➽ 𝗠𝗔𝗞𝗘 𝗬𝗢𝗨𝗥 𝗢𝗪𝗡 𝗣𝗔𝗣𝗘𝗥 𝗗𝗥𝗔𝗚𝗢𝗡!
Dragon lover and fantasy fan, this printable PDF pattern turns into a 3D paper dragon that you will be soon displaying in your kid's room. Cool, eh?
Get ready to be the coolest parent ever! You are going to see a big smile on their face and twinkle in their eyes!
➽ 𝗘𝗔𝗦𝗜𝗘𝗥 𝗧𝗢 𝗠𝗔𝗞𝗘 𝗧𝗛𝗔𝗡 𝗜𝗧 𝗟𝗢𝗢𝗞𝗦...
Surprisingly, this is a good choice for a first-timer: any adult or any teen from 12 can put this paper sculpture together. All you need is a healthy dose of time and patience. Team up with your teen and divide up tasks if you feel more like it!
After printing the files on your own A4/US Letter cardstock, cut where you are asked to cut, fold where you are asked to fold, glue where you are asked to glue. Simple as that! The angles will magically take shape, as you will see!
After a couple of minutes, you will get the hang of it. Soon you will see the head grow before your eyes, then the horns, then the neck, etc.
And after several hours of mindfulness, when you hang it on the wall, you will feel as proud as when you finish assembling a piece of furniture by a famous Swedish brand.
I will take you through the entire process with detailed tips and tricks and illustrated, step-by-step instructions.
But the pattern has been made so intuitive that you are likely to drop the instructions altogether and finish your sculpture without them.
➽ 𝗔𝗕𝗢𝗨𝗧 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗠𝗢𝗗𝗘𝗟
This geometric dragon has removable wings that you can display in different postions.
It is majestic and impressive - not childish and yet, children and teens love it!
When the pattern is printed on A4/Letter, the dragon is already rather big:
Finished Height: 80 cm / 31.5 in
Finished Width: 111 cm / 43.7 in (or more, depending how you hang the wings!)
Finished Depth: 42 cm / 16.5 in
➽ 𝗜𝗙 𝗧𝗛𝗜𝗦 𝗜𝗦 𝗬𝗢𝗨𝗥 𝗙𝗜𝗥𝗦𝗧 𝗧𝗜𝗠𝗘
You will receive the files by email a few seconds after your order is processed.
In addition, your Etsy account will give you lifetime access to the files.
I HIGHLY recommend for you to create an Etsy account, especially if you intend to pay via Paypal (because Paypal won't send the download links, only Etsy will...)
If you decide to check out as a guest anyway, the files will be downloadable only from your email (check out your spam folder(s) too) for a limited number of weeks.
After you download and unzip the files:
- print on your own A4/Letter sheets at 100% (scroll down to read my recommendations on the kind of paper to choose)
- score and fold along the dotted lines, as explained in the instructions
- cut out the parts
- then glue the numbered twin edges together.
- after it's finished, hang your masterpiece to the wall using 3 mere push pins/thumbtacks
The process is very simple to understand: Each part is numbered in sequential order. No headache in sight, my goal being to make you feel relaxed.
The dragon was beta tested by about 30 people and I took their suggestions into account to make the dragon easier to build.
A quarter of them were complete beginners and were proud with their results, as you will see in the Facebook group!
Brandon, a (crafty) 12-year boy was one of the first to finish his dragon (and even made another one, just for fun)
No doubt you will do a great job.
➽ 𝗜𝗙 𝗬𝗢𝗨 𝗔𝗥𝗘 𝗘𝗫𝗣𝗘𝗥𝗜𝗘𝗡𝗖𝗘𝗗
Chances are you will find it super easy to make.
➽ 𝗪𝗛𝗔𝗧 𝗜𝗦 𝗜𝗡𝗖𝗟𝗨𝗗𝗘𝗗 𝗜𝗡 𝗬𝗢𝗨𝗥 𝗣𝗨𝗥𝗖𝗛𝗔𝗦𝗘?
Please note that this is a *DIGITAL* file. *NO PHYSICAL ITEM* will be shipped.
A few seconds after your purchase, Etsy will email you with download links to zip files containing:
✷ A complete 50-page digital template in PDF consisting of 4 separate files:
- - - - - 18 pages for the body (Print on the coloured carstock of your choosing)
- - - - - 4 sheets for the horns, eyes, claws and chest
- - - - - 18 sheets for the wings cartilage and wings backing pieces
- - - - - 10 sheets for the wings webbing
✷ Illustrated, step-by-step instructions
✷ Getting started & advanced tips for a flawless sculpture
➽ 𝗪𝗔𝗜𝗧, 𝗧𝗛𝗘𝗥𝗘 𝗜𝗦 𝗠𝗢𝗥𝗘!
A mini-cactus to train yourself or initiate your little one into papercraft while you are putting the dragon together.
You will have access to a small private Facebook group dedicated to Oxygami's customers (There are clickable links embedded in the files).
You can join when you need:
- to get inspiration from other members' colour schemes
- to sparkle the motivation to start
- to have your questions answered. I am quite responsive there
- A set of 5 other cacti to download from the files section of the Facebook group
- The file of a tail for your dragon to download from the files section of the group
➽ 𝗛𝗢𝗪 𝗗𝗢 𝗬𝗢𝗨 𝗞𝗡𝗢𝗪 𝗪𝗛𝗔𝗧 𝗣𝗔𝗥𝗧 𝗧𝗢 𝗣𝗥𝗜𝗡𝗧 𝗢𝗡 𝗪𝗛𝗔𝗧 𝗖𝗢𝗟𝗢𝗨𝗥?
The pattern consists of 4 different files.
So you will know just by reading the file names:
- - - Colour1_Body_18pages_WingedDragon_byOxygami.pdf (blue in the first picture)
- - - Colour2_Horns+Eyes+Claws+Chest_4pages_WingedDragon_byOxygami.pdf (white in the first picture)
- - - Colour1or2_WingsWebbing_10pages_WingedDragon_byOxygami.pdf (white in the first picture)
- - - Colour2or1_WingsCartilage+Back_18pages_WingedDragon_byOxygami.pdf (blue in the first picture)
➽ 𝗦𝗨𝗣𝗣𝗟𝗜𝗘𝗦 𝗬𝗢𝗨 𝗪𝗜𝗟𝗟 𝗡𝗘𝗘𝗗
- these PDF templates
- home A4 or Letter size printer
- 50 cardstock sheets
- 12 sheets of regular office paper (for the instructions and tips)
- scoring tool (dried-out pen, your nails, etc., be creative!)
- white glue
- 3 push pins / thumbtacks / nails
- OPTIONAL: spray paint, if you go for white cardstock.
➽ 𝗢𝗣𝗧𝗜𝗠𝗜𝗦𝗘𝗗 𝗙𝗢𝗥 𝗕𝗢𝗧𝗛 𝗔𝟰 & 𝗟𝗘𝗧𝗧𝗘𝗥
Just print at 100% and you are good to go
You can also print on A3 and scale it up to 141%, but this will be more difficult to make!
➽ 𝗣𝗔𝗣𝗘𝗥 𝗜 𝗥𝗘𝗖𝗢𝗠𝗠𝗘𝗡𝗗
A4 / Letter size in 160-210 gsm / 65 lbs cover
You can use either white cardstock and spray paint it, or coloured/patterned cardstock. I recommend against metallic paper, which takes longer to dry.
For all my prototypes, I personally use Iris Vivaldi® by Canson® in 185 gsm, which comes in 50-sheet reams. They have 30 colours to choose from.
Brands like Recollections®, Astrobrights®, Clairefontaine®, to name a few, are also good options.
You can also go creative with patterned paper provided that it is thick enough.
For a cheaper alternative, go for Bristol paper, but it usually comes in white. You may then need to use spray paint it (in bronze, gold, silver, etc.), which is good for concealing potential glue smears.
➽ 𝗚𝗟𝗨𝗘 𝗜 𝗥𝗘𝗖𝗢𝗠𝗠𝗘𝗡𝗗
Any wood glue or any craft glue will do.
Fast drying one is a plus, but it is optional.
I personally pour some wood glue into a metallic lid. Then I apply a few drops onto the tabs with a toothpick before I spread them out in a thin layer. You need very few glue!
➽ 𝗖𝗨𝗦𝗧𝗢𝗠𝗜𝗦𝗘 𝗜𝗧 𝗧𝗢 𝗦𝗨𝗜𝗧 𝗬𝗢𝗨𝗥 𝗧𝗔𝗦𝗧𝗘𝗦
This is of course optional if you already printed on coloured cardstock. But you can really get creative here:
- Print all the files on white cardstock then (spray) paint it (paint can conceal potential glue stains ;) )
- or Add scales
- or Use velun for the wing webbing
- or [Add you genius idea here]
➽ 𝗪𝗛𝗔𝗧 𝗢𝗧𝗛𝗘𝗥 𝗖𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗩𝗘𝗦 𝗔𝗥𝗘 𝗦𝗔𝗬𝗜𝗡𝗚
"Very Proud to have finished my creation. We are doing a Harry Potter activity in the office and the Dragon is on our recognition wall with certificates. It makes a beautiful wall decoration."
"Looks amazing on the wall. Friendly and helpful seller as well as access to the private Facebook group for support. This one does take some time but it was my first big papercraft and turned out great, just take your time."
➽ 𝟯𝗗 𝗣𝗔𝗣𝗘𝗥𝗖𝗥𝗔𝗙𝗧 𝗥𝗘𝗟𝗔𝗫𝗘𝗦 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗕𝗥𝗔𝗜𝗡
3D papercraft requires patience (10 to 12 hours on average on this model, but as you will see, the process is so soothing and gratifying that you will loose track of time)
Build it over a weekend or over several evenings if needed while half-watching the night show, for example. Or while listening to a podcast. Or music.
The process will put your intrusive thoughts on pause even without you realising it.
➽ 𝗔𝗕𝗢𝗨𝗧 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗔𝗨𝗧𝗛𝗢𝗥
My name is Stephane and I am a night owl who crafts paper to fight insomnia and reduce internal noise. I am based in Paris, France, but my sleep is so erratic that I am actually living in different time zones (which comes in handy to answer customers' questions from all over the world). I am both ENFP and INFP personality types, depending on the moon. I also don't eat meat nor fish by choice and I am an intermittent faster. But other than that, I feel normal.
OXYGAMI is my full-time job. I chose this name because OXYGAMI = Oxygene + Origami.
I design DIY paper sculptures for creative people who need a way to stop internal noise, at least temporarily. Building a paper sculpture switches off our brains as it requires focus. It also brings fun during the assembly and pride when the sculpture is finished. In a word: oxygene!
I try hard to design gorgeous, refined models to decorate your walls. And I try as hard to make the assembly as intuitive as possible, so that you can successfully make your own even if you never did anything with your hands.
These sculptures require time but they are so rewarding in the end! They attract compliments like magnets.
➽ 𝗖𝗢𝗣𝗬𝗥𝗜𝗚𝗛𝗧 - 𝗗𝗢'𝘀 & 𝗗𝗢𝗡'𝗧𝘀
You 𝙢𝙖𝙮 gift the finished sculptures made from my templates.
You 𝙢𝙖𝙮 sell the finished sculptures made from my templates at craft fairs or through social media.
(But in case you use pictures, use YOUR OWN and do 𝙉𝙊𝙏 put your logo without mine in your pictures featuring my work)
If you are unsure, don't hesitate to ask me.
You 𝙢𝙖𝙮 𝙉𝙊𝙏 give away, publish, resell the files in their digital form or in the shape of paper kits.
➽ 𝗛𝗔𝗩𝗘 𝗤𝗨𝗘𝗦𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡𝗦 𝗢𝗥 𝗡𝗘𝗘𝗗 𝗛𝗘𝗟𝗣?
Feel free to get in touch whenever you need support, right here:
- - - Private Facebook group (through a clickable link in the instructions)
- - - Etsy convo (click the "Ask a question" button on top of this page)
- - - Email: stephane[at]oxygami.com
➽ 𝗪𝗔𝗡𝗧 𝗠𝗢𝗥𝗘 𝟯𝗗 𝗦𝗖𝗨𝗟𝗣𝗧𝗨𝗥𝗘𝗦 𝗧𝗢 𝗖𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗧𝗘?
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