DIY Animated Father’s Day Dragon Card

The kids and I found a cool how-to pop-up card book at the library. So this Father’s Day, we’re making animated fire breathing dragon cards for the grandpas! I drew a dragon out and the kids wrote on it, then tomorrow they’re going to color it in. Sweet!

If you want to get in on the action, below are simple instructions for how to make one yourself. And if you’re pressed for time, I made a printable template too.

Hope you all have a great Fathers Day!

Print out the template, or create your own drawing. Cut off the left edge and color in the fire. Fold the card in half, then cut two slits where the fire piece will be inserted.

Cut out the fire piece. (If your paper is thin, you might want to glue a second layer onto the back before cutting it out. This will make it more sturdy when pulling the fire to animated it.)

Insert the fire into the two slits.

Now take a second piece of paper, and cut it to the same size as the card, then fold it in half. This will be the outside cover of the card. Apply glue to this cover piece, but avoid putting glue where the fire animation occurs. (See photo.)

Lay the dragon card onto the glued cover and press firmly. Fold in half, and put a book on it for awhile to allow glue to dry. Then behold the fire breathing dragon!

Template: Click on the image below, then print.


  1. June 11, 2012 at 12:49 am

    So cool! Thanks for the template. My little boy will love making this card for his daddy. :)

  2. June 11, 2012 at 6:21 am

    I love it! thank you so much*******

  3. June 11, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Hi! Thank you for this great idea in this year of dragon !! We will try it out this wednesday ! :)

    1. June 11, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      Thanks everyone! And yeah, year of the dragon! I almost forgot. Nice!

  4. Lindsey M.
    June 12, 2012 at 7:18 am

    Thank you so much for this awesome idea! My son absolutely loved making this today and can't wait until Sunday when he gets to give it to Daddy :)

  5. June 13, 2012 at 1:31 am

    As you can see here, my youngest daughter is making one for her Dad!!!! thank you!!!!

    1. June 13, 2012 at 7:20 am

      Wow, she created an amazing color design with the dragon! It's beautiful!!

  6. June 13, 2012 at 1:59 am

    Thank you!!!

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    June 17, 2012 at 8:23 am

    My boys had fun tracing your template using the window. Made for their own unique variations! Thanks!

  10. June 18, 2012 at 2:04 am

    Good idea! We are inspired and we made ​​a greeting for our dad too. Thanks for the tip. Greeting from Slovakia. Letitia.

    1. June 18, 2012 at 8:37 pm

      Wow, that looks great!!! I like the green background for the card. Nice!!

  11. jennifer
    February 15, 2013 at 8:04 am

    My daughter (turning 5) loves dragons. We're doing crafts at her party and this will be awesome!

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