Picture of Chinese Dragon Pull Toy
This is a toy I vaguely remember picking up a long time ago... I'm thinking 1974 World's Fair in Spokane, WA. The Cub Scouts general theme for February this year is Chinese New Years, and this toy I haven't thought about in ages suddenly pops into mind and I decided I had to come up with it.

This instructable will show you step-by-step how to put one together, and I envision this as a parent child activity. I've added a note about that at the end.

Step 1: You Will Need

Picture of You Will Need
This dragon has two parts: the dragon body and the mechanism.

For the body:
Paper - Fine paper is nice, but newsprint or butcher paper will do and can be painted
Mask - Download the pdf template

For the Mechanism:
1 wooden spool - Still available at hobby/craft stores
1" finishing nail
1 rubber band
6" wire - Paper clip works, but I use 14 gauge galvanized wire for a bit more stiffness
40" heavy thread - embroidery thread works well
1 finger pull of some sort
Wire cutters

locoblondie4 months ago


Hello from the head-mask of the Dragon toy i got the idea to use the mask as the head of a dragon-Kite:

I loaded the pdf with my vector-program and separeted one of the three masks.

than i changed it´s outline into a classic diamond-kite-Shape with rounded thrailing edges.

And i added a long triangular tail with a zigzag pattern on it.

here is my drawing:


in the picture of the separeted head-shape, you see, where the frame should be

I think a good size of the kite is Head 50 x 50 cm and the full length with tail: 160 cm.

a good way is to scale my picture with a vector program and print it out in parts.

tape them together and use it as template for kite-paper or plasticfoil you want to use for the sail.

Bosun Rick5 years ago
What are you using to form the "head"? It looks like a section of styrofoam plate cut to shape maybe?
Thank you! This is a great project we will definitely try with the kids!
dragon74456 years ago
you could probally design your own head!
I remember buying one of these when I was in Pakistan, the mechanism was am out of clay ad I think that it was a snake instead of a dragon. I might make one of these if I get the time
How about using some of that Christmas wrapping you saved or can buy in January at 50 to 75% off.
litho (author) 7 years ago
Thanks for the input! I'll be posting a video shortly, and possibly do a video of folding as well, maybe in a separate instructable. I've also added a note about it being a 'kids' project.
Charger_067 years ago
what does it do vill you put up a video
CementTruck7 years ago
That's cool. I have not seen one of these in a long time. Brings back some memories.
Kiteman7 years ago
Nice job. It's beyond my Cubs, but I think I'll pass it on to the technology department at school - they like simple and effective toys.
Nice job, you added really good pictures into this Instructable.