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Make Elmer’s Backpack From “My Father’s Dragon”

Cartoon Saloon, the creator of some of the world’s most beautiful animated features, is back with another charming movie, My Father’s Dragon. Based on the award-winning book of the same name, My Father’s Dragon tells the story of Elmer and his adventures with a dragon named Boris. Elmer keeps his backpack close at hand, which is helpful since it contains all kinds of items he finds useful along the way.

To celebrate the release of the film, I partnered with Netflix to create a fun printable that can transform a paper lunch bag into your own backpack to fill with helpful supplies!

My Father's Dragon printable paper bag backpack craft complete on a blue background.

All you’ll need is the , a paper lunch bag, white cardstock or printer paper, scissors, a glue stick, and clear tape. Start by cutting off two inches from the top of the bag. Then cut out the straps, flap, and tab from the printable and glue or tape them to the bag. (Tape works best for the straps!)

You can then cut out your favorite characters from the printable to customize your backpack with patches!

Stuff your backpack with all of your favorite goodies, and don’t forget the lollipops!

About My Father’s Dragon

From five-time Academy Award®-nominated animation studio Cartoon Saloon (The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea, Wolfwalkers) and Academy Award®-nominated director Nora Twomey (The Breadwinner), comes an exquisite film inspired by the Newbery-honored children’s book from author Ruth Stiles Gannett. Struggling to cope after a move to the city with his mother, Elmer runs away in search of Wild Island and a young dragon who waits to be rescued. Elmer’s adventures introduce him to ferocious beasts, a mysterious island and the friendship of a lifetime.

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Make an adorable backpack out of a paper lunch bag with this printable featuring the characters from My Father's Dragon!

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