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Monday, February 11th, 2013

Dragon Craft from Paper Plates

Paper plate dragon-Lunar New Year/ (c) InCultureParent


4 white paper plates

Paint—you definitely need some red

Streams or tissue paper

Pom poms for eyes

Pipe cleaners

Construction paper

Stapler, glue



  1. Let your kids paint each of the 4 papers plates in different colors. Make sure you have some red and gold (yellow) in there. Red symbolizes good luck and gold wealth.
  2. Once the paint has dried take one plate for the head of the dragon. Glue pom pom eyes onto the dragon. Stick some folded pipe cleaners (in red or pink) through the plate for his fiery whiskers.
  3. Cut out a spiky red head from the construction paper and glue it to the top of the plate, above the eyes
  4. Staple or glue each of the plates to one another, in a line straight down.
  5. Cut out strips of red and yellow streamers or tissue paper and staple or glue the streamers onto each plate.




Our dragon is the entryway decoration in our house. Where will you hang yours?

© 2013, Stephanie Meade. All rights reserved.

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Stephanie is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of InCultureParent. She has two Moroccan-American daughters (ages 5 and 6), whom she is raising, together with her husband, bilingual in Arabic and English at home, while also introducing Spanish. After many moves worldwide, she currently lives in Berkeley, California.

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  1. CommentsAmanda @MissPandaChinese   |  Monday, 11 February 2013 at 3:45 pm

    This looks fun! What a great way to celebrate the Chinese New Year! The celebration lasts 15 days and we need a lot of craft ideas.

  2. CommentsInCultureParent | Travel to Beijing with 5 Children’s Books   |  Thursday, 08 August 2013 at 8:22 pm

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  3. CommentsInCultureParent | 18 Ways to Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Crafts, Food and Children’s Books   |  Thursday, 30 January 2014 at 10:32 pm

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