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Origami Dragon - Instructions by DonyaQuick Origami Dragon - Instructions by DonyaQuick
16-Aug-2009 - Complaints and problems with this tutorial have been showing up on other sites, and I have only been finding out by accident. If you have complaints or problems with this tutorial, I ask that you please CONTACT ME. If you have the time to address issues regarding my tutorials on other websites, you have the time to contact me in some way as well (or beforehand) to let me have some input on the thing I spent time making.

Contacting me is not difficult and I can probably resolve whatever the problem is. If you need a version that is printable/higher res/etc. I can send it to you or upload something here. If you need help with steps, post a reply here and I can try to help as I have done for others with all of my tutorials. If you have complaints of any sort, contact me via whatever method suits you best. For those who are just visitors and can't post on this site, my e-mail address is right on my profile/main page here, easily accessible to anyone.


27-June-2009: I have youtubed this since youtubing my unicorn design seemed to help a lot of people. Here's the playlist: [link]

It starts with a FAST overview of the bird base. In the comments for that video, I have linked to slower tutorials that beginners may find easier to follow.

Also, optional prefolds to add a mouth to the dragon: [link] (these must be done BEFORE forming the bird base)


And however many months/years later and sufficiently many requests...HERE IT IS.

It should give enough information for people that have had a bit of folding experience. There is one fold that is very counter-intuitive for most people (step 12).

I appologise for the non-standard folding arrows and such. At some point I will need to redo this as diagrams instead of photographs so I can show cutaways and such, and then I will be able to sort out the arrows better than I was able to using MS Word.

A note unfortunately: seems I forgot to include the detail on how to fold the "arm" part of the wing over to mak it visible from more than underneith. It's not very hard, and I don't always do it depending on the type of paper. If you use foil paper, it works very nicely. Thicker paper...not so much. Folding the arm over may simply undo itself on difficult papers. In the final image, you can see that I only folded it halfway to emphasize the shape of the arm without flipping it all the way.

Usage Policy
To me it's not complicated, so I would expect that other people have happened across similar to nearly identical patterns. However, I did develop this myself with no significant references (other than a standard crane deisgn) and therefore hope that my choice of details is at least somewhat unique. If you follow this tutorial to create a dragon and wish to post the result as artwork either here or elsewhere, please credit the design you used to create the dragon.
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EternalParody Featured By Owner Edited Sep 8, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I'll edit this comment when I've got it.

Alright, I'VE DONE IT. (I think)
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(If there needs a better picture say it
dragonlover219 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
srysly can u please do a tutorial on the legs, I cant get it right no matter how hard I try
dragonlover219 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
the leg folds are really hard so I just guessed....maybe im just using the wrong kind of paper. still an awesome dragon though
IchitakeNeongenesis Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am sooooo going to do this :D
of-the-skies Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Whew. That was hard. I had to improvise a lot because the tutorial wasn't very clear sometimes, especially around steps 11 and 12... But I made it! My dragon's legs are really short and I don't think I did the neck/head right...

Oh well. It was fun.
of-the-skies Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
olivia8383 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I just made a tiny one!! I did have trouble with the legs though, probably wouldn't have if I had done with regular size paper
olivia8383 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Tenyume-Kasumi Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Lacks clarity. Not enough steps pictured nor sufficiently specific instruction given to compensate for the lack of picture guidance.
ThoxMetrix Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I don't understand the bit about folding down on the rabbit ear I can only fold up!
DreamsphereINC Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Can you link me DIRECTLY to the dragon tutorial video. I'm on my iPad so it won't play playlists and it makes the typing look blurry on the instructions so I can barely read them.
Horsesrock2717 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist
I tried it out! I'm a ... super beginner XD. So I improvised some of the parts... or maybe I just thought I was improvising but did it right... well the point is it looks awesome anyways! I wanna thank you for putting this up! I can't wait to show my friends about it! Thanks!!! :D (fave)
DarkCrsytal Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist
can i make earrings with these
shylittlemoosen Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist
Everyone at school is amazed at such a simple thing. This is really cool!
Naru-lum-lum Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
i've created.... a monster :iconfuckyeaplz:
23-ZiZ-23 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL LOL oh this comment made a part of my day.
dragonblood925 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i failed you master
i couldnt complete it
Lontuku Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
Really nice
triotip Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
one last thing i hope too soon post my first origami tutorial so keep an eye out
triotip Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
another plus is that its simple
triotip Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
omg best dragon tut. i've found!!!
Drixi Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Woww... looks great... but I have some problems in step 11 and 12

Do you have some video to see the whole process?
rosesienna Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
Catdogfishy Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
People fold paper into a paper dragon. That's cool. But the people who actually developed the design... now that's amazing!
elfenfeuer33 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011
totally didnt get that xD
olivia8383 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm having problems with step 8 :/ I think I might have done step 5 or 6 wrong, but idk what it is
firecloak Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you for the tutorial! I folded it here - [link]
pigglywiggly5000 Featured By Owner May 17, 2011   Photographer
This is a great model. The first time I tried to make it I used regular printing paper, which was tough, but manageable. Next, I want to try foil paper.
Tasha-the-Great Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oooh I love dragons! Thankies for the tutorial!
wolfhey Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
awesome I love origami! I made a mini family of them.
Morpheusdream Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011
I'm trying to make one, but suddenly after two hours of mistakes and not neat folds I realized it wasn't the best idea attempting to make one at 2 am. Again in the morning perhaps?
WingedMidnight88 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011
This is an adorable little dragon! I made one for my mom.
Takato14 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010
I could make actual diagrams (step-by-step) for you, Im good at em...

<: )
XBakaNinGyoX Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love to do it . but i can't understand honestly.
i even read the whole words 2 times/
Nina-Malkavian Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi! I really love your origami tutorials, and right now I'm having a hard time trying to do the neck fold (step 8) of this dragon... Every time I try to push it up, everything (meaning the future legs) goes up too! I didn't think I was gonna have problems with this model, since I already did something similar to step 12 on a sea turtle.. But the neck caught me =/.
I'm still trying.. If there's a tip, I hope you see this message soon^^.
(sorry for the long message)
TigerLillyMuze Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
Wow, I Love tis tut!!!
I folded one today: [link]
I hope you like it, gave it some spikes on it's back! :P
I did have some trouble making it but eventualy I got it...
Lulabys-Melody Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
This one was also fetured/credited on the same link ;)
WhiteTara92 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
hahaha this is awesome and fun to make thanx :D
Akysi Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome! I can't wait to try this! :D
e-pona Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
This looks neat <3 Thank you for making this tutorial :D
angiygas Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010
there are many origami dragons with the similar diagram pattern but urs had the best wings!!
bgallant Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010
this looks awesome im gonna have to try it one day...
UneRenardeBete Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I like this, it's actually pretty straight forward. good on you.

I may have to try this out sometime. :D
crazed-fangirl Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
I've got to make one for my husband some time - He loves dragons!
pencil-what-pencil Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009
this is a very nice tutorial i love origami dragons but have only been able to find the crease patterns so far so this really helps thanks a bunch :D
in step twelve is that (looks like) a modified squash fold??
Kibikayuki Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
Dragons are awesome... Nice tutorial! :)
TitanDraugen Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I gotta try this! It's been a while since I origami-ed.^^
IceFlame1019 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
i'll hafta try this myself soon, I used to do origami before school ate up my time and energy
Zweite-von-Vier Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009
Wow! Paper Dragons! Now my room will drown in them. Cranes are nice but how about 1000 dragons? will it grant me a magical wish?

Greetings from the buttery Legion! Found you trough here> [link]
snow--skitty Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009  Professional Filmographer
I love this. :) My boyfriend loves dragons, so now I can make him one as a little gift.
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