Paper Cup Dragon Puppet

This colorful dragon puppet by jellyfishjelly.com 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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Materials

  • 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

Instructions

    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.

    Tips

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

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    Useful supplies

    - our picks from Amazon for this project:
    amscan Rainbow Printed Crepe Party Streamer
    amscan Rainbow Printed Crepe Party Streamer
    Creative Converting 9 oz. Cup - Lime Green (24)
    Creative Converting 9 oz. Cup
    Creative Converting Perfect Purple 9 Oz. Paper Cups
    Creative Converting Perfect Purple 9 Oz. Paper Cups
    9oz Royal Blue Paper Cups, 8ct
    9oz Royal Blue Paper Cups
    School Bus Yellow 9 oz. Paper Cups - 24 Count
    School Bus Yellow 9 oz. Paper Cups
    Creative Converting HOT/COLD CUPS 9OZ, 9 oz, Bermuda Blue
    Creative Converting HOT/COLD CUPS 9OZ
    Loew-Cornell 1021173 Woodsies Dowels 12"-3/16" 20/Pkg
    Loew-Cornell 1021173 Woodsies Dowels 12"-3/16" 20/Pkg
    Elmer's All Purpose School Glue Sticks, Clear, Washable, 4 Pack, 0.24-ounce sticks
    Elmer's All Purpose School Glue Sticks
    Norpro Cotton Twine White, 220'/73 yd.
    Norpro Cotton Twine White

    Related Books

    - our picks from Amazon for this project:
    Dragons Love Tacos
    Dragons Love Tacos
    When a Dragon Moves In
    When a Dragon Moves In
    There's No Such Thing as a Dragon
    There's No Such Thing as a Dragon
    The Tale of Custard the Dragon
    The Tale of Custard the Dragon
    Good Night, Little Dragons (Little Golden Book)
    Good Night
    The Year of the Dragon: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac (Tales from the Chinese Zodiac (7))
    The Year of the Dragon: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac
    Three Tales of My Father's Dragon
    Three Tales of My Father's Dragon
    A Friend For Dragon (Dragons Tales)
    A Friend For Dragon

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