Paper Cup Dragon Puppet

This colorful dragon puppet by can be made from a few paper cups and tissue paper. A fantastic project for Chinese New Year

Paper Cup Dragon Puppet

Project Info

Difficulty Slightly challenging
Duration 15-30 minutes
Age 5+
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  • Colored Streamers (Party Streamers, or strips of paper cut from colored craft or tissue paper)
  • Dragon Head Picture (See resources)
  • Glue Stick
  • Kebab Stick or other stick such as a dowel
  • Plastic Cups (Colored ones are best)
  • String
  • Toilet Paper Tubes


    1. Punch a hole into the base of each plastic cup by placing a blob of plasticine or wall tac under the cup and pushing a pencil through the bottom.
    2. Cut the toilet rolls into pieces about 5cm long
    3. Tie a large knot into the string and thread it into the cup and out the bottom.
    4. Next thread on a piece of card roll.
    5. Repeat with cups and card rolls until it reaches the desired length. Tie a large knot in the end of the string to secure the cups.
    6. Draw and colour a dragon head or use one of the images provided in resources below.
    7. Cut the streamers or coloured paper into lengths of approximately 30cm. Glue or tape the streamers along the length of the dragon’s body.
    8. Punch a hole into the top of the head cup.
    9. Punch another hole into a cup toward the end of the dragon’s body. (About 4th from the end)
    10. Attach string from the holes to either end of the stick. Use the stick to manoeuvre the dragon puppet.


    1. Detailed step by step instructions and templates for the dragons head can be found on the website:
    2. Thumbnail image: Dragon_Paper_Cup_01.jpg


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    Useful supplies

    Amscan Rainbow Printed Crepe Party Streamer
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