Cardboard Roll Dragon Craft

I don’t know about your household, but we go through quite a few toilet rolls. And rarely are they placed in the bin once they’re empty. They will be put back in the toilet roll storage or left on the window OR just left as is on the holder. I often keep the empty cardboard rolls for craft activities and this textured paper dragon craft will use up a few of those rolls if each kid in your house makes one.

textured dragon paper roll craft

Fun For

  • Creative Play
  • Imaginative Play
  • All the family to enjoy and make together
  • Sensory Play


  • Cardboard Rolls
  • Orange, Green and Red Paper
  • Googly eyes
  • Pom Poms (2 medium, 2 small)
  • Scissors
  • Craft Glue
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Paint

Note: If you want to make this activity more simple, you can simply wrap the rolls in coloured paper rather than paint.

dragon craft materials


1. Wrap the green paper around your cardboard roll and fasten with sticky tape.

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2. Add a bubble wrap layer to act as the dragon’s ‘scales’. Use sticky tape to stick together.
textured dragon paper roll craft
3. Paint the bubble wrap green (or whatever your choice). My girls wanted orange dragons so they painted their rolls orange. Set the rolls aside to dry.
paint the roll
paint the roll
4. Once the paint is dry, glue eyes on the medium pom poms and glue these to the back of the roll. Glue the smaller pom poms to the front of the roll to act as the nostrils.
textured dragon paper roll craft
5. Cut strips of orange and red paper, and use the scissors to curl the ribbon.
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6. Attach the curled ribbon inside the roll, near the nostrils, to act as flames.
textured dragon paper roll craft
My girls have LOVED playing with their dragons. They were adamant about creating ‘girl’ dragons hence the orange colour and eyelashes on one dragon. It kind of looks like Hank the octopus from Finding Dory.
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Instead of rolled paper, you could use strips of crepe paper so when kids blow through the roll, their dragon looks to be blowing out fire. 

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