Make your own Octopus!

Seeing that this oil spill tragedy is such big news maybe now is a good time to show your children or students the importance of our oceans. Not to make light of the disaster but making an ocean themed craft can give you a segway to teaching your children about the ocean and make it fun at the same time. This is an easy and inexpensive craft that is alot of fun to do.

I personally like octopus’ and I also have plenty of toilet paper/paper towel tubes around the house. You can also use wrapping paper tubes or anything else in that shape that you have lying around the house.

Toilet Paper Tube
Googly Eyes, puff balls, markers, buttons or any round eye shaped items or Craft Eyes – Bright Color Collection
Colored Markers
Hot Glue Gun
Toilet Paper, Cotton, Paper, scraps of cloth
10 ct. 2 oz. Bottles – Assorted Color Washable Kid’s Paint
Brush Value Pack
Glitter Set
Feel free to get creative and use any other odds and ends you have lying around the house to decorate your octopus. You can even take an old shoe box or any small box and make a complete ocean home for your sea friends! Perfect for summer!


Step 1: Stuff the inside of the tube about half of the way through. with stuffing forming the head of the octopus.
Step 2: Paint the entire paper tube white.
Step 3: After the white dries paint your octopus any color you want.
Step 4: Wait until paint dries.
Step 5: Make small cuts on the lower portion of the paper tube making 8 legs.
Step 6: Use the Marker to curl up the legs by rolling them up.
Step 7: Add eyes and other decorations you want.
Step 8: Draw, paint or glue on mouth.
Step 9: Let your octopus sit and dry for a while to make sure all decorations and paint have dried.
Step 10: Play with or show off your new friend.

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