Have you ever wondered what your life is missing?
Is it potatoes? Dirty dishes? Famine? Meteors? An understanding of string theory?
No, it's none of THOSE things. What your life is missing is more GIANT DRAGON PUPPETS. But fear not, for now you too can build your very own giant dragon puppet! Think of all the uses! Haloween props, putting on a play, scaring your friends, entertaining at children's birthday parties, washing your car*, mowing your lawn**, ending world hunger!*** The uses are endless!!!!!!****
*Dragon puppets can't do this
**Nope, not this either
****Uses for a dragon puppet are not actually endless.
YOU WILL NEED
PVC Pipe (1 1/4inch width, 1/2 inch width)
Fabric (two colors)
A sewing machine (or just a lot of time on your hands)
A card table
Ready now? then off we go!!!
Step 1: Making the Head
Make sure that it is sturdy and has a flat surface at the back of the head where the neck will attach.
Earlier designs had the head and jaw be separate pieces to allow the mouth to open. Based on how skilled a sculptor/electrician you are, you might want to add LED lights for eyes or a fog machine to make him breathe fire.
Step 2: Make the PVC Skeleton
The base of your structure can be any shape but we opted to make it a half-cube of 1 1/4 inch w PVC.
The main up/down pivot is made by screwing in the smaller pipe (1/2 inch w) across the top of your base. Before securing both sides, slide another 1 1/4 inch w pipe so that it fits loosely around the 1/2 inch pipe. This should spin freely (kindof like a paper towel roll)
The neck of your dragon is made with two parallel PVC sitting across your pivot point. The complete neck should be longer than the neck of the dragon because it also must include the handle on the back (ours totaled to around 9 ft.) Once screwed in completely to the pivot, attach another pipe parallel to the pivot bar. This bar keeps the neck and head from falling too far forward.
If you want to add extra pivots to make the dragon sway/crouch etc, you can, but the easiest way is
Step 3: Making the Neck
The basic shape of the neck is going to be similar to that of a windsock. First cut your main fabric into two right triangular shapes. (keep the excess, you'll need it for the wings.) Next cut the tip off of the farthest end (see diagram) Put them together and it should look like a large trapezoid. sew the straight edges to each other.
Next, cut the accent fabric into strips of jagged flame-looking pieces. (keep the excess, you'll need it later) Lay these strips along the trapezoid neck facing inward (see diagram.)
Fold the fabric trapezoid in half over the gold accents. Sew both ends.
Turn the whole thing inside out and you have your dragon neck tube-sock.
At the largest opening, sew a hula-hoop along the lining in order to secure its shape.
Step 4: Making the Wings
Attach a length of 1/2 inch w PVC along the long edge, and a piece of thick wire to the other edge. Sew in.
Step 5: Painting the Head
Step 6: Attaching the Head
Use hot glue to secure the small end of your fabric neck to the head.
Once dry, attach the head to the teeter totter system and drape fabric over.
Step 7: Attach Wings
Step 8: Elevate and Perform!
To perform, simply hide behind the dragon and push down on the handle to make the neck go up and down. Add some smoke and your mightiest roar and viola! You have a dragon!
Ours was used as the climax in a medevial scavenger hunt for a 5 year old's birthday party. Everyone loved it and the kids were in awe. Can also easily be used in theatrical settings (The hobbit, Shrek The Musical, Wicked, etc) and for halloween decor.
Whatever you decide to use him for, have fun building and bringing to life your own giant dragon!