paper in assorted colors
Wooden Strips
Brad Fasteners
Pencil or Pen
Glue Stick
1/8" Hole Punch
Hot Glue Gun
Black Paint (optional)
Paint Brushes (optional)
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Use bristol, tissue paper and markers to make a Chinese dragon!


  • Step 1
    Divide one sheet of 9x12" smooth bristol as shown.
  • Step 2
    Draw the dragon body parts inside each section.
  • Step 3
    Color each body part with your choice of markers.
  • Step 4
    Cut out each piece of the dragon with scissors.
  • Step 5
    Using several colors of tissue paper, create dragon "fins" and glue each in place along the dragon's back and head, as well as his legs. Arrange all the body parts as you want them, layering the pieces as necessary. With a 1/8" hole punch, punch a hole through each piece where it connects to another piece. Attach the pieces with paper fasteners and ensure the parts can move freely. Finally, on the backside of the dragon, use hot glue to attach two
    basswood strips to the puppet; we used 1/8 x 1/8". Glue one strip on the front half and the other on the back half. We painted our strips black; but they can be left natural.

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