This is a large scale project that can be created
within a week. Some preparatory work is required
- the wire frame for the dragon’s head is best
prepared in advance ready to be worked on.
A pre bought wooden head can be used if time is
Chicken Wire a premium or a child or adult could take the place
Mod Roc of the dragon’s head dressed with a mask or
Wire Cutters headdress.
3 strips of material White and blue felt Pink and white tissue
(3m lengths) Needles paper
Red and yellow felt Thread Long pipe cleaners
Needles Bamboo rods (green)
Thick wire or 4 large In order to provide a focus point for the dragon, a
hoops backdrop could be created. Use a roll of sky
patterned paper to cover display boards and a
blue border roll to neaten edges.
Boxes covered with grey material will create rocks
and the illusion of a mountainous landscape and
children could be asked to create tissue paper
Sequins fish for a dragon’s pool.
Using chicken wire, create a head
about 45 cm in length and 30 cm high.
Support the frame by inserting
screwed up newspaper inside.
Additional sections, (eyes, nostrils)
can be added once the main struc-
ture is complete.
Using thin wire, create rings and
position them equally around the
back of the head. (This is where the
body will be attached later.)
Cut strips of mod-roc and dip briefly
into a tub of water. Lay over mesh
until wire is no longer visible.
(Leave rings visible!)
Allow to dry.
Paint the head using acrylics.
Traditionally, the eyes are always
painted last - after which the
dragon Is alive!
Sew three panels of material together
Cut felt to make a spine and sew down
centre of the middle panel.
Cut and add a tail.
Sew on wishing scales as they are
Sew on bells and any other
Attach hoops to the underside of
the body and finally, the body to the
Cut out clouds out of white felt,
(double the felt so you cut two
sections at a time)
Sew around the edge & decorate with
blue felt .
Fill with wadding or cotton wool.
Insert dwelling rods.
Cut out tissue paper petals
Arrange around a pipe cleaner and
attach with Sellotape.
To bring the dragon to life, ask children to hold
the hoops underneath the dragon’s body. Two
children will need to hold each hoop.
Other children can hold the tail, blossom and
clouds and parade around with the dragon.
An older child or an adult will need to support
Chinese musicians can accompany the dragon as
he dances or Chinese music can be played for
the children to move around to.