Blanding’s Turtle Craft

The Blanding’s Turtle is an endangered species of Iowa. This means it is illegal to take them out of the wild. But these turtles are pretty dang cute and you can make your own. It’s really easy and fun because you get to decorate it however you want.


Turtle Craft supplies


  • Brown paper
  • Yellow paper
  • Googly eyes
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Coloring utensils for decorating



Step 1:

Take the brown paper and draw a circle on it. Cut this circle out.


Turtle Craft step 1-1

Step 2:

Cut that circle in half. This will become the shell.


Turtle Craft step 2-1 Turtle Craft step 2-2

Step 3:

Then you’re going to cut out rectangles that will become the head for your turtle. I folded them in half and then on the connected side, I rounded the edges off.


Turtle Craft step 3

Step 4:

Glue the brown and yellow paper together. This will become the head of your turtle. The yellow is technically the bottom of the turtle’s head because they have a yellow chin and neck.


Turtle Craft step 4-1 Turtle Craft step 4-2

Step 5:

Cut out two more rectangles for the legs. You’re going to do the same thing as what you did to make the head. Just round off the ends.


Turtle Craft step 5

Step 6:

Then you’re going to glue everything together. The legs, head and tail will be glued onto one shell and then glue the other shell on top.


Turtle Craft step 6

Step 7:

Now, my favorite part. Stick the googly eyes on.


Turtle Craft step 7

Step 8:

Fold the first and third leg up, then flip the turtle over. Fold the second and fourth legs the other way. This will be how your turtle stands up.


Turtle Craft complete

Step 9:

Add your own designs. Add the scutes and yellow markings.


Now you have your very own Blanding’s Turtle. My turtle guy doesn’t stand up very well but I still love the way he turned out. If you make your own turtle, tag us or leave it in a comment! We would love to see it!