How to Make a Turtle Costume With Paper Mache

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How to Make a Turtle Costume With Paper Mache
A paper mache turtle costume can be easy to make with materials around the house. (NEWSPAPER image by huimin from

A turtle costume can be a charming idea for someone attending a Halloween party or performing in a school play. Making one at home with some basic household items is a thrifty alternative to purchasing a turtle costume at the store, where like items can be expensive. With some tips and guidance, putting together a paper mache turtle costume can be quick and easy.

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Things you need

  • Newspaper
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Glue
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Exercise ball
  • Green paint
  • Paint brush
  • Elastic
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Green shirt
  • Green trousers

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  1. 1

    Mix together equal parts flour, water and glue in a bowl with a spoon. About one-half cup of each works well.

  2. 2

    Tear a newspaper into strips. Drench the strips in the glue mixture and drape them onto one side of an exercise ball. Take care to cover exactly one half of the ball, as this will make the shape of the turtle shell. Cover generously and let dry.

  3. 3

    Peel the hardened newspaper shell from the exercise ball. Paint the shell with green paint and let dry.

  4. 4

    Attach a strip of elastic to each side of the newspaper shell, placing a drop of hot glue at the end of each strip. You should now have two straps that can slide over the shoulders to make the shell sit on the back.

  5. 5

    Pair the shell with a green shirt and green trousers to complete the turtle costume.

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