Dragon Parade Float – Free Pattern Download

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Dragon Parade FloatI have been getting a lot of requests on how to make this tabletop Dragon Parade Float I created for my Mardi Gras TV segment.  This is a small version of a Mardi Gras float that makes a fun decoration for a festive Mardi Gras party. It is made from reused and inexpensive things from the craft store. I have step-by-step instructions and a free pattern download below. I had to figure out how to transform my hand-drawn design into a printable pattern because it is larger than a standard 8-1/2 x 11 sheet of paper. I decided to make two versions of my dragon parade float design, one that fits on a regular 8-1/2 x 11 sheet of paper and another one that is two sheets of paper that are taped together to make the larger, full-size version. If you have any questions or need help with this design, let me know. I will be happy to help! 

Click here to watch my Mardi Gras TV segment so you can see how I made the design.

Materials used to make the Dragon Parade Float

  • White Foam Board
  • Bright Colored Acrylic Paint
  • Dimensional Paint (I used 3D Fabric paint but it worked)
  • Colored Foam Sheets (Green and Purple)
  • 1 Long Black Bead (for the eye)
  • Fabric Flowers
  • Metallic Tissue
  • Felt Sheets
  • Cardboard Box (for the float stand)
  • Craft Glue
  • Hot Glue Gun

Here is how I made the Dragon Parade Float

I drew the dragon head and tail but you don’t have to draw it, you can download my pattern here.

Here is the full sized version. Print on 8-1/2 x 11 sheets of paper and fit together to create the full sized dragon pattern.

This is a smaller version of the dragon pattern that will print on an 8-1/2 x 11 sheet of paper

Cut out the pattern.

Trace the pattern on to the white foam board. Cut out the design with a craft or X-Acto knife.


Paint the head and the tail with colorful acrylic paint. I painted the scales freehand and just added extra color on the tail and spine for accent. It doesn’t have to be perfect. The more abstract, the better it looks.

Draw lines of the 3 Dimensional paint to the scales, around the eyes and horn to add texture to your dragon. Glue a black bead to his eye to make him come alive.



Glue the head and tail to the top of the box with a glue gun. Cover with felt, flowers and metallic tissue.


To create the wing, cut out the pattern and trace it onto craft foam. Paint scales on the wing as show with 3Dimensional paint.


Here it is, your fun and festive Dragon Parade Float. Please contact me if you need any help with this project.











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