Crafting Saturdays – Woven Tadeo Turtle

Today I am showing a craft that can be modified for little ones or older ones. For the little ones make the paintings large and cut the strips large as well. The little ones can cut straight lines. For older children, the pictures can be more intricate.

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Woven Tadeo Turtle
Finished Woven Tadeo Turtle – by Janis Cox

I painted this picture using watercolours. Tempera Paint would work well too.

1. Paint two pictures that are similar.

They don’t have to be identical because they could end up as a lovely design instead. But today I painted two similar pictures of Tadeo. I used complementary colours so they would blend well.

Woven Tadeo painting background


When I first paint a picture I paint the underpainting – spattering colours on wet paper – (this is not necessary for this craft but thought I would show you what I did).

picture one I then painted the first picture. For the background I used wet paint and plastic wrap to make the trees, leaves, bushes (at least give the idea of that). You can see more about using plastic wrap in Tissue Tadeo.

I did the same for the second picture – so now I have two pictures. Here is the second one.

Woven Tadeo picture 2

 2. One picture for the frame. One picture to weave with.

Now you have 2 similar pictures. One will be the frame for weaving and one will be the strips.

woven Tadeo cutting side oneThis is cutting the frame. Notice I put masking tape at the top to warn me NOT to cut all the way through. But go right up to the tape.

Woven Tadeo Cutting side 2

Next cut the second picture into strips. Cut these all the way through. I used masking tape to show you the pieces  (they kept flipping over).

You don’t need to use the masking tape. Cut the strips from the second picture the opposite way to the first picture. These are the weaving strips. I also numbered them as I cut them. You could number them on the front for the little children (but I numbered on the back).

3. Now to the weaving part.

This is fun. It is the under/over weaving.. You will not use all the strips. So decide which ones you want to use. I think I cut 11 and used 8 strips.

Woven Tadeo - beginning to weavePush each strip up as tightly as you can to the next one. If you want you can put a little masking tape to hold it at the end. As you travel down your picture decide whether to leave out a strip.

Woven Tadeo  - almost finishedHere I am almost done. Now look at the legs of Tadeo – you can hardly see them. I decided I wanted to see the legs. So I cut out the weave that was covering the leg.

woven Tadeo cutting out partsNow the feet can be seen. You can cut out any areas that you wish. I used a knife – but little scissors would work too.

On the back use tape to hold down the pieces because once they are cut they might fall out.

Woven Tadeo turtle - the backAnd there you have it Woven Tadeo Turtle. Of course, your child does not need to paint a turtle. I happen to be stuck on turtles right now. Any painting will do. I did one of palm trees.

Final Picture ready for Framing

Woven Tadeo Turtle
Finished Woven Tadeo Turtle – by Janis Cox








    1. Well as you can see I have not kept up with my comments. Last year at this time when all these comments were coming in we had recently returned from 6 months away. I guess I missed them all. Thanks for featuring my art idea.

  1. Wonderful project for both young and old alike. The turtle comes alive with the weaving and i must say I really like the red water colour turtle, beautiful : )

    1. Annabelle,
      Thank you very much. Yes we noticed that when we wove pictures together there was movement. The palm tree picture makes it look as if the leaves were swaying.

  2. Hi Janis,
    This is a beautiful piece of art work. I’ll definitely come back when we learn about turtles. My kiddos would love this project. Thank you for linking up at Home Educator Mom.

  3. Oh, that’s amazing!! Not only is the process cool, just the two individual Tadeos were adorable! I can’t wait to check out more. We are HUGE turtle fans in our family! 🙂

  4. Janis, first off…WELCOME to Sunday Sketches! 🙂 I LOVE love your woven turtle piece. It’s brilliant and I really appreciate you sharing with us your step by step process. 🙂

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