I am so excited to share this super cute and relatively easy Pete’s Dragon craft! This craft is mess free with no paint or glue involved! I raided my craft stash and had everything I needed except for a green pool noodle.
Pete’s Dragon Materials
- green pool noodle (~ 5″ section)
- green and black pipe cleaners
- green pom poms (small)
- green and white craft foam
- googly eyes
- glue dots
- red, yellow and orange tissue paper (optional)
Start With Hair
Cut short piece of green pipe cleaner for Elliot’s hair. Create his short mohawk style hair by pushing the pipe cleaners into the top of the pool noodle. I varied the colors and height to give it style. 🙂
I used part of craft foam Christmas trees from my craft stash to make the ears. No random Christmas craft materials at your house? You could just cut a similar shape from a sheet of green craft foam.
Use scissors to make small slices on both sides of the pool noodle for Elliot’s ears. Fold the craft foam and insert it in, no glue necessary.
Add Elliot’s Face
Use glue dots to attach googly eyes and small green pom poms for Elliot’s nostrils. Then cut a small piece of black pipe cleaner to create his mouth. Just push the mouth into to the pool noodle. I played around with the shape and size of Elliot’s teeth. I liked the look of long/skinny teeth best. Use a mini glue dot to secure each tooth.
I got crazy lucky with my package of foam Christmas trees. They worked amazingly for my dragon wings. I cut the tree in half and trimmed off a chunk from the bottom of each side (see my image up). Then I pushed a pipe cleaner through the wings into the pool noodle to attach them.
You will need to draw wings on a sheet of green craft foam if you can’t find foam Christmas trees. I LOVE when my craft stash works out in my favor!
Add Optional Fire
I couldn’t decide if I wanted Elliot to have fire or not. I found an optional fire solution that could be easily added or removed. I stacked small pieces of red, yellow and orange tissue paper, and cut strips 1/2 down. Then I stuffed the uncut half into the center of the pool noodle. There is no need for glue or tape!
Elliot & Elliot!
Elliot doing his best fire breathing dragon growl with our Elliot craft!
Stick Horse Dragon
Another fun idea is to leave the pool noodle long and create a sort of stick horse Pete’s Dragon! Maybe a great idea for a Halloween costume? Dress up as Pete and bring Elliot!
DIY Pool Noodle Dragons
My boys had fun making their own dragons with all the supplies I pulled out of my craft stash. DIY pool noodle dragons would be a fun birthday party or play date activity!
Don’t forget Pete’s Dragon arrives in theaters next weekend (August 12th)!!!
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