Paper plate turtles-DIY

As you all already know, how much I love crafting. I always loved experimenting and making stuff. When we came to California, I was super excited as I thought I could learn new things and explore the artistic world around me here. I was looking for classes, DIY tutorials to start decorating my new home. Suddenly, I stumbled upon a volunteering vacancy in a charter school that needed a teacher for an after school Crafts session. I never thought, I could ever teach kids. Me being I, I never leave a chance to try something new 😉 I was like- HECK, Why not? It’s just volunteering and if I don’t like it, I can always leave it after a few sessions. But as a surprise, I loved crafting with the kids. Not only was I having fun, I was also learning so much from them. For most of my crafts projects, you can find the materials around your home or you can purchase them at the dollar store. With kids, I don’t really like getting too expensive. Come on, I’m sure all of you out there do the same? Don’t you…!? 😉

If you’re looking for an easy and a simple crafty afternoon with your kids, this should be a to-go project for all of you. It is very cheap to make and I’m surethe kids will love it.


Materials needed:

  1. Paper plate
  2. Scissors
  3. Green construction paper
  4. Blue construction paper
  5. Wiggly eyes / 2 circles cut out of black paper
  6. Glue
  7. Markers/ Sketch pens


  1. Cut several pieces of the green paper into small squares.
  2. Glue the squares on the top of the paper plate.
  3. For the head, I cut a semi-circle from the blue paper and stuck it to one end of the paper plate.

Optional : You can use black circle as the eye if you do not find wiggly eyes.

  1. For the hands and legs, I used the same blue paper and cut out mini squares and rounded it one side. Then I asked the kids to glue it onto the paper plate.
  2. Cut a long triangle of the blue paper and glue it onto the opposite side of the head to make the tail.
  3. I used wiggle eyes and stuck it on to the cut out head and asked the kids to use the markers to give the turtle a happy face J

Don’t forget to let us know how your experience was doing this project and do share your stories with us. We would love to hear from you 🙂