How to Make An Origami Dragon

How to Make An Origami Dragon

If you’re looking for an unusual project which will provide hours of fun (and a unique gift) at the same time, this origami dragon is for you! With just a few simple folds, you can make your own origami dragon which will have your friends and family members really impressed.

This project is for advanced origami enthusiasts. Make sure to know the basics before attempting this project, such as how to follow an instruction set and how to determine the proper fold from diagrams. The good news is that this origami dragon isn’t too complicated! It will take a little bit of time and effort, but you’ll end up with something that you’ll have a blast making.

Origami Background

Origami means “folding paper,” and it comes from Japan. For centuries, Japanese artists and mathematicians have been folding paper in intricate ways. Today, origami is still popular in Japan and many other countries for a variety of purposes. For example, many people like to make artsy animals using origami. Others fold money trees for friends and family members as gifts on special occasions. Still others use the art of origami to keep busy when traveling or waiting in line.

Origami dragons are one of the most popular kinds of origami being made today. They’re easy to make and great for kids to create. The most popular origami dragon is the dinosaur origami dragon which is usually printed on a red background. Just like the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, these dragons come in all sorts of colors and patterns. You can also see origami dragon projects that are anthropomorphic, or animal-like.

Origami Dragon Project

This particular origami dragon is a basic one, meaning it doesn’t have any difficult folds involved. It does take some time and patience, but it’s really not too tough. This origami dragon is a great way to get started with origami, because it is easy to follow the instructions.

You’ll need an 8.5 x 11-inch sheet of paper, such as construction paper. Start by folding the page horizontally and vertically, forming four squares on each side of the paper. Open each square out a bit and check to see if the paper looks like a diamond. Once you have the diamonds on each side of the paper, start diagonally folding the outer edges of each square towards the middle. When all four squares are folded and connected, unfold your paper and it should look something like this:

From here, it gets a little more difficult to explain without showing you picture diagrams. It will be good for you to either have someone showing you this project or a book with pictures that show the folds. But if you’re ambitious and feel like giving it your best shot, here goes:

Start folding some edges on the right-hand side of the paper towards the center. Keep folding until only one of the flaps is left, as shown in the image below:

Next, fold this flap down to make a triangle:

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Now, use the index finger of your hand to push in on this triangle. This will form a small square. Use your thumb and index finger to grab the flaps of this square and pull them back, as shown below:

A flat edge will be formed between these two flaps. Fold this into the center of the square. Now, you’re going to fold the left flap over itself, so that it lies on top of one of the corners in the middle section (which is where you want to end up). The picture below shows what it should look like once you’ve done this.

Video Tutorial on How to Make An Origami Dragon with Photos

If you are a visual learner, the video below is a very helpful tutorial because it shows exactly how to fold the dragon. Watch closely, as each step is very important when folding this paper.


We hope you had fun making your origami dragon with us. If it did not turn out correctly on the first try, don’t worry and try again, practicing and learning new methods is part of the fun of this great hobby.

This origami dragon is a great way to get started with origami, because it is easy to follow the instructions.

If you really liked this origami dragon project, learn more about origami in our Getting Started With Origami guide.

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