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Plant Pot Turtle Craft

This adorable plant pot turtle craft is so fun to make.  With a few mini pots, acrylic paint and craft scraps, you can create a darling turtle!

Plant Pot Turtle Craft

An earthy orange colour, they are mostly associated with flower pots, but there are infinite uses for a simple terracotta clay pot. They are the perfect crafting material.

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It’s been a while, so today, I decided it was time to have a crafty morning. After looking through my stash, I found some extra terracotta pots.

Cute clay turtle craft!

With a fun clay pot craft in mind, I got to work! How adorable is this turtle?! Cheery and bright, this is a great project to do with little ones.

Plant Pot Turtle Craft

This easy tutorial with step-by-step instructions makes it simple too. What better way to spend time getting creative?

Plant Pot Turtle Craft Process

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Supplies needed:

Side note – I love, love, love that hot glue gun. A rechargeable glue gun with no chord has been so freaking convenient when crafting lately!

Plant Pot Turtle Craft Process

All of my craft supplies were found at Dollarama! You can order similar materials from Amazon using the links above.

How to create a clay pot turtle:

1. Gather all materials and then remove the packaging and labels. 

Plant Pot Turtle Craft Process

2. Basecoat the clay pot saucer with light green acrylic craft paint.  Let the paint dry and then apply a second coat, if necessary.

Plant Pot Turtle Craft Process

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

Plant Pot Turtle Craft Process

4. 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.

Plant Pot Turtle Craft Process

5. 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.

6. 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. 

Plant Pot Turtle Craft Process

Cute turtle details!

7. 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.

Plant Pot Turtle Craft Process

8. 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. 

Plant Pot Turtle Craft Process

9. 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.

Plant Pot Turtle Craft Process

10. 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.

Tips and tricks:

  • You don’t have to buy new pots for these crafts. Give a new look to old clay pots instead.
  • The end of the season is the perfect time to pick up some pots, either at home improvement, gardening, or craft stores. They are usually clearing out their leftover terracotta pots, meaning you get a great deal.
  • Using spray paint is a great way to get quick, even coverage on your pots.
  • A decoupage medium, like Mod Podge, does a great job of sealing your DIY project and prolonging its life.
Plant Pot Turtle Craft

Where to use clay pot crafts:

  • Use various sizes of pots to build a terracotta pot diy lighthouse. Their stackable design makes them perfect for a tower.
  • That stackability comes in handy for making a Christmas tree too.
  • If you’ve got a green thumb, create an indoor garden. Plant your favourite flowers or an herb garden. Or beautify your front door with a tiered planter full of greenery to welcome guests.
  • Little fairy houses are lots of fun to make.
  • Making a bird feeder is a great gift for the bird lovers in your life.
  • Tiny clay pots make cute clay pot wind chimes. Paint them a nice bright colour, make patterns, or leave them simple to suit your taste.
Plant Pot Turtle Craft

Get creative and put your own unique touch on these cute pots. I’d love to see your creations!

More clay pot ideas:

Plant Pot Turtle Craft

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Plant Pot Turtle Craft

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Plant Pot Turtle Craft

Clay Pot Turtle Craft

Yield: 1
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $5

This adorable plant pot turtle craft is so fun to make.  With a few mini pots, acrylic paint and craft scraps, you can create a darling turtle!

Materials

  • Dollar Store Terracotta Clay Pots – 1.5” in diameter, 4
  • Clay Pot Saucer - 4" in diameter
  • Acrylic Paint – Light green, Medium green, Pink
  • Googly Eyes, Two
  • Styrofoam Ball - 2"
  • Buttons - Green, assorted sizes
  • Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • Pencil with New Eraser

Instructions

1. Gather all materials and then remove the packaging and labels. 

2. Basecoat the clay pot saucer with light green acrylic craft paint.  Let the paint dry and then apply a second coat, if necessary.

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

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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. 

7. 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.

8. 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. 

9. 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.

10. 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 THE most adorable and cute craft!!! My daughter and granddaughters love turtles (my daughter is a biology professor)!! This is perfect for my granddaughter and I to make when she comes to stay in a couple of weeks and I have my aunt’s huge button tin to boot!! Thank you!!!!