Making Paper Dragon - Safira




Today I'm going to show you how I made a dragon using mostly paper. If you want to see a video instead this instructable here is the link :


Step 1: Step : 1 : Making Skeleton

Make a skeleton using wire. Because I wanted it to stand straight I put a piece of iron on its tail.

Step 2: Step : 2 : Making the Body

Take a piece of newspapers and put it on the skeleton and secure it with tape, or you can use more dirty way : take a strip of newspapers dipped in glue and wrap it around.

Step 3: Step : 3 : Making the Tools

English is not my mother language so I don't know how to call it ... it's a tool that is used to make holes in paper.

First choose some piece of iron plate - I used the one from old computer housing. Now cut a piece about 10 cm long and 3 cm wide. Sharpen one of the ends. Put it with a metal rod to the "clamp" and using a hammer - bend it. Now take it out and put it as shown on the picture. Take the rod and start pulling it up and meanwhile tighten the "clamp" - you might need some help at this point.

Step 4: Step : 4 : Making Scales

Take the tool you have just made and start making scales from the edge of paper - put it into the position and smash it a few times with a hammer. Take a piece of something and push the scales out...

Step 5: Step : 5 : Gluing Scales

Now take your scales and using hot glue gun glue it in place. Start from the end of the tail and continue upwards. I left the head and the end of the tail without scales because I wanted to make smaller tool for smaller scales.

Step 6: Step : 6 : Finishing the Scales

First I made an eye : I drew it on a paper, cover it with a few layers of duct tape, because of shine, and finally I cut it out and glue it to the dragon. Than I finished the head and tail with smaller scales.

Step 7: Step : 7 : Making Wings

Sorry about that but I first painted it up and after that I made the wings so now forget the painting... First cut out piece of paper in the shape of the wings. Glue them to the wires and cover them up with long scales (by extending the cut lines). Make a few rows on the wings.

Step 8: Step : 8 : Painting

Now comes the part I'm proud of - painting. First of all paint the dragon with light blue, the belly with lighter blue and the wings with even lighter blue. Now take a white colour and using very dry brush just lightly cover the dragon. This will highlights the ends of scales. Unfortunatelly this step doesn't work on the wings .. Trust me I tried it and I had to paint it again - for the wings take a piece of sponge and manually highlight the ends of each scale on the wing.

Step 9: Step : 9 : Details

Make horns and claws using some hardening material and the thorns using twisted paper... I didn't use that material because I was scared of breaking. Now just glue it to the dragon and paint it white.
At the really end spray it with a few layers of clear coat and you are done !! Enjoy !!!

Step 10: Some Photos of My Dragon :

If you like it leave a comment - I really like reading all comments. Thanks for your attention and I hope you liked it. If you want to see a video instead this instructable here is the link :



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    Reply 8 months ago

    But Saphira had leather Wings, no feathers on them (in the book) IDK about the film, didn't see it and I'm glad, because I heard it's s**t and if IT was even the best film ever, i don't want to break my imaginations


    Reply 8 months ago

    You are right I came out from the film. It is not even remotely near the quality of the book but if you take it just like a fantasy film it is not so bad.


    Reply 9 months ago

    Did not come to your mind the fact that the same name and exact same photos might mean that I put it also on youtube? Anyway thanks for pointing that out if it was not me I would be glad you told me.

    Btw the link to the exact same video is in the final step :)


    2 years ago

    This is AWESOME! Thank you so much for posting!!!

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    3 years ago

    This really helped me out! I have to make a lightweight dragon for a wig- headpiece thing I'm making, and I wasn't sure exactly how but this looks like it would work perfectly! Thanks, mate!! :)

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    Reply 3 years ago

    I am glad that this helped you. Be sure to put here a picture of your finished project once you are done.


    3 years ago on Introduction

    Excellent model. Your English is very good. I could understand all the instructions.

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