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Crafts/DIY

Clay Pot Turtles

Simple mini clay pots and a saucer from the dollar store along with paint, wiggle eyes, and buttons transform into a cute clay pot turtle just in time for summer.

You can browse the internet for LOTS of clay pot crafts but this one tops the cake in my mind! This little turtle is the cutest and I know you’re going to want to make some of your own!

Here is what you need to make your own Clay Pot Turtle:

  • Clay Pots – 1.5” in diameter, Four – Dollar Store
  • Clay Pot Saucer – 4” in diameter, One, Dollar Store
  • Acrylic Craft Paint – Light Green, Medium Green, Pink
  • Styrofoam Ball, 2” – Dollar Store
  • Wiggle Eyes, Two – Dollar Store
  • Assorted Buttons – Green
  • Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Liquid Craft Glue
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • Pencil with new eraser

Gather all materials and then remove the packaging and labels.  Basecoat the clay pot saucer with light green acrylic craft paint.  Let the paint dry and then apply a second coat, if necessary.

Basecoat the styrofoam ball with medium green acrylic craft paint.  Let the paint dry and then apply a second coat, if necessary. Place the foam ball on a pencil to paint so that you have a handle.

Basecoat the four clay pots with medium green acrylic craft paint.  Let the paint dry and then apply a second coat, if necessary.

Apply a layer of liquid craft glue on the base of the clay pot saucer and attach green buttons. Set aside to allow the glue to dry.

Using a glue gun and glue sticks, apply a second layer of green buttons to the base of the clay pot saucer, overlapping the first layer.

Dry fit the foam ball head onto the edge of the clay pot saucer and push gently to create an indent on the foam ball. Attach the turtle’s head to the shell with a glue gun and glue sticks. Hold in place until glue is set.

Using a glue gun and glue sticks attach two wiggle eyes to the turtle’s head. Add polka dot cheeks by dipping a new pencil eraser into pink acrylic craft paint. Set aside to dry. 

Add polka dot accents to the turtle shell by dipping a new pencil eraser into medium green acrylic craft paint. Repeat to create the turtle’s toes on the four mini clay pots, by dipping a new pencil eraser into light green acrylic craft paint.

Place the four mini clay pots together in a square pattern, and then attach the turtle’s shell using a glue gun and glue sticks.

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This is a great family fun craft activity to complete with the kids or grandkids. It would make the perfect place card for a summer barbecue dinner, fun tag for a summer birthday present, or decoration to gift to a neighbor or co-worker!

OR, just as some cute decor as you welcome summertime!

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