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This instructable will show you how to fold an origami dragon. This winged dragon is made from only one sheet of paper and is relatively easy to make (compared to some of the other origami dragons out there). This model starts out from a bird base, so if you have ever folded an origami crane, the first few steps will be familiar to you.

I have included a video and origami directions with descriptions of each step. I have also added a PDF of the diagrams.

Step 1: What you need

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You can use any paper that you like; origami paper, printer paper, tissue paper etc. I like shiny paper for making dragons, if you don't have any you can use the wrapper from a chocolate bar.

If you are not using origami paper or paper that is perfectly square you will need scissors to cut it.

Making a square
To make a square from a rectangular piece of paper, fold the bottom left corner up to meet the top edge and cut off the bit of paper that is left over (see images below).
calston made it!2 days ago
I tried.
Jabez MelkiB2 months ago

These are just great! I've seen these a few times before but didn't know how to make them. The instructions were really clear, especially the pics.

ChrysN (author)  Jabez MelkiB2 months ago


Wow! These are THE BEST instructions I have seen on how to make a dragon. After looking for good instructions I have finally found them. Thanks!

Volcora2 years ago
Some thoughts:
Amazing, you are very descriptive in your instructions, so that makes it infinitely easier for many people to make this astounding design.
The pictures where great too, especially with the little diagrams. I have not checked out the video yet, but if I get stuck, that's what I'll refer to.
Great job, keep up the work!
ChrysN (author)  Volcora2 years ago
Thank you!
This is so COOL!!!!!! Took a while to realise S.3 but after that was flying. After trying loads of sites this was definitely THE BEST :-))) what a great dragon

ChrysN (author)  HorseyLove212 years ago
oburton14 years ago
ugh, I can't view it because i'm not a pro member! jeez, i just want to download a pdf!
i could before i set up my account
Hey awesome finishing design just found it quite difficult to see you doing the head cause ur hands were in the way and it was so tiny but great finishing design
ChrysN (author)  Chocoholic1543 years ago
Thanks, hopefully the diagrams for the head are more helpful.
Polina223 years ago
So easy and the finishing product is a beauty.
ChrysN (author)  Polina223 years ago
Thanks, glad you like it!
zap80054 years ago
instead of cutting the paper with scissors u can just lick the bottom of the fold & tear it
ChrysN (author)  zap80054 years ago
That's smart!
zap8005 ChrysN4 years ago
it also makes a neater fold compared to scissors
After ages of going around websites trying to make an origami dragon I have finally done it thanks to you!
Albeit it is using 6cm by 6cm paper so I had to sacrifice an open mouth on mine, looks amazing though!
abc123haha4 years ago
I loved the instructions and the result! It ended up really good and having the video with the diagrams was useful.
ChrysN (author)  abc123haha4 years ago
Thanks I'm glad you liked it!
moxiepurple4 years ago
This was my first attempt at origami, it turned out pretty good I think. I tried to upload a picture three times with my comment, but when I press post comment it takes me to the top of the comments and nothing happens. So, I wish I could show you my picture of your instructable!
ChrysN (author)  moxiepurple4 years ago
That's awesome, most people start with something simple like a crane.
I have no use for a crane, and dragons are much cooler. Thank you for the Instructable!
i love this dragon! It's totally awesome! I have done much harder Origami and easier but this beats all of them! So nice,easy to understand with the pics too! This dragon is kinda familiar.maybe it's my thinking but it looks a lot like Draco from Bakugan!
ChrysN (author)  sweerasooriya4 years ago
Thanks! I'm actually not familiar with Bakugan, Draco looks really cool, (after looking it up on Google.)
Thank you very much for posting this. I used to like Origami when I was a kid, and there was a time when my world was full of cranes and frogs and flowers, all made of folded paper.

This instructable re-awoke the interest for a while and now I have a selection of dragons made out of folded chocolate paper.

ChrysN (author)  Dream Dragon4 years ago
I'm glad! I was like that as a kid too.
nightsouled4 years ago
Awesome instructable for a relatively advanced origami model.

The head variations helped a lot too! I already knew about them, but I could never get the open mouth right. Your instructable was the only place where I learned to do it right.

Oh, you should also try pleating the wings instead of curving them, they look more dragon-like in my opinion. ;)
ChrysN (author)  nightsouled4 years ago
beeleigh6 years ago
omg i can't believe it worked! i suck at making stuff with paper. i can make fortune tellers, water bombs, and sherikins. that's about it. but this is awesome!
Beeleigh, Do you know how to make the donut sheriken that when it's pulled out, it forms a donut, and when you push it in, it forms a shreiken?
It's Shurikens not sherikins...and this is AWESOME! I used a huge sheet and it was awesome!
FrozenIce5 years ago
 i tried it  and it flew !!!

It flooped to the ground for me. I didn't make it very well. The most complex thing i have ever made is a crane and a chicken.
ChrysN (author)  FrozenIce5 years ago
It flew? I never tried throwing it.
caityjay5 years ago
I cannot for the life of me figure out what's going on in Step 21. This is an AMAZING tutorial, so I can't help but feel I'm messing up somewhere.... I'm stumped when I try to pull the neck down, because there are 5 edges inside the neck, and the center one is attached to the body (if I pulled down on the neck, it would rip). Any idea what's going on there? I can make cranes in my sleep, so I think perhaps I've unconsciously taken the crane steps one too far somewhere...? Not sure. Anyway, this is a fantastic 'ible, thanks so much!
ChrysN (author)  caityjay5 years ago

If you look at the diagram at crease #1 you do a mountain fold and at crease#2 do a valley fold. It is actually called an outside crimp fold if you check out this page.

I hope that helps, did you check out the video.
caityjay ChrysN5 years ago
OH, okay, yes, I see now! I was just trying to make it far more complicated than it actually is. Thanks so much for taking the time to help me out! Again, this is a GREAT instructable!
ChrysN (author)  caityjay5 years ago
Thanks, glad I can help.
100%dragon5 years ago
Excuse me, but I couldn't find the video for this! I looked on the frist page, unless you mean the page where all the steps are. But I'm only a free member so I can't go that page. Where on the page is it? I'm new to this site. ( In fact, this is my first day!)
ChrysN (author)  100%dragon5 years ago
It's the mpg file on the Intro page, I think you should be able to see it if you are logged in.
Very nice and easy to follow once you can see the diagrams. Dragons are definitely my favorite thing to make :D
ChrysN (author)  xGoldenHeartsx5 years ago
i dont get it  i am not  a member but i am  interested in origami stuff
ChrysN (author)  jeancarlos_13135 years ago
What part are you having trouble with?
MAANNIK5 years ago
thank you boy!its loooks to cool.lol and it is a good show piece also!
only girls say lol it also means lots of love and laugh out loud did you no?
 how to call him a boy if you are but a boy yourself...

I read your instructions looked at your viedo and tryed it but i could not get it right then at last it worked i finlly got  the body part! :] :[ :} :{ ;] ;[ ;} ;{

this is something to occupy someone whos willing to learn something new so thank you
kurigo1235 years ago
Thanks man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I've done it already.....
Zooie3vi15 years ago
Thank you for such thorough instructions. I haven't done much origami in the past but this made it easy.
CafeLatte5 years ago
I did it! Thanks so much! Your instructions are great!
ChrysN (author)  CafeLatte5 years ago
tomtomjiji5 years ago
I am a handy man so it is VERY easy.
Ebag1236 years ago
Also, When I do the wings, I dont Curl them, I do something like making a paper fan, except a little different with alternate foldings along the sides. Also, I fold the two little humps on the inside insideout towards the body so they're invisible. It just makes it look cooler. Try it out.
ChrysN (author)  Ebag1236 years ago
Sounds cool!
Ebag1236 years ago
Great instructions. The words mean nothing to some people while doing origami, so adding words and pictures helps people with all learning differences. Loves it.
ChrysN (author)  Ebag1236 years ago
Thanks, I'm one of those people who have trouble with just written instructions, that's why I like to have lots of pictures!
Ebag1236 years ago
When ever I work with the head, it always manages to be lopsided :-/ I m not the best creaser and certaintly not the most graceful, however every time I do this, I make sure I am spot on and it is still lopsided!
I loved it! This is actually the first origami peice I've made without messing up! It was very simple instructions and I enjoyed the final product.
ChrysN (author)  cluelessperson6 years ago
Cool, I'm glad you liked it.
captomighty6 years ago
Wait...how does this step work?
ChrysN (author)  captomighty6 years ago
There is a video too, if you are having trouble with any of the steps. The video is on the first page.
cornrun6 years ago
difficult to make, the instructions were very clear, the end product was very good, I wonder if i could make a spiked tail.
this is AWSOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
telluric6 years ago
Awesome instructable! I've been wanting to do origami dragons for a while. Easy to follow instructions on an otherwise difficult model. Thanks :D:D:D
ChrysN (author)  telluric6 years ago
Aarosen6 years ago
It was a great tutorial! Most of the others were almost impossible to understand, and they didn't have any words. mostly pictures.
inergy6 years ago
i've made other dragons about 20 atleast this is BY FAR the BEST one
ChrysN (author)  inergy6 years ago
Wow, thanks!
this was an awesome dragon!!! i LOVED it!!! :D
ChrysN (author)  melted cookies ROCK!6 years ago
this is very hard but it is also very rewarding!!! :D
laffarsmith6 years ago
Fantastic! I just wanted to turn my Easter Egg wrapping into a little purple dragon but some of the tutorials online were complex and created so many folds the foil would be tearing. These simple steps and the detailed pictures walked me through every step and the result? A beautiful purple and silver dragon. Thank you!
ChrysN (author)  laffarsmith6 years ago
I'm glad you like it!
Thank you so much for these instructions! I wanted to make this for a friend of mine because he loves dragons, but all the instructions I found for this exact same diagram were not clear enough for me to follow. I especially had trouble with the reverse folding, but your pictures made it so much easier to understand (e.x. - the inferior view ones). Thanks again!
Orig6 years ago
Really cool... I love dragons and origami this was the first origami dragon I made!!!
ChrysN (author)  Orig6 years ago
Actually, i know a SIMPLER one WITH HIND LEGS!!!! Ill make a 'ible so u can see!
ChrysN (author)  thedragonmaster6 years ago
Cool, I'd love to see it!
Cool dragon, I've been looking for a relatively simple one with wings. This one was perfect!
ChrysN (author)  lolwtfpirates6 years ago
w1l50n14046 years ago
Hey! Why don't you try mine? Well it's pretty hard though!
w1l50n14046 years ago
Wow! It's a great dragon model! I love it! Have you try Charles Esseltine's Dragon? It's quiet hard but really awesome!
ChrysN (author)  w1l50n14046 years ago
Yes, Charles Esseltine's Dragon is pretty amazing!
cathyblac6 years ago
Thanks very much for posting this!! I was feeling crafty and needed something with minimal supplies and this was it. Thanks again!!
ChrysN (author)  cathyblac6 years ago
That's the great thing about origami, you just need paper.
Jahoovi6 years ago
do want me to post a very very difficult oragami dragon?
ChrysN (author)  Jahoovi6 years ago
Sure, I know there are some really amazing dragon models out there.
I made one, but it was terrible. :P I used your video for most of it, then the instructions for the face and whatnot. I really like the color you used in the images. Nice work, and keep on truckin'!
brainwise6 years ago
Very nice. I like it!
shooby6 years ago
Nicely done, and great choice of material.
ChrysN (author)  shooby6 years ago