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Making a Paper Bowl Pet Turtle Decoration


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August 27, 2018

Paper Bowl Pet Turtle Decoration - close up of finished turtleMy little one has been wanting a pet turtle after reading a book about turtles! This is probably the closest we can do with a pet turtle and she's having a blast with her new *pet turtle*.

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This would also be great for party decorations too if you're having a sea theme. You can apply this same concept with other animals too.

Total Time: 30-40 minutes + drying time

Supplies:

  • paint
  • paintbrush
  • ribbon
  • scissors
  • scrapbook paper
  • glue stick
  • hot glue
  • cardboard
  • paper bowl
  • google eyes
  • pencil/pen
  • hole puncher
Paper Bowl Pet Turtle Decoration - supplies
 

Steps:

  1. You can use a clean paper bowl, or use one that isn't too dirty and wipe it down. Then flip upside down and paint. Allow to dry.
  2. Paper Bowl Pet Turtle Decoration - inverted bowl and bottle of green paint
     
    Paper Bowl Pet Turtle Decoration - paint the underside of the bowl
     
  3. In the meantime, you can freehand and draw the face, legs, and tail. For the face, I traced a circular water bottle. For the legs and tail, I freehand drew them and then cut out.
  4. Paper Bowl Pet Turtle Decoration - sketch of leg
     
    Paper Bowl Pet Turtle Decoration - draw the face, legs, and tail
     
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  5. Recycle any cardboard you may have from online packages, cereal boxes, something more sturdy than the paper and cut to fit the face, legs, and tail for reinforcement.
  6. Paper Bowl Pet Turtle Decoration - circle of sturdy cardboard to back the head
     
    Paper Bowl Pet Turtle Decoration - glue to green paper circle
     
    Paper Bowl Pet Turtle Decoration - back of legs with cardboard backing
     
  7. Once shell of turtle is dried, punch a hole, thread ribbon in and knot. Cut a good length for your child to be able to drag the turtle around.
  8. Paper Bowl Pet Turtle Decoration - punch a hole in the edge of bowl and thread a ribbon through
     
  9. Using hot glue, attach all pieces (face/legs/tail) together to the turtle's body. Glue wiggle eyes to head. As a guide, I laid the pieces out and traced with a pencil where to glue.
  10. Paper Bowl Pet Turtle Decoration - ready to hot glue head in place
     
    Paper Bowl Pet Turtle Decoration - head glued under the pull sting
     
    Paper Bowl Pet Turtle Decoration - one leg and tail in place
     
    Paper Bowl Pet Turtle Decoration - marking glue line
     
    Paper Bowl Pet Turtle Decoration - all pieces glued in place
     
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  11. Optional: Decorate turtle shell. I cut out squares of plaid pattern green/white scrapbook paper. She glued down the pieces. Now you have a paper *pet turtle* in your household!
  12. Paper Bowl Pet Turtle Decoration - small squares of scrapbook paper
     
    Paper Bowl Pet Turtle Decoration - glue squares to shell for decoration
     
    Paper Bowl Pet Turtle Decoration - ready to play
     
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