Introduction: How to Fold an Origami Dragon

Picture of How to Fold an Origami Dragon

I uploaded a video a few days go, on how to make an origami dragon, and here are the requested instructions.

Step 1: Fold the Base

Picture of Fold the Base

If you already know how to fold the bird base, go ahead and do that, and you can skip this step.
Otherwise; for future origami reference, this that we're folding is called the bird base, and is used as the base for many origami animals.

Step 2: The Body

Picture of The Body

If you ever get confused during these steps, you can refer to my video.

Step 3: Head and Tail 1

Picture of Head and Tail 1

If you ever get confused during these steps, you can refer to my video.

Step 4: The Wings & Legs

Picture of The Wings & Legs

If you ever get confused during these steps, you can refer to my video.

Step 5: Head and Tail 2

Picture of Head and Tail 2

If you ever get confused during these steps, you can refer to my video.

Apologies for the bad focus on some of these.....yeah

Step 6: RAWWR!!!

Picture of RAWWR!!!

Now go out and ravage some villages

Step 7: The Video

Heres a full video of the process


cosmicknight782 (author)2017-07-31

I like your origami model. Most of the easy dragons on youtube that are like this have itty bitty little wings, which I hated. So, I had to stick with big wings and no feet. But, I like how your origami model has big-ish wings, but still has feet. Thanks!

Vzip (author)2011-07-16

Hey that's the best dragon Ive found so far! but do u need more than one piece of paper? the second to last frame on step four says you do the same thing for the other side, and i cant figure it out!

cosmicknight782 (author)Vzip2017-07-31

You only need one piece of paper. The other side is exactly what it means. You flip it over, so that its on the other side, and do the same thing.

instruct39 (author)2010-06-29

dang from this point on it gets hard. I have the most expieriance with origami in my family and i still think this is a harder model to fold.

I started making this when I was 10... first origami thing I ever did other than ninja stars and paper airplanes.

grinder7896 (author)instruct392010-10-29

this is easy and im only a teen ager
well almost im 12 and this is easy

LOL, Grinder your a teenager when you turn 13, and, same, im 12 and this was EASY.

instruct39 (author)grinder78962010-10-31

i posted that a while ago wen i first tried it. im much better at origami now and it is much easier for me now.

jstevens10 (author)instruct392011-06-26

i agree!

chicadoo123 (author)2012-02-05

hey is there a easy way to make a dragon???????????? please help

no offense, but I'm pretty sure this is the easiest way to fold an origami dragon

w1l50n1404 (author)2009-05-28

Well, I say IT IS hard to desccribe a sink fold!

oh yea that thing

whats a sink fold

shadow760 (author)w1l50n14042009-06-18

well u take top and tighly crease downward then u do so on other side than u open the shape push on the square and then refold

MAANNIK (author)shadow7602009-08-14

i can not do it then also!

xwx (author)MAANNIK2009-08-15

I despise Sink Folds with all my being...

corndawg49 (author)xwx2010-03-14

 yes, we should have gotten a better explanation for the sink folds 

AudraM8 (author)corndawg492016-03-06

These instructions don't make a lick of sense. Moving on now.

grinder7896 (author)xwx2010-10-29

freak sink folds are fun

corndawg49 (author)xwx2010-03-14

 yes, we should have gotten a better explanation for the sink folds 

corndawg49 (author)shadow7602010-03-14

 my sister is being weird, she just said zhuzhu pets can break your chair zhuzhu pets will eat your hair etc

AnthonyW100 (author)2016-05-24

step four is super hard if you're using post-its, but in regular paper it's easier

Tomanycats675. (author)2016-03-11

Wut is this i got to step 4 and gave up cause it didn't come out correctly.....

I am embarrassed......

Minetankers2 (author)2016-02-18

easy and awesome!!! Anyone play dragon city? this is a great dragon: THE ORIGAMI DRAGON!!!

Jo11yGr33n made it! (author)2014-08-26

Pretty awesome!

bramblebee100 (author)2013-09-27

The coolest dragon I've ever seen bro!!! And easy to make too, Nice instructables btw... :)

aruablade (author)2011-10-27

Can you pleass make a clear video. it was hard for me to follow this. I really want to make one.

Raylin_lorac (author)2011-01-20

I think he explained how to do a sink fold nicely actually. There is only so much one can show and tell. Most of the time you just have to see how it should look and work with it until it's how it should be.

sichase96 (author)2010-12-13

wtf, how do you get past picture 17 to 20!! good instructible though!

grinder7896 (author)2010-10-29

hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii i like origami woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooohoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooohoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooohooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

chamster (author)2010-10-08

I can't make it past the step where u make the dog eared thingies on the kite shaped thing! >:(

instruct39 (author)2010-09-21

hey guys, if u like this model u might also like this one

xGoldenHeartsx (author)2010-07-17

I can not for the life of me figure out how you got picture 4 in step three....

jabapyth (author)xGoldenHeartsx2010-07-17

Which part? You turn the model sideways, pull the side flap up, out, and squash it once it reaches a right angle. I hope that helped; if not, check out the video that accompanies this.

bobthebuilder65 (author)2010-05-22

great model. u got anything more complex u could share?

jabapyth (author)bobthebuilder652010-05-24

 yeah...the question is whether I have the time to put it up here =)
I'll see what I can do.

PetBennett (author)2010-05-07

i got bored so i went and made a foot tall one of these. the paper before folding was about 3' by 3'. my first (bright red) one came out horrible so i gave it to one of my friends but my second one (navy blue) was one of the best peices of oragami i've ever done. i got a little crazy with the folds in the neck though.

Lil Sushi (author)2010-02-16

YOU FORGOT TO SAY "Fold the tail as well as the head" ON THE LAST ONE! jk, i'm just so excited to find a really cool origami dragon that I can make by heart. THANKS A LOT! xD

jabapyth (author)Lil Sushi2010-02-16

You're very welcome =) This is one of my favorite models.

corndawg49 (author)jabapyth2010-03-14

 you ROCK. I made the dragon and i love the way it looks

corndawg49 (author)jabapyth2010-03-14

 i can make a dragon without wings so this one is a pretty big change which makes it a lot harder for me to make

corndawg49 (author)jabapyth2010-03-14

i dont understand the 6th instruction of step 3

Lil Sushi (author)jabapyth2010-02-17


corndawg49 (author)2010-03-14

well, actually, after a while they become easy

darman12 (author)2010-01-24

 Pretty sweet...I've made 3 just whenever I feel like it since learning how yesterday!

jabapyth (author)darman122010-01-24

that's the way of it =) i've got like a hundred in my desk

1333jm (author)2010-01-06

This is amazing I think I can make 1,000,000 of them now.

aakarsh1997 (author)2009-12-28

 I didn't understood how you did the step. please make it clear

jabapyth (author)aakarsh19972009-12-28

Thanks for your feedback! Could you specify what about the step you didn't understand? Perhaps the picture number that you found confusing?


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