The Chinese New Year celebration is just around the corner, and this year the feature animal is a dragon. The imaginary animal is fifth in the Chinese Zodiac and is linked with the element wood in the year 2024. So naturally, wood products are incorporated in this Chinese New Year dragon craft.
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Dragon Craft Supplies
The supplies in this spectacular dragon craft are:
- wood sample chips
- wiggly eye
- 11-inch x 14-inch sturdy paper
- Asian coin play money
- white glue and glue paddle
- pencil and scissors
The Chinese New Year Dragon Craft
For this woodsy dragon, I enlarged a dragon necklace pattern, a free printable on the blog. I used it to cut out the head, legs, and tail from a sheet of course sandpaper.
Small rectangular wood sample chips, donated from a hardware store, make up the curvy body.
Gold Asian play coins add glitz to the design.
The creative invitation makes a unique transient art activity. Or the supplies can be glued onto a large piece of sturdy paper using white glue and a glue paddle.
Variations Of The Dragon Craft
Instead of using wood sample chips, rectangles cut from wood-themed scrapbook paper would work beautifully.
Circles cut or punched from metallic or glitter gold cardstock could serve as the play money.
The entire project would look equally stunning made from one or more colors of construction paper.
The Chinese New Year dragon craft is a great fit for Lunar New Year 2024. Since dragons are part of the celebrations every year, it could become an annual project.
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© Annette Kaminsky February 7, 2024
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