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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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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