STYROFOAM brand foam crafts

Flying Dragon Marionette

Your damsel in distress or knight in shining armor will have fun with this fire-breathing companion. Simple construction means no more untangling messy balls of string - just hours and hours of play.
   Completion Time - 
2-4 hours
   Designer - 
Kathleen George


  • Balls: 5", two; 4", one; 2-1/2", three; 2", three
Other Materials
  • Acrylic paints: dark green; red
  • Balsa sticks, 12" x 1/2" x 1/4", two
  • Felt: stiffened green, 12" x 18" sheet; light green,
  • red, 9" x 12" sheet each
  • Thick green yarn, 11' length
  • Wiggle eyes, 1", two
  • Green flat-back glass gems, 24
  • Fiberfil stuffing, small amount


  • Serrated knife
  • Candle stub or paraffin
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Wooden skewers, several
  • Stiff-bristled paintbrush
  • Disposable palette
  • Water basin
  • Paper towels
  • Scissors
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Thick, white craft glue


  • 1. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin. Cut smallslice from one side of 5", 4", and one 2-1/2" foam ball. Withflat side to bottom, cut 2-1/2" ball (snout) in half. Cut two2" foam balls in half (feet). Note: Remaining balls will be used for tail.
  • 2. For body, twist cut sides of 5" balls together until snug;glue to secure. Cut small slice from bottom of each 5" ball sobody will rest flat on work surface. Cut small slice fromupper front end of body. Twist 4" head and body together until snug; glue to secure.
  • 3. Glue flat sides of snout to front of head, mouth slightlyopen as shown. Use pencil to poke two nostrils into uppersnout. Insert skewers into bottom of all foam pieces.
  • 4. Holding skewers, paint all dragon parts green; paint insideof mouth red. Place skewers in heavy glass or jar; let dry.
  • 5. Cut dragon patterns from felt, enlarging wing pattern as indicated.
  • 6. Cut three 1-1/4" lengths from yarn. Place dot of glue onback end of dragon's body. Use skewer tip to poke one yarnlength 1/2" into body. In same way, poke free end of yarn intoone 2-1/2" ball. Repeat to join remaining 2-1/2" and 2" balls to tail. Let dry.
  • 7. Cut four 8" lengths from yarn for legs. In same way astail, glue yarn lengths into top of each foot and bottom of body.
  • 8. Use straight edge of knife to make 3/4"-deep slit downcenter of head, body, and tail. Gently rock knife back andforth to smooth and enlarge cut; stiffened felt should fit easily.
  • 9. Place line of white glue in center slit; insert head scaleswith straight edge toward front. Keeping wings folded, insertfolded edge 1/2" into slit. Use knife tip to push felt firmlyinto cut; open wings to drape over dragon as shown. Glueremaining scales down back and tail.
  • 10. Cut four 2' lengths from yarn. Glue ends of two lengthsinto front and back of body, leaving one end free. Knot oneend of each remaining yarn length. Poke small hole in widestpart of each wing. Insert knotted yarn lengths up throughwings from bottom; glue to secure. Let dry.
  • 11. When dry, hold dragon up by strings to see which side ofeach foot naturally faces front. Use knife to make threevertical slits in front of each foot. Place line of white gluein each slit; insert claws.
  • 12. Glue lining onto ears. Make extra-wide, 3/4"-long verticalslits in top of head for ears. Place glue in slits. Fold earsin half, lining to inside. With folded edge to back, push ears into slits.
  • 13. Make two thin horizontal slits in top of head behind earsand one in end of foam tail. Place glue in slits; insert felt horns and tail.
  • 14. Glue eyes to head and eyelids over eyes; secure with pinsuntil dry. Glue fire inside mouth and small amount fiberfil into nostrils for smoke.
  • 15. Use glue gun to glue four glass gems to bottom of eachfoot to keep foot weighted down. Glue four gems to points of each wing as shown.
  • 16. Tie body strings firmly to either end of one balsa stick;glue to secure. Place second stick across and on top of firstfor wing strings. Tie wing strings to either end of top stick;glue to secure. Note: Ask for assistance with this step toensure string length is adequate.
  • 17. To make dragon fly, lift top stick up and down with onehand while moving dragon forward with other hand.