Make an adorable paper bowl sea turtle craft!

If you’re looking for a fun ocean craft, these paper bowl sea turtles are just the thing. They’re so easy to make with supplies you already have on hand, and the finished sea turtles are adorable.

This sea turtle is a fun craft for summer break, and it also goes well with an ocean unit.

Sea turtles come in a variety of colors, so kids can decorate their sea turtle however they want. Some have green shells, like the Olive ridley sea turtle or the Green sea turtle, and others are brown like the Loggerhead sea turtle.

Supplies Needed for a Paper Bowl Sea Turtle Craft:

  • Disposable paper bowls
  • Cardboard or card stock
  • Googly eyes
  • Paint – we used acrylic
  • Scissors
  • A black Sharpie – a regular Sharpie or a paint marker
  • Hot glue or another craft glue

I made a printable pattern for the sea turtle’s head and flippers. If you look at this pattern and think, “Hmm, this looks very homemade,” it’s because it totally. I took the patterns we used, traced them by hand, and then created a printable file for you. One day I’ll learn how to use Adobe Illustrator or something to make things look better. But today is not that day!

Step 1: Cut out the head and flippers from cardboard. You can use card stock if you prefer, but I like the cardboard for durability. Still, card stock might be better if you’re doing this with a group. Cardboard is harder for kids to cut on.

Step 2: Paint the bowl and the cardboard pieces for the head and flippers. We used acrylic paint.

Step 3: Use a Sharpie marker to draw a pattern on the shell. Then gather all your pieces including some googly eyes.

Step 4: Glue the googly eyes to the head. Then glue the head and flippers to the underside of the paper bowl.

And that’s all there is to it! Your turtle is complete! SO CUTE.

Ready to print the pattern?

Click the link, and the file will open. You can print or save from there.

Pattern Here: Sea Turtle Pattern

Need more Ocean Crafts and Activities?

Make your own ocean animal stuffies! We have printable patterns for a stuffed starfish, whale, and fish. This is a fabulous beginning sewing project.

See it here: Felt Ocean Animals

We also have a collection of Ocean Science Experiments. Learn how whales eat, explore how currents work, and much more.


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