Picture of Quick & Easy Chinese Parade Dragon
Several years ago I shared with instructables my Chinese Parade Dragon for Under $75.  You have all been so kind in your comments, messages and over all good cheer. 

When I created that dragon I was working fast, in a hurry and on a budget.  I also was not very good about taking pictures of the construction.

This year I was asked to make a parade dragon for a small part in the play Mulan at the children's summer camp I work for. (This dragon was actually cheaper than my first, costing under $25)   I had 4 hrs to make this all happen, in good news building one before I knew I could do it, in bad news it's not nearly as cool as my first one. 

One day perhaps I'll make a really killer one with super detailed instructions.  In the mean time, let me see if I can't help so many of you who asked me how I made the first one get a better understanding of it's construction.

Let's get started

Step 1: Materials Needed

Picture of Materials Needed
6 to 8 sheets of foam board


Hot Glue Gun

Hot Glue

Box Knife


2 Cans Black spray paint (or base color of your choice)

1 Sky bouncy ball (or knock off version)  Or any hollow ball, I just enjoy those I can see through so I can put glow sticks in them if I wish

Black Acrylic Paint

Other Acrylic paint colors of your choice

1 Twin bed sheet (color of your choice)

Lion Brand Fun Fur Yarn or Bernat Boa Yarn

Rulers/Tape Measure
Luminiael1 year ago

This is a wonderful project! Thank you so much for this instructable! We have been talking about the Chinese New Year coming up on Friday as my husband is from Vietnam and we celebrate Tet. So, for art this week, we had our 12 year old follow the instructions and it became a family project. Needless to say on this rainy afternoon the oldest and youngest boy (6 years) have been dragon dancing around our living room. This morning, they had a blast painting, adding the lion brand fur yarn, cutting out teeth and embellishments has kept them very busy this morning! And of course last night, the better half and the oldest boy assembled the head and even talked about how to possibly make the jaw move. Rick was thinking of using a large brad maybe? I was wondering your thoughts as our middle boy was really wanting to build his own dragon costume maybe over Spring break. Thank you again, and love this project!

poofrabbit (author)  Luminiael1 year ago

So sorry this took me so long to comment back! I do want you to know that when I did log in and read this you made my day, I get to tickled with people use my instructbales! My year has been jam packed and I sadly haven't been on instructbales much at all so I do hope you read this and if you have any pictures of your kiddo's dragons I would LOVE to see them. A brad would possibly work, but it would have to be large. Now what might work better is using some sort of wire, perhaps a clothing hanger that is cut with wire cutters so you kind of make your own brass fastener. Crafting wire might be ok as well, it's bendable and pretty cheap. I only worry that a brass fastener wouldn't hold the jaw. This has my mind spinning with ideas, if I think of something brilliant I will post again! :)

No worries! Just posted a couple shots for you of the finished product. This was our first year trying to home school so I can completely understand about a busy year! The better half helped the boys and I out and the kids did most of the work with the exception of cutting out the pieces. We also added two globe solar lights, one for each eye and my husband made a little cross bar to attach the two. So for the first couple of nights, the dragon actually had glowing eyes! :)

poofrabbit (author)  Luminiael9 months ago

That just plain cool! I still smile when I think about the fact that some kiddos out there made my project, seriously! Love love love it and so glad you posted the pics. If you ever venture into any of my other instructables and make them do share that work!

your partner in education,


Luminiael made it!1 year ago

Dear Poofrabbit, here is a finished product of our dragon :) We surprised my mother-in-law and it was a huge hit! We are also in a home school type partnership with a local school district. My son was so pleased with the results that he took it in to show off to his advisor and she was so impressed! We referred her back to your wonderful instructable :) The dragon costume now rests proudly and safely on top the 12 year old's dresser although the boys and their friends have been taking it out off and on to roam the neighborhood, there has been so much interest from the neighbor kids I'm thinking we might have to make a second dragon or two this Summer for a group neighbor project, get some families together and their kids and have some creative fun! :)

poofrabbit (author)  Luminiael1 year ago

Oh my goodness that turned out so nicely! Tell your children they get an A+ from this art teacher!! I deeply appreciate you taking the time to not only write but to post pictures, you really did just make my day!! Keep me posted if you make more!!!

kde leon31 year ago
wow! this is so cool! I love dragons!! good job! :)
poofrabbit (author)  kde leon31 year ago
Thank you!
poofrabbit (author)  kde leon31 year ago
Thanks so much!
nice dragon costume there.
poofrabbit (author)  jessyho8620131 year ago
That looks like it could easily be modified for a horse costume! The costume class at my next horse show should be awesome! :D
poofrabbit (author)  ginger200371 year ago
Oh yes it could easily be made into a horse! If you do it please show and tell. :)
jujubee312 years ago
R u an art teacher u seem Like one if u r I want u as my art teacher!! :D
poofrabbit (author)  jujubee312 years ago
I am an art teacher :)
jenengjen2 years ago
I like the details! Neato project, I like the fort idea for later... That would be the head on the Pirate's ship!
poofrabbit (author)  jenengjen2 years ago
Yes, I could see it all spread out and the head being at the top of the fort being all enter if you dare. :)
I love the dragon, but I REALLY love those hand painted backdrops. :D
poofrabbit (author)  jessyratfink2 years ago
Hey thanks! Our set design class worked on those, the kids have so much fun at camp creating things for the play. (Even the big kids like me!)