If you’re celebrating the Chinese New Year, I have a really fun craft. It’s a day that’s fast approaching, but there’s still time to get the kids together and make this Cardboard Roll Dragon Craft! If you’re not celebrating this is still a really fun craft for those fascinated with dragons!
Our fire-breathing Cardboard Roll Dragon Craft is made with 2 clean toilet paper cardboard rolls. If the thought of using tp rolls in cardboard roll crafts kinda weirds you out, as I’ve heard before, they actually sell the roll itself. I’ve found them on Amazon. Or, use a paper towel roll and just make the necessary adjustments for length.
Along with two toilet paper cardboard rolls, the rest of the supplies for our Cardboard Roll Dragon Craft include green and red paint, red and yellow paper, a bit of white paper for the teeth, medium googly eyes, a brass fastener, a pipe cleaner, a single hole punch, scissors, a black marker, and glue.
Cardboard Roll Dragon Craft
- 2 toilet paper cardboard rolls
- Acrylic paint – red and green
- Paper – red, yellow, and white
- Medium googly eyes
- Brass fastener
- Pipe cleaner
- Single hole punch
- Black marker
Begin by cutting one of the toilet paper rolls into a triangular shape, with a flat end. This will open his mouth. Then make two slits on the other end and fold the top up carefully. Cut two bumps into this section for the eyes.
Cut the other toilet paper roll in half. Paint all green. We then mixed a bit of red with the green before it dried, adding more green on top of that for the dragon’s design. Let dry completely.
With the rolls completely dried, adhere googly eyes to the raised sections.
Draw 2 dots with the black marker on the flat tip. Cut a few triangles of white paper for the teeth, fold slightly at the top, and glue in place in the mouth.
Rip some red and yellow paper, or use tissue paper. Bunch together and glue inside the mouth.
Make a slit about halfway through on the unfolded flap of the dragon’s head. Make a slit on the opposite side on one of the half tp rolls so they’ll slide into each other.
Then, on the end of the half roll that isn’t slit, punch a hole with the hole punch. Punch a hole on the remaining half in the same area. Fasten the two together with a brass fastener. This is the dragon body.
Let an adult make a small hole by piercing with scissors on the top of the front of the dragon body. Do the same on the back end, but pierce through the top and bottom.
Fold a pipe cleaner into spikes, leaving a section on both ends straight to slide through the holes with a 2-3 inch tail section.
Slide the front into the front hole and the back tail into the back holes.
We hope you love this fire-breathing Cardboard Roll Dragon Craft as much as we do! Be sure to check out more of our fun kids craft ideas at Our Kid Things!