DIY papercraft dragon: Turn this printable PDF pattern into an impressive 3D paper mythical creature to decorate your kid's walls (Beginner)

DIY papercraft dragon: Turn this printable PDF pattern into an impressive 3D paper mythical creature to decorate your kid's walls (Beginner)

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โžฝ ๐— ๐—”๐—ž๐—˜ ๐—ฌ๐—ข๐—จ๐—ฅ ๐—ข๐—ช๐—ก ๐—ฃ๐—”๐—ฃ๐—˜๐—ฅ ๐——๐—ฅ๐—”๐—š๐—ข๐—ก!
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!

โžฝ ๐—˜๐—”๐—ฆ๐—œ๐—˜๐—ฅ ๐—ง๐—ข ๐— ๐—”๐—ž๐—˜ ๐—ง๐—›๐—”๐—ก ๐—œ๐—ง ๐—Ÿ๐—ข๐—ข๐—ž๐—ฆ...
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.

โžฝ ๐—”๐—•๐—ข๐—จ๐—ง ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐— ๐—ข๐——๐—˜๐—Ÿ
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

โžฝ ๐—œ๐—™ ๐—ง๐—›๐—œ๐—ฆ ๐—œ๐—ฆ ๐—ฌ๐—ข๐—จ๐—ฅ ๐—™๐—œ๐—ฅ๐—ฆ๐—ง ๐—ง๐—œ๐— ๐—˜
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.

โžฝ ๐—œ๐—™ ๐—ฌ๐—ข๐—จ ๐—”๐—ฅ๐—˜ ๐—˜๐—ซ๐—ฃ๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—œ๐—˜๐—ก๐—–๐—˜๐——
Chances are you will find it super easy to make.

โžฝ ๐—ช๐—›๐—”๐—ง ๐—œ๐—ฆ ๐—œ๐—ก๐—–๐—Ÿ๐—จ๐——๐—˜๐—— ๐—œ๐—ก ๐—ฌ๐—ข๐—จ๐—ฅ ๐—ฃ๐—จ๐—ฅ๐—–๐—›๐—”๐—ฆ๐—˜?
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:

โœท 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
โœท Illustrated, step-by-step instructions
โœท Getting started & advanced tips for a flawless sculpture

โžฝ ๐—ช๐—”๐—œ๐—ง, ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—˜ ๐—œ๐—ฆ ๐— ๐—ข๐—ฅ๐—˜!
๐‘ฉ๐‘ถ๐‘ต๐‘ผ๐‘บ #1
A mini-cactus to train yourself or initiate your little one into papercraft while you are putting the dragon together.

๐‘ฉ๐‘ถ๐‘ต๐‘ผ๐‘บ #2
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

๐‘ฉ๐‘ถ๐‘ต๐‘ผ๐‘บ #3
- 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

โžฝ ๐—›๐—ข๐—ช ๐——๐—ข ๐—ฌ๐—ข๐—จ ๐—ž๐—ก๐—ข๐—ช ๐—ช๐—›๐—”๐—ง ๐—ฃ๐—”๐—ฅ๐—ง ๐—ง๐—ข ๐—ฃ๐—ฅ๐—œ๐—ก๐—ง ๐—ข๐—ก ๐—ช๐—›๐—”๐—ง ๐—–๐—ข๐—Ÿ๐—ข๐—จ๐—ฅ?
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)

โžฝ ๐—ฆ๐—จ๐—ฃ๐—ฃ๐—Ÿ๐—œ๐—˜๐—ฆ ๐—ฌ๐—ข๐—จ ๐—ช๐—œ๐—Ÿ๐—Ÿ ๐—ก๐—˜๐—˜๐——
- these PDF templates
- home A4 or Letter size printer
- 50 cardstock sheets
- 12 sheets of regular office paper (for the instructions and tips)
- scissors
- scoring tool (dried-out pen, your nails, etc., be creative!)
- ruler
- white glue
- 3 push pins / thumbtacks / nails
- OPTIONAL: spray paint, if you go for white cardstock.

โžฝ ๐—ข๐—ฃ๐—ง๐—œ๐— ๐—œ๐—ฆ๐—˜๐—— ๐—™๐—ข๐—ฅ ๐—•๐—ข๐—ง๐—› ๐—”๐Ÿฐ & ๐—Ÿ๐—˜๐—ง๐—ง๐—˜๐—ฅ
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!

โžฝ ๐—ฃ๐—”๐—ฃ๐—˜๐—ฅ ๐—œ ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—–๐—ข๐— ๐— ๐—˜๐—ก๐——
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 Vivaldiยฎ by Cansonยฎ in 185 gsm, which comes in 50-sheet reams. They have 30 colours to choose from.
Brands like Recollectionsยฎ, Astrobrightsยฎ, Clairefontaineยฎ, 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.

โžฝ ๐—š๐—Ÿ๐—จ๐—˜ ๐—œ ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—–๐—ข๐— ๐— ๐—˜๐—ก๐——
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!

โžฝ ๐—–๐—จ๐—ฆ๐—ง๐—ข๐— ๐—œ๐—ฆ๐—˜ ๐—œ๐—ง ๐—ง๐—ข ๐—ฆ๐—จ๐—œ๐—ง ๐—ฌ๐—ข๐—จ๐—ฅ ๐—ง๐—”๐—ฆ๐—ง๐—˜๐—ฆ
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]

โžฝ ๐—ช๐—›๐—”๐—ง ๐—ข๐—ง๐—›๐—˜๐—ฅ ๐—–๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—”๐—ง๐—œ๐—ฉ๐—˜๐—ฆ ๐—”๐—ฅ๐—˜ ๐—ฆ๐—”๐—ฌ๐—œ๐—ก๐—š
"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."
Joelle, Canada

"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."
Charlie, UK

โžฝ ๐Ÿฏ๐—— ๐—ฃ๐—”๐—ฃ๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—–๐—ฅ๐—”๐—™๐—ง ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—Ÿ๐—”๐—ซ๐—˜๐—ฆ ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—•๐—ฅ๐—”๐—œ๐—ก
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.

โžฝ ๐—”๐—•๐—ข๐—จ๐—ง ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—”๐—จ๐—ง๐—›๐—ข๐—ฅ
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.

โžฝ ๐—–๐—ข๐—ฃ๐—ฌ๐—ฅ๐—œ๐—š๐—›๐—ง - ๐——๐—ข'๐˜€ & ๐——๐—ข๐—ก'๐—ง๐˜€
You ๐™ข๐™–๐™ฎ gift the finished sculptures made from my templates.
You ๐™ข๐™–๐™ฎ 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 ๐™‰๐™Š๐™ put your logo without mine in your pictures featuring my work)
If you are unsure, don't hesitate to ask me.

You ๐™ข๐™–๐™ฎ ๐™‰๐™Š๐™ give away, publish, resell the files in their digital form or in the shape of paper kits.

โžฝ ๐—›๐—”๐—ฉ๐—˜ ๐—ค๐—จ๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—ง๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก๐—ฆ ๐—ข๐—ฅ ๐—ก๐—˜๐—˜๐—— ๐—›๐—˜๐—Ÿ๐—ฃ?
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


โžฝ ๐—ช๐—”๐—ก๐—ง ๐— ๐—ข๐—ฅ๐—˜ ๐Ÿฏ๐—— ๐—ฆ๐—–๐—จ๐—Ÿ๐—ฃ๐—ง๐—จ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—ฆ ๐—ง๐—ข ๐—–๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—”๐—ง๐—˜?
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Sabine Golinski Feb 26, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Finished!!! What a cool pattern๐Ÿ˜ I had tons of fun with this one. Just the Wings were pretty tricky . But with a little patience everyone can do it!

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Jessica Shell Jan 26, 2021

5 out of 5 stars

This is the second one I have done from Oxygami and I just love how well put together the patterns are. Everything printed perfectly and fit like it should. I have never done paper crafting until I was gifted the Oxygami cat. I loved it so I bought this larger one. The instructions were super easy to follow.

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Sianerae See Dec 4, 2019

5 out of 5 stars

Directions were easy to follow and the finished product looked as shown in the pictures. Great pattern overall!

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Bailey Nov 12, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

It was stunning! Matched my expectations and was a perfect addition to my classroom decor and a bit of a centerpiece in our Harry Potter Halloween festival. We even made a nest and eggs to nestle below her perch on the wall. Thank you! Easy to assemble-just quite lengthy. : )

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