A lot of persons (both adults and children) do not know the differences between a tortoise and a turtle. The both look a like so I can understand the confusion. They are both reptiles from the family of Testudines but the turtles can live on land but mostly found in water (fresh water, ponds, ocean, and marshland), while the tortoises live mostly on land and only use water to drink and clean themselves.
Turtle and tortoise crafts are generally very easy and inexpensive to make. You can make one from construction paper and half a walnut shell or you can make one from stones and green paint or even a bottle cap or a CD/DVD.
Here is a turtle you can easily make from half a nutshell. The turtle's head and legs are made of soft wax pressed into the nutshell. Leave some air space between the wax and the shell. The tail is a stick. Why not make a turtle pond—a dish of water will do—and put in as many turtles as you like ?
Make Paper Turtle Masks
To make the above paper turtle mask, just go and print out this turtle mask template.
Turtle Paper Weights
To make this you will need either sea shells or empty walnut half-shells, scraps of heavy colored paper or felt, plaster of Paris or patching plaster, scissors, pencil; glue, 2 beads or sequins for eyes, needle, thread, and a safety pin. Fill walnut shells (or sea shells) with plaster of Paris or patching plaster which has been mixed with water to a thick consistency. (Mix 1 tbs. of water to every 3 tbs. of plaster.) Place in sun to dry. Print out this turtle pattern. Cut turtle bodies from heavy paper or felt. Sew or glue beads or sequins to head for eyes (see sketch b). Glue shells to body when plaster is dry. These turtles may be used for paperweights, in marine gardens, as place cards or ornaments. If you wish to wear the turtle as a lapel pin, attach a safety pin underneath the felt body.
How to Draw Cartoon Turtles
Learn how to draw turtles, step by step, by choosing a turtle tutorial above...just click on one of the turtle icons above.
More Turtle Crafts Below
Tin Turtles - These are made by flattening tin cans out so this requires parental assistance for safety reasons.
Sea Shell Turtles - Find out how to make these sea shell turtles with specific shells and pipe cleaners.
Folded Paper Turtle Craft - Make this paper model toy of a turtle. Print it out, paste it to cardboard, and then fold it up...it stands up on its own.
Make a Turtle Creature from Wax and a Nut Shell - You can make this adorable turtle too with the easy-to-follow instructions meant for children.
Clay Turtles - Here are 4 examples of clay sculptures - clay heads, bodies, mice, and turtles. Learn how to make clay turtles.
Baby Pet Turtles Craft - - Have the kids make their very own Baby Pet Turtles! This is a fun and creative turtle craft for school-aged children! Make a whole family in different sizes and colors!
Balloon Turtle Making Paper Mache Craft - - In the first turtle craft, you will learn how to make a balloon turtle using a balloon and papier-mâché.
Beady Foam Turtle Arts & Crafts Project for Children - - If you have a son or daughter who always wanted a pet turtle, but YOU didn't want to take care of a pet turtle, make this cute no-mess version out of foam sheets, beads, and colorful metallic threads. Your kids will love making this easy "pet" that's pocket-sized!
Bottle Cap Turtle Craft for Kids - - Turn a bottle cap into a tiny turtle!
Clay Pot and Saucer Turtle Duo - - Here's a great way to recycle leftover clay pots and saucers - make them into this cute terra cotta turtle duo for your garden or porch step.
Decopatch Paper Maché Turtle - - Isn’t this little guy fresh with his bright pink flower embellishing his shell? Decorating items with decopatch paper is lots of fun and a great craft for the summer out on the patio.
Egg Carton Turtle Craft for Preschoolers & Toddlers - - This is another easy craft where you can pick how you want to decorate the carton.
Foam Turtle Soap Bath Toy - – This easy soap craft project makes bath time all the more fun!
Franklin Toilet Paper Roll Craft Project - - Franklin is made with a toilet paper tube, a printer, a piece of paper, some crayons, scissors, and glue. I always prefer to use a heavy paper (like construction paper), but it isn't necessary.
Hopping Turtle Racing! Printable Paper Toy Craft - Print out a couple of these little turtles, tie a string to a chair leg and let the races begin!
How to Make a Duct Tape Turtle - - Duct tape crafts make great projects for kids (as well as for grown-up duct tape fanatics). Since turtles are generally liked by everyone, here you'll learn how to make two turtles from duct tape--a simple, flat one and a more realistic, three-dimensional one.
How to Make an Origami Paper Turtle - - Learn to fold an origami turtle with instructions from a professional artist in this free video about paper folding crafts.
How to Make an Origami Turtle with Paper Folding Diagram - - This "abstract" turtle is easy to make from a standard 8 1/2 x 11" sheet of paper. It's an easy origami project because it doesn't involve any complicated folds.
How to Make a Turtle Rattle - - Do you need something special for a baby shower? Are you looking for something whimsical? Then this little felt turtle rattle may be just the thing you have been looking for. It is simple to make, stitched completely by hand and can be completed in a few short hours. This is a fun project that would also be a great teaching project for a group of young girls. Gather the supplies and introduce this activity at your daughter's next sleepover.
How to Make Origami Tortoises Lessons (PDF)- Tortoise origami model.
How to Make Origami Turtles Directions - Parent and child turtles origami models.
How to origami a cute turtle - - Fold an origami turtle with a design by Joost Langeveld. Yes, there must be turtles in the Netherlands.
Jacques the Sea Turtle - - I’ve always loved small stuffed animals - so much so that I learned to crochet, just so I could make my own! Inspired by small bean bag turtles that I use for paperweights and a recent viewing of “Finding Nemo”, Jacques was designed to be a desk companion. When filled with catnip, he makes a unique cat toy! Because I’m on a Yarn Diet, he’s made from bits of leftover yarn - any worsted weight yarn will do!
Lazy Turtle Paper Craft - - Turtle is an amazing animal. It can live for more than one hundred years. Turtle is a slow animal. If you or your children love it you can make the model of it.
Magic Clay Turtles - - Enjoy making these turtles out of clay.
Make a CD Turtle - - It is easy to transform an unwanted CD into an adorable turtle. Just follow these simple directions.
No-Sew Bean Bag Turtle with Pocket - This turtle can be glued with fabric glue or stitch up with a needle and thread.
Oragami Paper Turtle - - Make a cute little box turtle out of paper using oragami paper folding techniques. All you need is some paper, scissors, glue, and your imagination. This is a great paper turtle craft to make a creative greeting card as well!
Paper Bag Puppets, Owl and Turtle - - Paper bag puppets to keep you busy!
Paper Bowl Turtle - - Sam I Am explains how to make turtles out of paper bowls.
Paper Bowl Turtle - - Make a pull-along pet turtle out of an ordinary paper bowl.
Paper Bowl Turtle - - Always use your imagination and be creative when building these kids crafts or any others. It's your creation, so be inventive when looking for building supplies — you just may be surprised! When building your project, experiment with new and different ways of putting it together. The most important thing is to have fun!
Paper Mache Turtle Pinata - - This project will take a few days to finish, but the end result is very rewarding!
Paper Plate Turtle Craft - - Children love turtles. This turtle paper plate craft is a fun, easy preschool craft project.
Paper Plate Turtle Craft - - Let your child use the felt tip pen to draw on a nose and mouth and to decorate the "shell" of the turtle, if they wish.
Petunia Turtle Crochet Pattern - - Petunia is the cutest turtle in school! Her floral detail and colorful shell make her the most popular turtle around! Add this free crochet pattern to your collection.
Plushie - Patchwork Turtle - - This project shows you how to sew a plushie sewing pattern to create a toy turtle.
Quick Color Wonder™ Turtle - - When you create a turtle with Crayola Color Wonder™ Paints, it’s easy to add texture and blend colors—all with no clean-up!
Racing Turtles - - Run your own speedy races with slowpoke Model Magic® critters. What can you do to increase your turtle's speed?
Sea Life Cards - - Alcohol inks help create a colorful background for these two sea life cards by Maria Nerius. Have fun experimenting with color and how colors blend.
Sea Turtle Puppet - - Learn different ways to make a sea turtle puppet.
Sea Turtles - - These creatures frequent the warm water of the coral reef. The sea turtle is often green and has a large, streamlined shell and head and limbs that don't retract into its shell. Our turtle shell is actually a clay pot and a little cuter than most sea turtles you'd see in the wild.
Sea Turtle Soap Saver - - Put your soap in and pull the string tight, knot it, and tie another knot in the end to hang him in your shower with.
Shiny Sea Turtles - - Sea turtles are captivating creatures! This shimmering portrait brings the legends—and fascinating facts—about them to life.
Stained Glass Turtle - - Let your kids make their own stain glass turtle.
Stone turtle - - Did you know that the shell cute design on turtles varies by species? There are many types of turtles and your family can learn about them by checking out a book at your local library. Once you learn about the different types, you can make a stone turtle of each! You can even create your own turtle with a custom design if you feel so inspired.
Stuffed Paper Sea Turtle Craft - - In this tutorial you will learn how to make a sea turtle from stuffed paper.
Terra Cotta Garden Turtle - - Add this whimsical green turtle to your outdoor decor or garden with terra cotta saucers.
Terrence the Turtle - - Always use your imagination and be creative when building these kids crafts or any others. It's your creation, so be inventive when looking for building supplies — you just may be surprised! When building your project, experiment with new and different ways of putting it together. The most important thing is to have fun!
Terrific Turtles - - Turtles have been around since the days when dinosaurs walked the earth -- millions of years ago. In our next turtle activity, you will learn how to make your own terrific turtle.
Timmy the CD Turtle - - Recycle an old CD into a new turtle magnet for your fridge!
Timmy the Terra Cotta Turtle - - Turn a terra cotta clay pot into a cute turtle with pompom feet.
Tissue Paper Turtle Crafts - - Turtles are a hit with kids, perhaps because of its deceptively simple shape: that of a large circle with a pointed tail, blunt legs and rounded head. Turtles figure in popular tales, move with stately slowness and live for a very long time. Perhaps their resemblance to dinosaurs adds to their appeal, as well. Whatever the reason for their popularity, kids will enjoy creating tissue paper crafts.
Tortoise or Turtle Craft - - You can use this craft with different sized containers to make different size tortoises. When we did it, I made the "mommy" tortoise with a single serving yogurt container and the girls made "children" tortoises with egg carton cups.
Turtle - - Kids will have fun by getting their hands dirty while making this amazing turtle.
Turtle - - Kids get creative as they make their own turtle, complete with wiggly eyes and a painted shell!
Turtle Beaded Safety Pin - - Use this free pattern to make beaded safety pin jewelry.
Turtle Convention - - Turn everyone in the class into a turtle.
Turtle Craft - - I saw this very simple craft for making a turtle in one of my Mailbox magazines.
Turtle Crafts- Turtle crafts for kids. A turtle is a type of animal that may live on land or in the water. Turtles have shells and are the slowest moving reptiles. Most turtles that live in the water have webbed feet like a duck. Tortoises have thick legs like elephants and sea turtles have flippers.
Turtle Eggs and Walnut Turtles - - Learn to make your own turtle eggs and walnut turtles.
Turtle Straw Hat Decorations - Decorate a 6" straw hat to look like a turtle. Makes a great luau decoration.
Turtle Party! Tags and Tables - - Slow down! It's time for a turtle party! Create turtle place-setting tags. Decorate with a table runner that's great for after-dinner games and turtle races.
Turtle Plushie - - Follow these instructions to make this plushie turtle.
Turtle Pony Bead Pattern - Follow instructions to make a turtle keychain.
Turtles at the Pond - - Observe turtles and other creatures at an aquarium, pond, or other natural area. Kids recreate their experience with a 3-D nature display.
Turtle-Shell Patterns - - Students create their own turtle-shell pattern. This fun arts and crafts activity is a great way to teach students about animals.
Turtle Sock Hand Puppets - - Make a turtle puppet out of a sock!
Turtle Straw Hat Decoration - - Decorate a 6" straw hat to look like a turtle. Makes a great luau decoration.
Turtle Tails - - When you're playing turtle tails, don't pull your head in and hide. Make believe you're a turtle for a box full of fun!
Turtle Themed Cross Stitch Pattern - - One slightly more complex cross stitch pattern for children to make -- you can skip the words at the bottom to make it more simple.
Turtle Three Dimensional Craft - - This is a simple cut and paste turtle craft with a twist -- you end up with a three dimensional turtle to display or play with.
Turtle Treat Box - - Fill it will a surprise for a fun favor the kids can make themselves.
Turtle Tuck Costume - - Trick or treat as Turtle Tuck this Halloween! With some stiff felt and our printable template, your shell is sure to take shape. Basic clothing takes care of the rest!
Turtle : Printable Paper Model Turtle - Print out this adorable turle paper model.