I have a fun and simple craft for you today – a printable marionette dragon puppet! You likely have all the things you need for it around the house. You just need to print out the template below and get started.
- Paper – regular printer paper worked best for this project
- Pieces of strong cardboard
- Yarn or string
- Hole punch
- Click here to download the free printable dragon marionette puppet template.
If you are a teacher and are unable to access the printable in Google Drive due to your district’s settings, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send the PDF directly to you.
You can watch the full video tutorial here, or follow along with the instructions below.
Color and cut out the pieces.
Glue the head together.
Attach the nose and the neck to the head.
Glue the wings, tail, and neck to the body.
Glue the belly together.
Punch holes at the base of the head, base of the tale, and one each wing, where the circles are.
Cut 4 pieces of yarn. Make them a good length and you can adjust and trim as needed once it’s time to attach them to the cardboard. Tie a piece of string to each wing.
For the head and tale, thread the yarn through the hole and then tape it to the underside of the dragon.
Now that we have the string attached to our puppet, we need some sticks. So go grab one of those cardboard boxes I know you probably have lying around your house.
Cut out two strips from strong cardboard, one slightly shorter than the other. Mine were 11 inches long (for the head and tail strings) and 12 inches long (for the wing strings).
Punch a hole near the end of each one.
Attach the strings from your dragon to the cardboard using the shorter piece for the head and tail, then the longer piece for the wings. Adjust the lengths of your string as needed until you’re happy with how the dragon hangs from the cardboard.
And there you have it…a dragon marionette puppet! He was so excited when he finally got to play with it.
So if your kiddos love dragons and you, too, don’t have many in your neck of the woods, I hope you enjoy this fun little craft. At the very least you’ll use up part of one of your cardboard boxes, and you may even make your kiddos day with a fun craft they can play with.
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