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Using tomato baskets, pipe cleaners, PVC, and paper machie create a 12 foot dragon to hang in your living room!

Step 1: Mock up and planning

Picture of Mock up and planning
Lay out your dragon pieces, wire tying the tomato baskets to make the body. Tye pipe cleaners to the open spots in the tomato baskets so the paper machie with have some structure to it. and something to hold on to.
Ms M2 years ago
I'm about to do this project with a large S2 class. We have just completed the novel, 'The Hobbit' and alongside the essay and creative writing, I though this would prove a little more exciting for the kids. Thanks for posting :)
D00M994 years ago
I really like the simple design of the head. Nice work!
More creatures? BTW, Nice job; wish educators in my day did these things :)
Johntron9 years ago
Oh! You mean you don't build the dragon OUT OF five-year-olds? Just kidding. Great article.
hey thats not a bad idea . . . i think i have 20 five-year-olds in a cuboard somewhere i could use for that . . .
austin9 years ago
thats ingenious now i just need a pack of five years old to make one for me
well thats what the educational system was founded for. cheap labor. ever wonder why they make so many lanyards??

i don't know why that made me laugh so much, but it did. thankyou.

this is sweet man the best dragon ever...
padolf7 years ago
We followed the instructions and made this dragon for a knight bday party. It turned out great! Thank you!
Tigger46 (author)  padolf7 years ago
Your welcome! I'm glad it turned out so well for you!
DragonsCat7 years ago
This is very cute - I would have loved to do something like this in elementary school (even if I did always feel kinda sick having to touch icky paper mache goop)! I'm going to have to show it to my mom. Yeah, a music teacher wouldn't really have much opportunity to make a dragon, but she might know some other teachers who would get a kick out of it!
royrules108 years ago
how do i do the wings. good site!
royrules108 years ago
What is used for the legs? Every other bit is great!
royrules108 years ago
Can you write a page with the materials? Thanks P.S. Great site!
foobear8 years ago
It's beautiful. How did you make the paper mache?
Papier mache is basically strips/pieces of newspaper soaked in a mixture of flour and water (equal parts). Papier mache sculptures (or more often vases, cups for pencil holders, etc.) are a very common art project for elementary school. I remember working with it . I loved art in elementary school.
Oh, by the way, in elementary schools, I think the papier mache paste is actually made out of equal parts glue (elmer's) and water. That definitely keeps longer- flour can develop mold.
that is very cool!
krusty9 years ago
WOW!! This is outstanding :) Very very cool. Great instructable, thanks for sharing!