General info

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  • Fantastic diy soap craft!
  • Can be used as soap for bathing or washing (remove the nail polish)
  • Difficulty: Intermediate

What you will need

  • 2 Soap bars
  • Carving or Exacto knife
  • Paring knife
  • Toothpick
  • Cutting board
  • Nail polish
  • Paper clip
  • Dragon Template (download here )

Soap info

Rice bran soap

Used in tutorial

rice bran soap
  • Available
  • Soap Max brand
  • Floral scented
  • Size: 7.5 cm (3") x 5.2 cm (2") x 2.7 cm (1-1/8")
  • Weight: 100 g (3.5 oz)

Instruction video


1. Thinly cut off the top and bottom of your soap to remove the brand logo and create a flat surface.
Cut out the dragon templates.
Trace the dragon's shape onto the soap with a toothpick.
step 1
2. Lightly cut along the outline with a point of a knife, then cut out the dragon's shape a bit bigger than the outline you traced in previous step.
Cut off the excess soap with a carving knife.
step 2
3. Cut off the excess part of ears highlighted in pink.
step 3
4. Round the edges of the front and back.
step 4
5. Holding your knife vertically, cut along the outlines of four legs, then holding your knife at an angle, cut off the soap around the legs.
step 5
6. To make the legs look three-dimensional, cut off the soap at the sides of the belly.
step 6
7. Round the edges of the legs.
step 7
8. Using a paper clip, scrape out the soap between the legs.
step 8
9. Round the edge of the back.
step 9
10. Cut two pieces of soap out of another bar soap.
Then, trace the shape of wings onto them.
step 10
11. Cut out the two wings, then make it thin and shape them.
step 11
12. Carve the wing pattern in both sides.
Then, make the end of the wing a bit thinner as shown.
Repeat to another wing.
step 12
13. Cut off a piece of soap, trace the shape of the tail onto the soap, then cut out and shape it.
step 13
14. Make the muzzle in the same way as the previous step.
step 14
15. Make two horns as well. Horns are simple, so you can make them without the template.
step 15
16. Place the muzzle on the dragon's face and trace around the edge of it.
step 16
17. Holding your knife vertically, cut along the muzzle shape and cut off the inside. Then, scrape out the inside with a paper clip.
step 17
18. Place the muzzle on the face.
Tip: If there is any gap, fill it with soap scraps.
step 18
19. Draw the outline of the eyes, nostrils and mouth, then carve them.
step 19
20. Carve the claws in fore legs.
step 20
21. Carve several straight lines in the belly.
step 21
22. Fix the tail to the back in the way as the muzzle (See steps 16-18).
step 22
23. Carve two grooves in each side of the face.
step 23
24. Make a small cut on the edge of each ear.
step 24
25. Make two square holes in the back to fix the wings.
step 25
26. Make two round holes in the head (I used a toothpick), then place the horns in them.
Tip: Apply little water to fix them.
step 26
27. Place the wings in the square holes.
step 27
28. Paint the eyes with nail polish and remove the excess polish with a carving knife.
step 28
29. Paint the dragon with food coloring diluted with water. Done!
step 29

Did you know?

new year dragon
2024 is the Year of the dragon according to Japanese zodiac. I made them as new year decorations! This dragon combines features of European and Asian ones.