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Turtle from Recycled Containers

By: Julie Lewis
Julie Lewis
Julie Lewis
Julie Lewis was destined to be an artist…at least that was what she was told from Kindergarten on. Born outside of Cleveland, Ohio, she was blessed to have been given an incredible art education all through her school years and from her creative and talented parents. Growing up in a world where every day brought some new creative adventure, it was no surprise that she went on to graduate from the Cleveland Institute of Art with a B.F.A. in graphic design. Her professional life included working in many fields from industrial advertising to American Greetings. Most gratifying was working as a designer for the largest craft company, Plaid Enterprises in Georgia where she now resides.She paints and creates felt soft sculptures inspired by said paintings and now sells them through her shop STELLALOLA on Etsy. She is inspired by many things around her…most importantly, a wonderful family, an insanely happy German Shepherd and one stoic Alaskan Malamut.
A turtle that is truly green…created from a recycled grocery container!
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Skill Level: Beginner


PLAID Supplies
  • Apple Barrel ® Colors - White, 2 oz.
  • Apple Barrel ® Colors - Black, 2 oz.
  • Apple Barrel ® Colors - Caterpillar, 2 oz.
  • Mod Podge ® Gloss, 4 oz.
Find these items in the Plaid Store!
Other Supplies
Styrofoam egg 2 ½” x 1 ¾”
Plastic fruit container
Flat brush ½”
Liner brush #1
2 each lime green and tan chenille stems
Brown foam sheet 2mm
Aqua and green tissue paper


1.    Tear tissue paper into small pieces and apply to outside of larger part of container with Mod Podge®.
2.    Tear newspaper into same small pieces and apply to smaller part of container.
3.    Paint egg Caterpillar. Apply face details with liner brush and dots made from opposite end of brush dipped in paint.
4.    Cut four feet and tail from foam.
5.    Glue chenille stems into grooved lip around container bottom and lid as shown.
6.    Glue tail and feet to underside of turtle bottom.
7.    Push in larger end of egg with thumb to create a small indentation. Glue head to shell of turtle.

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