Tree by the sea

The Unschooling life of Barney & Hebe

The making of our giant sea turtle with an eco friendly twist!

You will need for the paper mache-

  • 1 packet of wallpaper paste
  • 1 large bucket
  • lots of news papers.

Make up the wallpaper paste in the bucket according to the instructions on the packet ,set aside till you need it.

Other things you will need for this project-

  • sellotape
  • scissors
  • pva glue
  • acrylic paints
  • lots of plastic bags
  • plastic bottle tops
  • ring pulls from cans
  • netted food bags
  • any old bits of rubbish you can find lying around in your recycling bin!!!!!
making the wall paper paste :)

making the wall paper paste 🙂

Stir crazy!!!!!!!

Stir crazy!!!!!!!

To start with we needed a basic turtle shell shape. For this we twisted news paper into long sausage shapes and taped them together to make a oval . Next we taped sheets of news paper to the oval as you see in the picture.

To start with we needed a basic turtle shell shape. For this we twisted news paper into long sausage shapes and taped them together to make a oval . Next we taped sheets of news paper to the oval as you see in the picture.

Next we scrunched up news paper into balls and filled up our oval until it was nice and plump like the shape of a turtle shell! Dont be scared to make it to high as you will paper mache over this and it will sink a little.

Next we scrunched up news paper into balls and filled up our oval until it was nice and plump like the shape of a turtle shell! Don’t be scared to make it to high as you will paper mache over this and it will sink a little.

Next we covered the whole thing with more sheets of news paper to seal in all the paper balls. We sealed it all with more tape . This is now the basic turtle shell shape :)

Next we covered the whole thing with more sheets of news paper to seal in all the paper balls. We sealed it all with more tape . This is now the basic turtle shell shape 🙂

This is where the mess comes in!!!! Rip up lots of news paper into strips and dunk them into the bucket of wallpaper paste, scrape off the excess glue and start to lay your strips onto the turtle shell! We done one side and then left it to dry for a couple of days and then turned it over to do the other side!
This is where the mess comes in!!!! Rip up lots of news paper into strips and dunk them into the bucket of wallpaper paste, scrape off the excess glue and start to lay your strips onto the turtle shell! We done one side and then left it to dry for a couple of days and then turned it over to do the other side!

Next we made the turtles wings,feet ,head and tail, now i wish i had more detailed pictures of these or even some templates to show you but i'm afraid I didnt take many pictures of this bit and we just made the shapes up by looking at pictures of turtles. To make the head,wings,legs and tail we scrunched up paper and taped them all together to make the right basic shape and then covered them in sheets of news paper and taped them tight,we then paper mache'd news paper onto each body part...

Next we made the turtles wings,feet ,head and tail, now i wish i had more detailed pictures of these or even some templates to show you but i’m afraid I didnt take many pictures of this bit and we just made the shapes up by looking at pictures of turtles. To make the head,wings,legs and tail we scrunched up paper and taped them all together to make the right basic shape and then covered them in sheets of news paper and taped them tight,we then paper mache’d news paper onto each body part…

Here are all the finished pieces!!! We made good use of the heat wave and put them in the sun to dry. However drying paper mache is a long process and we had to do this for a couple of days! I think the shell took nearly a week!

Here are all the finished pieces!!! We made good use of the heat wave and put them in the sun to dry. However drying paper mache is a long process and we had to do this for a couple of days! I think the shell took nearly a week!

Once all the pieces were dry it was time to assemble! We turned our turtle onto its back and with pva glue we glued them into place. Next we taped them all down .We filled in between the limbs with more scrunched up news paper to make a slightly rounded under side to the shell and then paper mache'd over them all to hold it all firmly into place!.....this took a few more days to dry........

Once all the pieces were dry it was time to assemble! We turned our turtle onto its back and with pva glue we glued them into place. Next we taped them all down .We filled in between the limbs with more scrunched up news paper to make a slightly rounded under side to the shell and then paper mache’d over them all to hold it all firmly into place!…..this took a few more days to dry……..

Finally dry and we began to paint our turtle :) Hebe chose a brownish green color acrylic and pva glue mix for extra shine :)

Finally dry and we began to paint our turtle 🙂 Hebe chose a brownish green color acrylic and pva glue mix for extra shine 🙂

we painted the top of the shell dark green and then with pva glue we stuck plastic bottle caps onto our turtles shell. For the eyes we used bottle caps and glued wobbly eyes to the centers .

we painted the top of the shell dark green and then with pva glue we stuck plastic bottle caps onto our turtles shell. For the eyes we used bottle caps and glued wobbly eyes to the centers .We used ring pulls from tin cans to ad a great  affect of scales to the legs and wings!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   We were inspired to make this turtle after our Flat Hebe project took us to Bali and the Kuta beach turtle conservation. Flat Hebe helped set free some turtle hatch-lings right there on the beach! Sea Turtles are endangered because of people killing them for their meat or digging up the eggs to sell but with the help of the kind people at Kuta Beach and at other Sea Turtle conservation’s around the world  ,they are giving them a helping hand and a great start in life!! The next thing that these little hatch-lings have to face is OUR rubbish floating around in the ocean!! Turtles eat it and it kills them!! There is the infamous  Great Pacific garbage patch  and 90% is made up of PLASTIC!! Sea turtles eat these floating plastics mistaking them for food and as they break down in their stomachs the pollutants  become much more concentrated and deadly poisoning these beautiful creatures! Plastic shopping bags floating in the ocean look exactly like a yummy jelly fish to a hungry sea turtle and they can eat hundreds of these deadly plastic phonies !…………………Please please think before you toss aside that crisp packet or empty drinks bottle, where it is going! When you wave goodbye to that helium balloon or see a plastic bag floating by………where are they going!? We can all make a start with helping….recycle,re-use,recreate and MAKE ART!! 

We made a background board for our turtle to lay on. We made it look like the ocean by sticking on blue plastic bags. We made a sun from a yellow plastic bag pushed inside a yellow plastic fruit net bag, we glued some plastic strips cut from an orange juice carton to the back of our yellow sun and then added a large yogurt pot lid to the back to hold all the pieces in place. We made jelly fish from white plastic bags and glued them to the ocean board too. A small map of Bali (and part of Indonesia) was glued to the bottom corner,as Bali is where our love for Sea Turtles started :)

We made a background board for our turtle to lay on. We made it look like the ocean by sticking on blue plastic bags. We made a sun from a yellow plastic bag pushed inside a yellow plastic fruit net bag, we glued some plastic strips cut from an orange juice carton to the back of our yellow sun and then added a large yogurt pot lid to the back to hold all the pieces in place. We made jelly fish from white plastic bags and glued them to the ocean board too. A small map of Bali (and part of Indonesia) was glued to the bottom corner,as Bali is where our love for Sea Turtles started 🙂   All of the plastics we have used in this project are potential threats in the ocean to a poor sea turtle 😦

Please please think before you throw away your plastics, where it is  going ! When you wave good bye to that helium balloon or toss aside your sweet rappers and drinks bottles ………where are they going!

We are really proud of our sea turtle project and hope you like it too :)  Maybe you could try and make one too or even use our idea's to create something different . Good luck and have fun :)

We are really proud of our sea turtle project and hope you like it too 🙂
Maybe you could try and make one too or even use our idea’s to create something different . Good luck and have fun! and remember to Recycle,Re-use,Re-create and make Art!1150897_10152143485549408_318966638_n

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One response to “The making of our giant sea turtle with an eco friendly twist!

  1. Liv and I are inspired!! We are studying turtles this week and are sooooo going to follow your lead and create a turtle too, thanks for this awesome post! 😀

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