I just dropped by our local craft store and found supplies that let me make a few unique sorority gifts fast. These are for Delta Zeta and since turtles are pretty easy to draw and paint, I was able to turn these sorority gifts out very quickly.
First, I bought a foam coosie for 50 cents or a dollar (I can't remember which). First I drew the turtle design on paper. From that point, I have several choices: (1) Draw the turtle free hand on the coosie, (2)cut out the turtle from the paper and trace around it with a pencil, or (3)use a sheet of graphite paper behind the paper pattern to transfer the design to the coosie - this is easy and gives you the most detail, but you need to have graphite paper. I usually use the graphite paper way.
After I have my turtle design, I add color with paint. Using my acrylic paints - olive green, white, and black, I painted my little turtle. The easiest way to add the BLACK detail is with a Sharpie pen. That is what I used for the turtle outline, turtle eyeballs, and the "Delta Zeta" at the top of the coosie.
The acrylic paints dry so fast that I was finished in no time. Actually, I painted the foam star stickers at the same time, while I had my paints out and brushes already in the paint. The foam stars (foam comes in so many shapes and colors) have a peel off backing that can be removed when you are ready to sticky the star onto something. The tiny turtles were painted "free hand" and have very little detail since they are so small. Again, I used my fine Sharpie to write "Delta Zeta" in an arc over the turtle. Now that is done, too.
My last handmade sorority gift is actually a hand painted wooden box. You have seen these in the craft stores. They are round and come in graduated sizes. Sometimes they are sold in sets of 3 different sizes that nest inside of each other. I was able to buy a single box. I painted the top with olive green acrylic paint. After that was completely dry, I used the pattern method mentioned above for the coosie to get my turtle design on the box. Instead of PAINTING the turtle's shell, I cut the pattern out of pink and white striped fabric. I glued the fabric onto the box with Tacky glue, being careful to put it on just the write place.