Dragon Boat Festival

Simple Dragon Boat
A simple dragon boat starring a Lanka Kade Dragon, wading through a play board made with Tiny Land Sea Wood Stains, backdrop is a Grimm’s Giant Rainbow.

Today is Dragon Boat Festival 龙舟节直译 (in China 端午节 or Duanwu Festival). For most this means it is time to make zongzi (粽子), but around the world it is better known for the dragon boat racing. I’m going to show you how to fold a quick boat that you can then craft into the more elaborate boat shown above.

What you’ll need:

1. An A4 piece of paper or card
2. Some glue, we recommend Tiny Land Natural Paper Glue
3. Some paint, we recommend Tiny Land Wonderpaints
4. Scissors and paintbrushes.

Part 1: The body of the Dragon Boat

Simple Dragon Boat
Creating a simple Dragon Boat
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Start with a piece of A4
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To make your A4 paper square, fold a triangle and then fold the remainder over. Serrate the edge to make it easy to tear off.
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The remainder tears off
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We are left with a square. This is a great trick as a lot of crafts need a square piece of paper!
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Fold the paper in half
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With the fold on the bottom, fold it in half again.
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Open the fold and fold the bottom corners in.
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Fold the first layer of the top corners in.
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Flip the paper over.
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Fold the top corners of the paper down.
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Fold the layer of paper down.
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Turn it over and fold the other down. At this point you can glue the paper if you wish to make it sturdier, but it’s not essential.
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Et voila! A simple dragon boat that you can decorate.

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Part 2: Decorating and Creating Oars

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Remember that bit we tore off earlier? We can use it to make oars.
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Roll the paper over, then cut a bit off. It isn’t important to keep them round as we will flatten to glue.
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Roll the paper over, then cut a bit off. It isn’t important to keep them round as we will flatten to glue.
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Spread glue along one edge and flatten to dry. Repeat to make 6 oars.
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While we wait for the glue to dry, we can start decorating the boat. Dragon scales are traditional as there is usually a dragon head on the boat. But why not be more elaborate?!
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After the glue is dry, we can round the oars again and make slits. With the leftover paper cut into 6 squares/rectangles, then these slot into the slits. You can glue to stabilise them.
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To glue the oars to the boat, I’ve folded back the top and flattened. You can temporarily hold the oars to the dragon boat with a paper clip or peg while the glue dries.
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And there you go, 6 oars on the dragon boat, 3 on each side. this will help the boat freestand.

 

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