As a general rule, I don’t plan out my crafts. I have really tried to be organised and plan months in advance but I think my years as a primary school teacher entirely put me off a planned approach to being creative! To me, part of the beauty of creativity is being inspired and just going with the flow. Take Derek the Dragon here, he was created because I came across some rather magnificent dragon googly eyes in Riot Art & Craft.
If you want to make your own, please use this post as a guide rather than a definitive ‘how to.’ You may have different recycled materials at hand which will change the shape.
As you may know by now, we are big fans of recycled crafts and if you’re a parent of young kids, I really encourage you to keep anything that might be useful. Derek here is made from a nappy box, an empty washing powder carton, that random ridged packaging that electrical goods usually come in (in this case a blender!) and two takeaway coffee cups!
Derek was a time consuming build, so I recommend you make him over a weekend or during the school holidays. You’ll definitely need time for paint to dry and glue to set!
To make your own dragon:
- Assemble all of the boxes/ materials you want to use to see if they work. My original idea didn’t quite fit so I had to use other resources.
- Whilst Derek was painted then glued, i’d recommend assembling with masking/ gaffer tape first (our little low-temp glue gun didn’t quite hold up his weight!)
- Once you’ve chosen the base colour of your dragon, use foam dabbers for quick coverage. We actually used 3 different colour reds to give Derek a more mottled look.
- Leave to dry and paint again. Depending on the type of box used, you may need to paint the base colour again – if not, go onto the next step!
- Choose some complimentary colours to stiple over the top. We selected greens and golds for Derek.
- Attach eyes, horns and other loose parts with a glue gun.
- Choose details like the box lids to create the dragons frills (a craft knife is a good option here.)
- Stare wondrously at the magnificent creation you’ve made!
If you’d rather bypass the words, here’s a general photo guide…
If you make your own version of Derek, I would LOVE to see! Either post in the comments below or tag me in on Instagram/ Facebook.