I wanted to make a sign out of the Red Dragon, so proceeded to cut the letters out of cardboard, made a new, larger circle, changed the eyes and added...
Here, as a follow up to Make A Cardboard Dragon!, I have added this instructable to fill any voids left in aforementioned tutorial. Essentially all the same steps were followed, and have included pictures showing all steps.
Step 1: Gather Materials and Tools
All the usual paper and cardboard working tools are needed. Colored paper, scissors, cardboard, glue, acrylic paint. And time...lots of time.
Step 2: Cut Out Cardboard Parts First
Draw the head and other parts onto cardboard, following the pictured templates. I have shown sizes to make this step easy. I use the bandsaw, but they can be cut with scissors and or a craft knife or scapel.
Step 3: Glue These parts together as Shown
Just follow the picture image notes, and you will have the foundation of the dragon, ready for painting and embellishment(s).
Step 4: Cut Out The Cardboard Circle Now.
I made my circle about 23 inches in diameter. It was easy to cut on the bandsaw. This needs to be primed, and both sides will need to be covered. If done now, paint will be dry when you are ready to put the final coat on towards the end.
Step 5: Prime All Cardboard Parts
This probably isn't necessary, but I like to do it as it gives brighter colors on the final product.
Step 6: Paint Primed Cardboard Parts
For this dragon, I chose a bright red paint. Apply so that coverage is total, and allow to dry. Next, paint the scales on the dragon by diluting your base red with a pale yellow. Use a 1/4 inch "scruffy" brush and just dab on in the pattern shown. Practice a little, but the goal is to put just enough color on the dragon to simulate scales. Do not pat them on in a straight line, rather make semi-circular patterns to contour the areas you are working on.
Step 7: Cut out Head "Fins"...
These are the parts that surround the dragon...I guess you would call them "fins"...they're fan fins! Fold the pieces of paper by scoring first, and then alternate with a "valley" fold and a "mountain" fold. Your results should look like those pictured.