Monday, December 29, 2014

New Year's Kids Confetti and Dragon Craft!

Save all of your scrap paper from Christmas. Don't throw away all that wrapping paper this year! We do this craft every year and it is great for the little ones. Save your paper and let the little ones cut out different confetti shapes and then they can throw it all over come New Year's! Also, check out these New Year Chinese Dragons the little ones will love this craft!

Materials
The dozens of toilet paper tubes were cut in half  and paper towel tubes were cut into sixths.
Poked holes in all the cup bottoms with an old seam ripper. You can also use scissors or a tack.
Cut a piece of yarn about 12-14 inches and double knot the end. Start threading first a cup, then a tube, cup, then tub, etc. until you’ve threaded all 6 or 7 cups. The last cup does not need a tube. Double knot the end.
When I first started making them, I used 7 cups (and 6 tubes) per dragon, but quickly switched to 6 cups (and 5 tubes) so I could make more dragons.
After strung together I hole-punched the first cup near the rim, and the third to last cup.
Then I cut two strings in equal length in the desired length you’d like your puppet to hang.
Tie a tight double knot to of one of the strings to the first hole-punched hole of the first cup. This is going to be the head of the dragon.
Tie the other end of the string to a stick. I used free paint stirrers from Home Depot. They were very nice about giving me a large quantity.
Do the same with the second string except tie one end to the third to last cup and the other end to the stick/paint stirrer.
Now it’s time to decorate. I printed out dragon faces on colored paper to be glued or taped to the head.
I also taped strips of cray paper to the bottom of the cups.
About 4-5 strips per cup.
And that’s it.
A Mighty Dragon Puppet!
This is courtesy of http://www.sturdyforcommonthings.com/2012/01/chinese-new-year-storytime/ thank you so much for this really cool craft!


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5 comments

  1. This is such a cute idea. Will keep the kids busy and crafting for a long time.

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  2. This looks so fun to do with a preschooler

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  3. So trying this! What a fun idea for Chinese New Year!

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  4. The Chinese dragon craft is a great idea. I think this is so cute and creative! Recycling mailing tubes and paper towel tubes into a fun toy is a great idea. mailing tubes

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  5. Love it! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

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