Chinese New Year Dragon 3d Coloring Page

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With Chinese New Year coming up and it being the Year of the Dragon 2024, I knew we needed some more wonderful Dragon Paper Crafts for you to make. We have the ever popular Dragon Paper Puppet (continues to be free!), and now we have this new, super fun 3d Year of the Dragon Coloring Page for you to make! A wonderful mixed media project for some mindfulness time.

year of the dragon coloring page in 3d

Note: this Dragon Coloring Page is also available as part of a complete set of 12 Zodiac Animal Coloring Pages!

The best bit about this Year of the Dragon activity, is that you can use this Dragon printable every Lunar New Year. The dragon is always a fantastic symbol for the new year and doesn’t have to “wait” for the Year of the Dragon to be relevant.

So you can make it for the Year of the Dragon in 2024.. and all the years to come!

When is Chinese New Year 2024?

Chinese New Year 2024 is on Saturday 10th February 2024 and it is the Year of the Dragon. Dragon lucky colours are silver, gold and light gray.

The Extended set of Zodiac Animal Printables

If you want more than “just” the dragon, do consider the full set of 12 Zodiac Animal Coloring Pages, which contain:

  1. A monkey
  2. A snake
  3. An ox
  4. A dog
  5. A goat
  6. A horse
  7. A rooster
  8. A rabbit
  9. A pig
  10. A dragon
  11. A rat
  12. A tiger
  13. Printable instructions page

Also.. remember, each Zodiac Animal has it’s very own LUCKY colors. So when you are coloring your paper crafts, you may wish to consider your animals lucky colors! But they aren’t necessary!

Supplies needed for this set of 3d Zodiac Animal Coloring Pages to make for Lunar New Year

dragon printable
  • printer paper & a printer
  • coloring penciles, pens, markers, watercolors – whatever takes your fancy
  • scissors
  • a glue stick

As with many of our crafts, I try and make them accessible for as wide an audience as possible. So today, you can have the adorable little 3d Tiger Coloring Page completely for free! Simply enter $0 at check out! However, the Dragon Coloring Page is available for a token fee to help support the upkeep of this site!

get the bundle

The complete set of 12 Zodiac Animal Coloring Pages is available for a small fee.

full set of printables

If you have purchased our previous Mega Bundle of 12 Farmyard Animals, you can buy a BOLT ON today – this includes a Dragon, a Tiger, a Monkey, a Rat and the Snake (though the full set is “better” as also has a modified cow/ ox) and the bolt on product also has a couple of extra backgrounds to print, mix and match with the farm set. REMEMBER: by joining my mailing list you will be alerted to seasonal freebies. Every so often, I make ALL these 3d animal free to Red Ted Art readers. So be sure to join the mailing list (in sidebar or footer of this page) today!

Dragon Puppet FREEBIE

In the spirit of “freebies” and helping you guys out (I appreciate we don’t all have the funds), my VERY popular Paper Dragon Puppet continues to be free! Check it out here:

We also have (but not free, sorry!) this fantastic Dragon Finger Puppet – another great 3d Dragon Coloring Page:

year of the dragon coloring page

How to make your 3d Coloring Page Zodiac Animals

Watch the tiger video instructions on auto play or full the simple photo step by step tutorial here:

3d dragon paper craft

Watercolor your background.

Let dry fully. Now cut out the background – a nice rectangular shape. This is a great opportunity for younger kids to practice their cutting skills and cutting straight lines.

Take some time coloring in your animal coloring pages.

Cut out all your shapes.

add glue to the paper dragon

Add a little glue to the BACK and on ONE end only of the head.

make the dragon head

Now loop it backwards, as if making a loop/ petal shape and secure to the other end of the animal’s head. Remember, you want a little loop effect so you get that 3d animal look.

For the Rabbit, Horse and Ox, you can now color in the ears too.

glue the 3d dragon in place

Glue the animal’s body in position on your background sheet. Now add glue to the back of the top of the animals head and glue towards the top of the animal’s body.

printable dragon


make the tiger and dragon

Now make the super popular 3d Tiger Coloring Page too (available as an freebie download)!! Or…

get the bundle

Enjoy the full set of 3d Zodiac Animal Coloring Pages today!!

2024 is the Year of the Dragon, so the single most fun and popular Dragon Puppet to make is this one – this continues to be free for Red Ted Art readers!:

Paper dragons

If you love Chinese New Year, and you fancy more inspiration, we have MANY more crafts for you. Choose from:

Chinese New Year Activities

Great Chinese New Year's Ideas for Kids

Dragon Craft for the Year of the Dragon 2024

And of course our collection of Zodiac Animal Crafts here – with a subset of Zodiac Animal

3d year of the dragon paper craft