New Years Dragon Paper Plate Craft

According to the Chinese almanac, 2012 is the year of the Dragon. The image for this craft is a big dancing Chinese dragons at festivals or the Chinese lion dance with two men inside. Here's a cute New Years Dragon puppet craft you can make from a paper plate.


  • 1 paper plate
  • 3egg carton cups
  • black, red, and white construction paper
  • red and gold paint
  • black marker
  • glue
  • scissors


  1. Cut out three cups from an egg carton. Paint them green, inside and out. Allow to dry.
  2. On the bottom of a paper plate, paint the center gold and the rim red. Allow to dry.
  3. Cut 2 black paper rectangles. Cut slits on one side and glue onto 2 green egg cups for eyelashes.
  4. Cut 2 small white circles to fit in the bottom of the cups for eyes. Draw a black pupil with a marker.
  5. On the outside of the 3rd green paper egg cup, draw 2 dots for a nose.
  6. Fold the paper plate in half. Cut slits along the rim if desired for a frill effect.
  7. Cut out a large red tongue longer than half the paper plate so it sticks out the front. Glue inside the mouth.
  8. Cut out big white triangles for teeth and glue them on the upper lip.
  9. Glue the eyes and nose on top of the head.
  Here's the original craft at DLTK
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