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Tadeo Turtle Puppet

Tadeo Turtle Puppet

Reposting this craft. Want to make an easy Tadeo Turtle puppet? Follow the directions. Use your imagination.

Finished Tadeo Turtle puppet


  • 1 paper (styrofoam) bowl
  • 2 paper plates
  • paint, brushes (watercolour or arcylic)
  • scissors
  • string or wool or ribbon
  • something to punch a hole with (I used a pen)
  • a piece of wood (dowelling) or a straw

Draw shapes on the bowl to represent a turtle (imagination is good here as any shapes will be do).

Draw puppet body for turtle

Paint the shapes. I found that it was hard for the paint to adhere to the styrofoam bowl but with a little patience it made some marks. I waited until it dried and painted again.

Paint the body of turtle

Paint the front and back of the paper plate. Wait for it to dry. Draw on the shapes for a head, 4 feet and a tail.

Paint front and back of paper plate for turtle


Draw parts for turtle on paper plate

Draw parts on plate for turtleCut out the shapes.

head for turtle puppet

Attach the tail and the head to the body. I found the best way – cut a slit into the bowl and slide the head into the bowl. Do the same to the tail.

Put holes in the bowl where the feet will go. Put a hole in the top of each foot.

Thread the wool through the hole in the foot and knot it .). Continue with this piece of wool and thread it through the hole in the bowl (knot inside the bowl). Attach the string to the piece of wood or straw (the puppet controller).

Continue to thread the wool through the holes to fasten the feet to the body and tie to controller.

Finished Tadeo Turtle puppet

Using the controller you can now manipulate your puppet (marionette) and make him walk, skip, dance or jump. Here is the Tadeo Turtle Puppet in Action.

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CRAFTING SATURDAYS – Pointillism Tadeo Turtle

Crafting Saturdays – Pointillism Tadeo Turtle

Pointillism Fished Picture Tadeo

I thought I would try something new for me. I decided to paint my turtle using 3 colours and Q-tips. I used blue, red and yellow. I used the technique called Pointillism.

I waited while each colour dried before applying the next set of dots.

I did not try to be exact the way the masters were. I tried to do as a child. I had fun.

After drawing an outline of my turtle, I started with the first colour dabbing dots into the turtle’s shell.

Pointillism Tadeo Turtle

I continued to add colours to the shell.

Pointillism Tadeo Turtle Step 2

Then I added dots of colour to the head, feet and tail.

Pointillism Tadeo Turtle Step 3

When I had finished I dabbed in any areas that seemed to need more colour.

Pointillism step 4

At this point you could cut out the Tadeo Turtle or make a background using the dots.

I decided to use the plastic wrap background.

For the background I wet the paper; then I dropped paint into the wet paper; I applied plastic wrap in long strips to look like bushes and leaves.

Pointillism step 5

For the foreground I wet the paper again; then dropped a mixture of all the colours to make a brown and a grey; I added other colours as well. This time with the plastic wrap I placed the plastic to look like stones and rocks.

Here is a picture with the plastic covering the foreground. I placed heavy books on the plastic and WAITED. That is always the hardest part.

Pointillism step 6

This is my picture after removing the plastic wrap.

Pointillism Tadeo Step 7Here is the final picture when I added a little bit of shading, a couple of rocks and a face on Tadeo.

Pointillism Fished Picture Tadeo

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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