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Paper Cup Dragon – 10 Minute Crafts

Crevette (6 years 6 months) was delighted when I told him we had been chosen as Bostik ambassadors. Throughout the year, we will receive a box full of crafting goodies. It was a dream come true for Crevette!

You see, my little man is not the sporty type. There are a few after school clubs available at his school, but they at all sports-based. Crevette would much rather attend an arts and crafts or cookery club. He loves nothing more than a little project we can work on together, and he was bubbling with excitement when we opened the parcel together.

Paper Cup Dragon - 10 Minute Crafts - Crafting Supplies from Bosti

Our theme was ‘Chinese New Year’. When I asked my little man what he wanted to make, he went for a dragon. Although I love crafts, my drawing skills are pretty non-existent so we had to be creative with that one!

I wanted to go for a quick crafty activity that would require no specific skill, few materials and could be done in less than ten minutes. We went for a paper cup dragon.


This is what we used:

A gold paper cup


A knife

Red mirror card

Bostik ‘glu dots’

Orange and yellow tissue paper

2 googly eyes

2 green pompoms

PVA glue

Start by cutting a small (about 3cm diameter) hole in the bottom of the paper cup.

Paper Cup Dragon - 10 Minute Crafts - Hole and Spikes

Using a knife, cut a 7 cm slit on the side of the paper cup.

Paper Cup Dragon - 10 Minute Crafts - Slit

Cut a 7×15 cm rectangle of red mirror card and fold it in two (lengthways).

Cut out triangle shapes in the top half to represent spikes. Stick both sides of the spikes together using ‘glu dots’.

Paper Cup Dragon - 10 Minute Crafts - Spikes

Put the spikes through the slit and stick the bottom half of each side of card to the inside of the cup, using ‘glu dots’.

Paper Cup Dragon - 10 Minute Crafts - Attaching the Spikes to the Cup

Cut strips of yellow and orange tissue paper.

Paper Cup Dragon - 10 Minute Crafts - Cutting Strips of Tissue Paper

Stick ‘glu dots’ on the inside of the cup and attach a strip of tissue paper to each, alternating between orange and yellow.

Stick the googly eyes on the pompoms.

Using PVA glue, stick the two pompoms on the cup.  Leave to dry.

Paper Cup Dragon - 10 Minute Crafts

Blow through the hole to see your dragon breathe fire!

Paper Cup Dragon - 10 Minute Crafts - Great Anger Management Tool

Although I have to admit our dragon looks more like a squid than a fierce fire-breathing creature, it was a fun activity and a nice sensory experience for Wriggly, who was mesmerised by the tissue paper as Crevette was blowing.

Paper Cup Dragon - 10 Minute Crafts - a Sensory Experience for Baby

If you have an angry toddler or preschooler (I have two of these at home at the moment!), you could use the dragon as a way to help them calm their anger by taking deep breaths and breathing through the cup more and more gently. Hopefully, calming the dragon will calm them, too. If you can get them to hold the cup without tearing the tissue paper first, that is!

If you are looking for quick and easy activities to try with your children, why not give a go to our toilet paper roll bunnies, reindeer lanterns, finger painting, painting the bath, thumbprint art or try making play dough?

Disclosure: Bostik sent us a selection of crafting supplies free of charge as part of the Tots100/Bostik Craft Bloggers’ Club. All photos and opinions are my own.


  1. Eva
    07/02/2015 / 9:17 am

    C’est génial Mel! Quelle idée adorable ! Je suis fan de ce petit dragon, ton fils se débrouille très bien, c’est un vrai artiste. Bon weekend !

    • Mel
      08/02/2015 / 11:13 pm

      Je l’ai aidé un peu pour couper le gobelet, mais il se débrouille super bien c’est vrai.

  2. 07/02/2015 / 9:50 pm

    Love these – we made dragons today too!

    • Mel
      08/02/2015 / 11:08 pm

      Just read your post. Great minds think alike! We very nearly made lanterns, too!

  3. 09/02/2015 / 10:58 pm

    TOO CUTE!! Pinning it right away 🙂 You’ve done an awesome job on this one, such a funny toy for wriggly too <3

    • Mel
      09/02/2015 / 11:30 pm

      Thanks hun. It was a really quick activity and Crevette was pleased with it, especially when he realised his baby sister found the moving strips of tissue paper absolutely hilarious.

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