This post for our Cardboard 3D Paper Turtle Craft is part of a sponsored conversation on behalf of Swedish Dishcloths. All opinions are mine.
Turtles are such funny creatures. Funny, yet you know they have the secret to a long, happy life. Just take it sloooow. So in honor of these funny, wise old creatures, we’ve made this really fun Cardboard 3D Paper Turtle Craft using pieces of shipping boxes and scraps of patterned paper. And we have a Free Printable 3D Turtle Template for easier crafting!
Do you like turtle crafts as much as we do? Then you should also check out our Simple Paper Turtle Craft, this Paper Bowl Craft Stick Turtle, and our Plastic Lid Yarn Weaving Turtle. These turtles would also be at home with our many other ocean craft friends, too.
Part of the fun of this craft is the paint. However, painting can also get messy, of course. Which is also part of the reason why it’s fun. I had been using paper towels to wipe up any coloring outside the lines, but that goes through a lot of paper towels. Until I found Swedish Dishcloths. They’re like a sponge/dishcloth hybrid, simply wet and it’s like magic. And so useful! We keep them in the kitchen, craft area, car, play rooms, and basement for any spills.
Swedish Dishcloths are our newest must-have on-hand supplies. They’re so much better for the environment, and your budget, than paper towels, too. Made from eco-friendly materials, simply clean your mess then throw the cloth in the washing machine. And, they come in really pretty colors, too.
The rest of our supplies for our Cardboard 3D Paper Turtle Craft includes our 3D Turtle Template, cardboard, green paint, patterned paper, googly eyes, scissors, and a glue stick.
Cardboard 3D Paper Turtle Craft
- 3D Turtle Template
- Patterned paper
- Green acrylic paint
- Googly eyes, small/medium size
- Black marker
- Glue stick
Begin by printing the turtle template.
Trace the turtle onto a sheet of cardboard.
Paint the turtle cut out green. Let dry.
Use the circle for size to cut out 5 circles of different patterns of paper.
Fold the circles in half.
Glue one side of one circle to the side of the next circle.
When done, the circle should open in a fan-like, 3D shape.
Adhere googly eyes to the turtle. Draw a simple mouth with the black marker.
Glue the 3D circles to the circle of the turtle for its shell.