Dragon Paper Plate Drum

Crafting the Year of the Dragon paper plate drum isn’t just simple, it’s also fun to play with. Prepare to make some noise and enjoy this exciting new craft idea for Chinese New Year!

Dragon Paper Plate Drum

Skill Level

Beginner. Adult supervision needed

Time to Make

30 Minutes + Drying Time

Adult Supervision Needed


How to Make

  1. Take a small paper plate and turn it over so the white side is facing upwards. Then cover it with a coat of red paint. Leave it to dry. Repeat this with another small paper plate and add another coat to both if needed.
  2. Once the paint is dry, use the gold deco pen to draw the silhouette of a dragon onto the centre of one of the plates.
  3. Use a black pen to write ‘2024’ above the dragon, and a yellow deco pen to draw lines around the edge of the plate.
  4. Cut two pieces of yellow wool about 20cm long. Tie a knot in the end of each one and thread some yellow and red beads onto them.
  5. Take the other paper plate that you painted in step 1 and put double sided tape all the way around the inside edge. Then stick each piece of wool onto either side.
  6. Stick a yellow wooden craft stick at the bottom and then place the other paper plate over the top. Gently squeeze around the edges to make sure the two plates have stuck together.
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Top Tip

If the gold deco pen feels like it is running out of ink, put the lid on and shake it a few times, then press down the nib to release more paint.