Here’s a simple dragon craft that kids will love – Pipe Cleaner Dragons!
These little dragons are pretty sturdy (for pipe cleaners, of course) and the boys have been having fun playing with them and posing them!
We made several colors.
Ready to make some?
I adapted this idea from a pipe cleaner dragon bookmark on Danielle’s Place. My 8 year old and I made his together, but I did the whole thing for the younger boys (age 3 and 6). Too much detailed cutting and use of the glue gun for them – but the finished result is such a cute (and cheap!) toy. If you’re crafty and don’t mind making several, I think these would make awesome party favors for a dragon or castle themed birthday party!
To make them, you will need:
- Pipe cleaners – You’ll need 4 for each dragon.
- Craft foam
- Craft sticks – one will make two dragons
- Googly eyes
- Hot glue gun
Step 1: Cut a small section from the end of a craft stick. Round off the end with scissors like this.
Step 2: To make the head, fold the end of a pipe cleaner around in a circle. Then wrap it the other way a few times to give the head some depth. Leave the end for the neck.
Step 3: Take a second pipe cleaner and wrap it tightly around the neck, starting just under the head. Then wrap around the body.
Step 4: Tuck a third pipe cleaner under the others and keep wrapping. When I got to the end of the body I added a little hot glue to the craft stick to keep the pipe cleaner in place. Leave the end hanging to be the tail.
Step 5: Add craft foam horns and tail, and glue on googly eyes. Cut four pieces for the legs and glue them to the body.
Step 6: Add foam feet and wings, and you’re done!
We love crafting with pipe cleaners because they are so versatile and such a frugal craft material!