How To Make: DIY Paper Turtle (Style 2)

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How To Make: DIY Paper Turtle (Style 2)

Below provides some steps on how to make your own DIY paper turtles. Please use caution when doing any DIY project to prevent injury or accidents. This is a general guide and it is up to the project maker and/or instructor to exercise safety measures when assembling or using any materials for the projects. Thank you!


Suggested Materials:

The materials listed below are what was used for this tutorial. Choice of using the material ideas below depends on how you prefer to create the finished project. For example, glue dots we found work best while others may want to use glue sticks or hot glue instead.

  • 5" Size Cardstock Turtle
  • 3/4" Height Cardstock Strips (cut down to approx. 5.25" length)
  • Scissors
  • Sponge Paint Dabber
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Glue Dots
  • Googly Eyes

    Basic Instructions With Pictures:

    1) Using acrylic paint and sponge, lightly dab a variety of colors throughout the top sides of 4 strips that are approximately 5.25" lengths. Do not over-saturate to help prevent curling or warping of the cardstock once the paint dries.


     2) Once the paint is dry, apply glue dots onto the ends of each strip. Make sure to apply glue dots onto the painted side of the strips.

    3) Attach one end of the first strip at the neck/shell area and the other end to the tail/shell region. Once attached the strip should make an arch to represent the shell.


    4) Repeat step 3, but instead of neck to tail, go from right side to left side of the shell region. Continue doing the same motion with another strip going from the back left leg to top right leg and then again back right leg to top left leg.



    5) Use one 5.25" length strip that has not been designed and attach glue dots on each end. Attach to bottom belly side of the turtle to make a semi-tight band.


    6) With the glue dots attach googly eyes to add a little more character to your turtle, otherwise the project is complete. Slip the band over your fingers to pretend the turtle is swimming or use bands to turn the turtles into wall/ceiling decorations.