Clay Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Friends, today I am beyond excited to introduce a very special guest poster to you…Little Crafter!  He has been begging me to write a post of his own, so here it is!  He typed out some of the directions himself {one letter at a time!} and the rest he dictated to me so I could type them just the way he said them.  {Which, by the way, is a great exercise for me in letting go of control…oy!} Here is his tutorial, in his own words.  Enjoy!!


Clay Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

I am so excited.  this is how to make teenage mutant ninja turtles out of clay.

You need:
Sculpey Clay of all kinds of colors
tray and foil
parchment paper


Step 1: make a green ball for its head.


Step 2: make a mask for its head and put it all the way around the ball.  Orange for Michaelangelo, Purple for Donatello {which are the pictures I’m using}, Red for Raphael, and Blue for Leonardo.


Step 3: Make two white balls for its eyes.  Stick them on his mask.


Step 4: Make two little black dots for inside his eyes.  Make a black smile for him and stick it below his mask.


Step 5: Make his body.


Step 6: Get a big brown piece.  Shape it like his body.  Put it on the back of his body for his shell.


Step 7: Make little shapes for arms and legs and make one of the legs farther down than the other one so it looks like he’s doing a trick and kicking.  Put on gloves and shoes.


Step 8: Give him a belt.

Clay Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Step 9: Stick him in the oven for 30 minutes.

Step 10: Done.


And there you have it, folks!  What could be easier?  Little Crafter came up with and completed this project all by himself.  He made Michaelangelo {the orange one} first; one night while I was cooking dinner, he sat at the table and created it then brought it in to show me.  I made a few suggestions, like, “Why don’t you give him a belt?” but for the most part, it was all his doing.  That’s five-year-old creativity at work, friends.  I hope you and the Little Crafters in your life enjoy it as much as we do here in the Artsy House.  Little Crafter is confident that you will love his post.  He says, “I know they will love it.  They will want to pin it.  And put it on Facebook.”  Needless to say, my mama-heart will be eternally grateful for any of you who show this post some love…  Didn’t he do an awesome job for his first guest post?  Maybe I should make him a regular contributor, what do you say?


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  1. Wow!!! These turtles are awesome…Maybe you could make a Grandma Turtle…. 🙂
    You did an amazing job on your first post…You do so many great things…I’m sure your readers would love to have you post again some time… 🙂
    Love the Turtles!!!

  2. Cowabunga dude! This is excellent! The directions & pictures are very good. I want to make these with my grand-daughter; I hope they tutn out as nice as yours, Thank you for sharing this great craft idea!

  3. We love TMNT around our house! I think my littlest ones would love this craft. (Even my teenagers would probably enjoy it and geek out.) Keep the Little Crafter tutorials coming!!

  4. He did an amazing job!!!! You know, if he links up to my party this week, I just might feature him 😉

    Also, let him know that my daughter loved his post and now, since she’s been asking me too, I am going to “let go” and let her “write” a post too, especially since she now asked why I haven’t let her be blogger yet lol

  5. Rosie says, “You did a nice job, Noah. I hope you have had a nice summer so far. I liked the purple one and the orange one. I saw the orange one and I said, “wow,” remember?” Good job! You are a very artsy kid.”

    Jessie says, “Way to go, bud! Mama is teaching you well 🙂 “

  6. This is seriously the BEST tutorial I have EVER seen on the internet for making TMNTs out of clay! I am definitely sharing this with all my friends and family, because I think they would like to learn how to do it to.

    Thank you so much little Crafter! I can’t wait to see what else you have up your sleeve! 😉

  7. LC, you did an AWESOME job! Your Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles look great, and you did such a wonderful job explaining the directions too. I can’t wait to see what project you come up with next!

  8. Amazing job sadly I couldn’t get my kids when they were younger to craft. So keep going little crafter and never stop.

  9. Wow! What an amazing job LC!!! Your directions were clear and your Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles came out great!!! You should be very proud of yourself! I am going to try this soon with the little kids in my family! Thank you and keep up the great work!

  10. This is just super cool! You are so creative! I’d love it if you shared this at my link party going on right now so other people could see it!!

  11. Great tutorial Little Crafter – you explained it all so clearly and I love how you made the shells 🙂 Thanks for sharing can’t wait to see some more crafts from you.

  12. Great job Noah! You are such a great artist and writer. I hope you bring them to the wedding to show Uncle Stephen, he is a big ninja turtle fan. If you have time maybe you could make one as a wedding gift for Uncle Stephen & Aunt Joanna. They would LOVE it! Love, Grammy

  13. What a great job you have done with these turtles! They are awesome! I know my kids will like your tutorial and want to make their own. 🙂

  14. What a great craft idea! The turtles are super cute and the directions are easy to follow. Way to go LC! I hope to see more posts from you in the future!

  15. Great instructions! These will be easy to follow because you wrote everything out so clearly, thank you. Great job and I can’t wait to make my own TMNT!

  16. This is awesome! My auntie discovered the TMNT (& taught them their funky dance) & helped make them famous, and she says they’re going to be just chuffed to bits to see your model! I’m pinning it so they’ll see it on Pinterest – they do love to browse there on their time off after all!
    Love Donna xxx

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