How to Make a Chinese Dragon Head With Household Items

    CRAFTS CLASSES
    TO INSPIRE CREATIVITY
    by Joy Campbell

    About the Author

    Based in southern Florida, Joy Campbell has been professionally writing since 2009. She is the author of "Journal of Ideas: Volume One." Campbell holds a Master of Education with a concentration in instructional technology from the University of South Florida.

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    Dragon’s appear in literature, movies and art. Unlike the Western perspective of the evil dragon flying through the air, in China, dragons represent good luck. The Chinese will create dragon heads to use in parades to bring in the New Year and for festivals. Making a Chinese dragon’s head with household items is an activity your youngster will likely enjoy, especially when he's stuck indoors on rainy afternoons. Make a small dragon’s head to use as a puppet or a large one for a mask.

    Things You'll Need

    • Shoebox or cereal box
    • Scissors
    • Masking tape
    • Newspaper
    • White craft glue
    • Non-toxic acrylic or tempera paint
    • Paintbrush
    • Embellishments

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    Place the box on your work surface with the front facing upward. Cut out an area for the eyes and mouth using scissors if your child will be wearing it. For a puppet dragon head, wad up some newspapers into two balls and glue them on the box for the eyes.

    Create ears by using the shape from the mouth cutout to form ears. Cut the mouth shape in half and then tape one to the outer edge of the box above each eye.

    Prepare a glue mixture of 3 parts white craft glue to one part water.

    Tear newspaper into 2-inch-wide strips and brush the mixture on the strips one at a time and apply them to the box. Smooth along each strip with your fingers to prevent any creases. Alternate the strips in different directions to create additional strength to the dragon’s head. Let the newspaper glue mixture dry overnight.

    Paint the dragon’s head using bright colors such as red, yellow and blue. Let the paint dry and then decorate using fabric, ribbons, pompoms, bells and other embellishments you find in your craft box.

    References

    • Papier-Mache Today; Sheila McGraw