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Chinese Dragon Maionette Puppet or Toy Made from Cups

These adorable dragon puppets are not easy to make. Adults can put together the cups and let their children embellish them with stickers and craft foam scales. Children will enjoy playing with the dragons as a toy or puppet. Red stories about Chinese New Year before making these puppets (book recommendations below). Have your act out the stories or set up their on Chinese New Year parade. Add string tied to sticks to make the cup dragons into marionette puppets.

Dragon Marionette Cup Craft from www.daniellesplace.com ©2016

What you will need:

9 oz. Red Paper Cups

3/4" Brass Paper Fasteners

1/8 Inch Paper Punch


Craft Foam Sheets

Aleene's Tacky Glue

Chenille Stems

Wiggle Eyes

Sharpie Marker

3/4" Neon Red or Orange Round Labels (Dot Stickers)

Low Temperature Glue Gun

Yellow and Orange Tissue Paper

Dragon Paper Cup Puppet Craft with "View it and Do it" Video from www.daniellesplace.com ©2016

How to Make the Paper Cup Dragons:

1. Print out the dragon legs, tail, and horns pattern.

Members Member's Pattern

Instant Download Pattern -  purchase  

Watch our "View it and Do it! Craft video to see how me made this craft:

2. Draw a face on a paper cup with a black permanent marker, coloring in the mouth so it looks like it is open. (Note: See the Alligator Cup Craft if you would like to see how to make the mouth so it opens and closes.)

3. Punch small holes on the sides of the head near the top edge of the cup.

4. Punch a hole in another cup about 3/4" to one inch from the bottom of the cup with a sharp object.

Insert the cup inside the first cup matching up one of the holes on the first cup with the hole you punched in the second cup.

5. Place a brass fastener through the holes in the first and second cups. Spread out the legs of the fastener inside the second cup.

6. Making sure the second cup is even inside the first cup, use a sharp object to punch a hole through the inside cup through the other hole on the outside cup. Insert a brass fastener through both holes to the inside of the cup. Open up the fastener inside the cup.

7. Keep adding cups in the same manner until you have the desired length.

8. Cut a tail from craft foam using the pattern or make your own design. Glue the tail to the inside of the last cup with a low temp glue gun. (Note: See the Alligator Cup Craft to see how to make the tail gradually get smaller and still move.)

9. Cut the horns from craft foam and glue them to the top of the head. Glue on the eyes. (Use the pattern or design your own.)

10. Cut a Chenille Stem in half and bend it to fit on the nose area of the dragon. Glue it on with a glue gun and then bend the stem to look like whiskers.

11. Cut flame shapes from yellow and orange tissue paper. Crinkle the ends of the flames and them wind them together with all the flame shapes. Glue them to the nose of the dragon.

12. Cut triangle shapes from white craft foam to make teeth. Have your children help you glue them on to the mouth with tacky glue.

13. Cut triangle shapes from another color of craft foam. Have your children help you glue them to the top of the dragon's back with tacky glue.

14. To finish have your children stick dot stickers on the underside of the dragon. Name your dragon!

Dragon Marionetter Cup Craft from www.daniellesplace.com ©2016


Make your Cup Dragon into a Marionette Puppet:

Dragon Marionette Puppet diagram

Glue jumbo craft sticks to a yard stick or wooden dowel leaving about 4 inches at both ends of the yard stick. The craft sticks should be perpendicular to the yard stick. Tie yarn or string that is about two feet long to each end of the craft sticks.

Punch holes in the cups on the top of the dragon. Tie the ends of the pieces of yarn in the holes. Tie the string from opposite sides of the yard stick to the front and back and tie the other two strings to the middle of the dragon. Rock the yard stick back and forth to the make the dragon walk.

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Thank you for your idea of the plastic cup dragon. I purchased the design for the feet, ears. We will use the idea for our Recreation Program at our Care Village and the Chinese New Year Dragon Boat Races. Keep bringing in the great ideas, Darla Activity Coordinator


Recommended Books about Chineses Dragons and Chinese New Year


Followers Who Made this Craft

Dragon Paper Cup Craft from www.daniellesplace.com



Textured Dragon Craft

Textured Dragon Activity Sheet to go along with the book "The Crocodile that didn't Like Water" from www.daniellesplace.com
Textured Dragon Craft from www.daniellesplace.com


This craft was designed to go along with the book "The Crocodile Who Didn't like Water". Every child will be able to relate to this "Ugly Duckling" story. Little "crocodile" didn't fit in with all his brothers and sisters. He tried his best to like what they like and to do what they did, but he wasn't happy. He felt alone until one day he began to grow and grow and he realized he wasn't a crocodile at all. He was a dragon that was born to fly.

The Crocodile Who Didn't like Water

What you will need:

Card Stock (Heavy Paper)

Water Color Paint


Egg Shell from a Cooked Egg

White Glue

How to Make the Textured Dragon Craft:

1. Hard boil some eggs, cool them off with cold water, and careful peel them keeping the egg shell together as much as possible. Place the egg shells on a paper towel to dry.

2. Print out the dragon patterns or draw a dragon.

Member's pattern

3. Draw teeth on the dragon's mouth with a marker and then use water color paint, colored pencils, or markers to color the dragon picture.

4. Spread white glue on the dragon where you want scales.

5. Press pieces of egg shell down onto the glue so that the egg shell cracks into pieces.

6. When the glue is dry use paper color paint to paint the egg shells.

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Dragon Paper Clip Bookmark Craft

Dragon Paper Clip Book Mark Craft from www.daniellesplace.com

What you will need:

Jumbo Four-Inch Paper Clip

Extra Fluffy Pipe Cleaners

Craft Foam

Googly Eyes

Low Temperature Glue Gun

Watch a "View it and Do it" video on how to make this craft:


How to Make a Dragon Paper Clip Bookmark:

Dragon Diagram 1

1. Curl the pipe cleaner into an oval shape.

Dragon Diagram 2
2. Curl the pipe cleaner over the finished oval to make it thicker. This will be the head.
Dragon Diagram 3
3. Curl the rest of the pipe cleaner over the end of the paper clip. Leave enough space between the head and the paper clip for a neck and a body.
Dragon Diagram 4
4. Wind the rest of the pipe cleaner around the paper clip. This is the start of the body.
Dragon Diagram 5
5. Use another pipe cleaner to make the rest of the body. Wind some of it in front of the neck so the dragon has a chest.
Dragon Diagram 6
6. Use a separate pipe cleaner to make the tail by folding one end and wrapping it around the other part. Make it thicker near the base of the fold.
Dragon Diagram 7
7. Glue the tail to the body of the dragon.






8. Glue smaller pipe cleaners
to the body for the legs, and use craft foam to make the hands, wings, horns, and tail tip.

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Dragon Cup Craft for Kids

Dragon Cup, Fork, and Paper Plate Craft for Kids www.daniellesplace.com

What you need:

Two 12-ounce Cups

One 16-Ounce Cup

Regular-Sized Paper Plates

Two Forks

Low-temp Hot Melt Glue


How to Make a Cup Dragon:

Member's pattern

Instant Digital Download pattern

1. To make the upper body, cut a paper plate in half and make a cone shape, then glue it on to the 16 ounce cup which is the lower body.

2. Cut the top off the cone at a slant so the dragons head is facing down, then glue a 12-ounce cup on top for the head.

3. Cut another 12-ounce cup in half lengthwise, then cut a curve in the side of each half to the shape of the 16-ounce cup to make the legs. Cut the ends off most of the handles of the two forks then punch them in near the bottom of the cut edges of the two halves of the cups for the feet, then glue the two halves to the each side of the 16-ounce cup to form the legs.

4. Cut a crescent moon shape to make the tail and cut off one point, then moisten the shape and bend down the sides to make it pop out and let it dry.

5. Print out patterns, color them, cut them, and glue them to the dragon.

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Free Dragon Coloring Sheet

Dragon Coloring Sheet with Facts aboiut Dragons www.daniellesplace.com

Dragons are usually thought of as fire-breathing, evil monsters stealing the princess from the tower, but who says all dragons are evil? They are magical creatures of the imagination, and can be the hero as well as the villain. They can be anything you imagine!

The dragon color sheet includes fun facts about dragons. Print it out, color it and try to draw your own dragon.

Free Digital Download pattern4

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Chinese Dragon Pipe Cleaner Craft for Kids

Dragon Craft - Pipe Cleaner - Chenille Stem Dragon Craft for Kids from www.daniellesplace.com


This little dragon was made using extra fluffy 15 mm Chenille stems from Hobby Lobby, thin yellow Chenille stems, white craft foam, and yellow feathers.

The fluffy part of the Chenille stem was cut away on the feet to make them skinny.

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Good Books About Dragons for Children


The Reluctant Dragon

The Reluctant Dragon is Kenneth Grahame’s 1898 story retold by Robert D. San Souci of an unusually smart boy that meets a poetic and pacifistic dragon. They become friends, but they can’t keep the dragon’s presence a secret. The town summons Saint George the dragon slayer to kill the beast, but the dragon refuses to fight like his brethren. The boy convinces Saint George to talk to him and together they devise a plan for the dragon to be accepted by the town. This book teaches children not to go with the crowd, but to stand up for your beliefs. (Affiliate Disclaimer)



If I Had a Dragon

If I Had a Dragon by Tom and Amanda Ellery

Morton's mom wants him to play with his little brother, but Morton thinks his little brother is too little to play with. He wishes his brother would turn into something fun like a kite, or bulldozer, or a dragon. At first he thinks that he would be so happy if he had a dragon to play with, but once he starts imagining what it would be like he realizes that playing with a dragon wouldn't be so great after all, besides where could a dragon hide when playing hide-and-seek, or how would he swim with a dragon that was as big as the swimming pool? After considering many different scenarios Morton decides playing with his little brother isn't so bad after all.



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