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Friday, September 12, 2014

EPIC DRAGON CRAFT: Quality Time With Your Kids

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Blow your kids' minds, spend some quality time with them, and have loads of fun making this insanely awesome dragon! Prove once and for all that you're the coolest parent in town. You won't believe how easy it is! I'm referring to how easy the craft is of course. I already know how cool you are... it's the kids you have to convince ;)

My kids have shown our dragon to every single child that has entered our house and every single one of them has flipped over it! I'm not gonna lie, most of the adults have too. This craft is a keeper, my friends. 

My girls and I are always finding projects to work on together. Throughout the week we try to pick smaller projects that we can actually finish in an evening. But when we have a free weekend open up, we love to bust out the art supplies and dive into an epic crafting adventure. 

This particular weekend craft came about because my youngest daughter, Jossy, was sad that her big sister, Gianna, wasn't going to be home. Gia had back-to-back sleepovers at friends' houses. Jossy asked me if we could make something that would make her happy again. How was I going to say no to that? Mama was on a mission. This had to be legendary. 

Jossy and I searched for craft ideas online. Jossy spotted a picture of a dragon made from plastic cups but it didn't have any instructions with it, so I printed out the photo for inspiration. We used our imaginations, improvised, and made a dragon our own way.

I have to say of all of our creations, this is my favorite. I mean come on, dragons rock. I'm pretty sure any kind of dragon craft would be cool but this one, forget about it. 

When we were done, I had the happiest kid on the block!

...and that made me the happiest mama around.

Spending quality time with your kids does just as much for you as it does for them. 

In such a fast paced world where we grown ups have so many responsibilities and worries weighing us down, it's so nice to stop the madness in it's tracks and just have some fun. Good old fashioned kid fun, where your biggest problems are you can't decide between the coolest colors or which scissors cut the best. Check out of the rat race for a weekend and just be a kid again. Your errands, the laundry, and your chores aren't going anywhere. They'll wait for you. This weekend trade all that in for some smiles. You'll be glad you did!

Seriously, this craft turned out awesome and it was super fun to put together. YOU should totally make one of these crazy cool dragons! 

This craft took a total of 6 hours. We stretched it out over a weekend.

  • Hot glue gun (low-temp)
  • Glue sticks for the gun
  • Plastic cups (Preferred color or colors)
  • Felt for dragon's face and flames (Preferred colors)
  • White paper for the teeth (Card stock works best)
  • Party Streamers (Various colors)
  • Four googly eyes
  • Black Sharpie marker 
  • Scissors (Kid-safe)


1. Pre-Heat glue gun.

2. You will be gluing the plastic cups first (this will be the dragon's body). 

*Due to the more difficult nature of this step, have your child cut the streamer strips while you are putting the dragon's body together.

*IMPORTANT: Once you decide the position you want the cup in, you must hot glue both the top and bottom points where the cups will be touching each other. Gluing one point isn't enough. You must glue everywhere the cups touch each other.

*IMPORTANT: Make sure immediately after gluing one point, you stop and hold in place and give it a chance to set for a minute before moving onto gluing the next touch-point. And be careful, it's hot!

*Keep gluing until you feel your dragon's body is the size you want it.

*Have your child cut streamers to whatever length you want them. We cut ours to be around 10". 

*When we were all done with the craft, I cut them into various lengths to create a layered effect so it would display all of the different colors. But this will be your very last step so for now just cut them all one length.

3. Cut out the dragon's head from a piece of felt. You can make it whatever shape you want it to be. Jossy cut ours to look like the shape of a peanut with a mouth cut out of it. 

*Do NOT hot glue the head to the very first cup UNTIL you have hot glued the flames. You will be gluing the flames underneath the head where the mouth opening is.

*Remember you need to put heads on BOTH sides of the dragon, so you need to double the amount of all the parts.

4. Cut out flames from orange and red felt (or whatever color you prefer). Then take a black Sharpie and outline your flames to make them stand out.

*You will be gluing the flames of both heads together so be sure you make the flames long enough to do so. (See pic in #9)

*It takes a good while to hot glue all of the plastic cups. If you're still doing that at this point, your child can be cutting the felt shapes out and outlining the flames while you're finishing up the dragon's body.

5. Hot glue the flames behind the head so that the flames look like they are shooting out of the mouth.

6. Hot glue the googly eyes in your preferred placement and then cut out and glue the eyebrows. Any shape and color you prefer. 

7. Cut small triangles out of the white paper for the dragon's teeth and then hot glue them in place.

8. Cut small strips of streamers and then make cuts in them half way up the middle of them to make a fringe effect. This will be the dragon's beard. Use any color you desire. 

*Hot glue only the tops of the uncut portions of the streamers so that the fringe part hangs free. Overlap two or three strips to give a 3D effect.

9. Once you're done with both heads, glue the tips of both sets of flames together.

10. Now that you have the dragon's body glued and the completed faces glued on both sides, it's time to make the dragon's spikes.

*I cut out a couple of white triangles to serve as templates for the spikes (we wanted a couple different sizes for the spikes). Jossy used the white templates to cut all of the felt spikes. It was easy for her to keep them uniform in size since she just cut the felt by placing the white template on top.

11. Once you have the triangles cut, you will be gluing two triangles together to make one spike. 

*IMPORTANT: You must leave an unglued portion on the bottom of the triangles. You will be splitting the bottom of the triangles so that they can be glued to the dragon's spine along the top of the cups.

*Only hot glue where you see the dotted lines. Leave the bottom unglued so that you can spread the bottom of the triangle onto the cup. This is the only way to adhere the spike so that it sticks straight up.

*You will glue the spikes directly on top of the dragon's body, creating his spiky spine.

12. Glue all of the streamers on the bottom of the plastic cups. You will need to glue many rows to achieve a cool, layered effect. Start with the second cup (the first cup is the dragon's head). Finish the row of streamers on that cup before moving to the next cup.

*Once you get halfway through a row, which will bring you directly in the middle on the underside of the dragon, flip the dragon to the other side. It's easier to start fresh on the other side and work your way again to the middle of the underside where the streamers left off from the other side.

*The streamers are the only part of this craft where I let Jossy do a little bit of gluing with the hot glue gun. I sat right beside her holding the dragon and showed her exactly where to put the line of glue, then I placed the streamer on the glue line as soon as she made it. I would NOT recommend letting your child use the hot glue gun for any other portion of this craft and NOT even this portion if you don't feel 100% certain they are old enough and will be able to do so without getting burnt. There is plenty of designing and cutting involved in this craft to keep them more than busy while you are doing all of the hot gluing.

*Once we had all the streamers glued in place, I cut them into different lengths so that all the different colors of all the layers came through. I didn't measure any of them, I just kept cutting and trimming them until it looked really colorful and full of layers.

And that's it, folks! Your Epic Dragon Craft is done! 

You won't believe how cool it really is until you see it with your own eyes!

We hung ours up right in our foyer for everyone to see!

Just simply poke some holes in two of your cups and thread string or wire through them. We used the self-adhesive command hooks on the ceiling and just looped the string around them.

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