Turtle Crafts

Balloon Turtle
Dip the strips in paste and cover the balloon.
Dip the strips in paste and cover the balloon.

In the first turtle craft, you will learn how to make a balloon turtle using a balloon and papier-mâché.

What You'll Need:


Newspaper, comic strip, and plain paper strips (3 to 6 inches long and 1/2 inch wide)

Paste made with half white flour and half warm water


Acrylic paint: light green, dark green, red, white, and black (or choose your own colors)


Medium-size bowl

Masking tape


Paper plate

Optional: acrylic varnish (gloss medium)

1. Blow up the balloon and tie it securely. Dip strips of newspaper into the paste and place them all over the balloon until it is completely covered. Set the balloon aside to dry overnight. (Each day you will need to make new paste for your paper strips.)

2. Crumple newspaper into a ball the size of a walnut. Wrap another piece of paper around the ball and gather the ends to make a round turtle head with a neck. Cover this with newspaper strips dipped in paste. Let dry. The next day, cover the balloon and the paper head with a layer of comic strip paper strips. Let dry completely.

3. Cut the paper shell in half. Sketch 4 feet and a tail onto the cardboard. Cut out. Use masking tape to attach them to the shell. Cut an opening at the front of the shell to stick in the turtle's neck. Tape it in place. Cover everything with one more layer of plain paper strips. Wrap paper strips around the feet. Use strips to securely attach the feet, tail, and head. Let dry for 1 or 2 days.

Get creative when you paint your turtle.

4. Paint your turtle! We painted a polka-dot shell on ours. After the colors are dry, add a coat of varnish if you wish.

For our next turtle craft, you will learn to make terrific turtles. Find out how on the next page.

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