“Arm” Yourself with 8 Easy Octopus Crafts

When it comes to sea creatures, the adorable octopus tops your kidlet’s favorites list every time. It’s no surprise, with those wondrously wild tentacles and mesmerizing moves. Capture the magic of these underwater idols with any simple octopus crafts that are super easy to prep and make. Scroll down for all “octo.”


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photo: Allison Sutcliffe

1. Paint a Paper Roll Octopus
This cute octopus is swimming around all over Pinterest. Probably because he’s oh-so-easy to make and decorate. All you need is a toilet paper roll, some paint and sparkly embellishments your little artist can glue on wherever she chooses. Dive in to this simple craft!


photo: Solomon Sewing via Facebook

2. Wind up a Pipe Cleaner Octopus
Big bunches of pipe cleaners, a Styrofoam craft ball and some googly eyes are what your budding marine biologist needs to make a colorful octopus that stands up to play time. Carmel at Solomon Sewing takes you through the steps of this twisted craft that’s perfect for preschoolers.



photo: sweettmakesthree.com

3. Fabricate a No-Sew Sock-topus
Breathe new life into outgrown tights and socks when you turn them into a cuddly underwater friend your kidlet will love. Jenn at Sweet T Makes Three navigates the waters of this craft with ease, and we’re pretty sure your little mate can too.


photo: buggyandbuddy.com

4. String Together a Pasta Octopus
Colorful noodles are the building blocks of this amazing octo’s eight legs and the hardest part of this easily made craft. Chelsey at Buggy and Buddy  has everything you need to know to assemble this cute guy, including how put the pizzazz into the pasta before your kiddo starts stringing.


photo: Allison Sutcliffe

5. Glue on a Cheeri-octopus
Turn your kidlet’s favorite snack food into the centerpiece of this adorable octo craft that starts with a simple pintable and really gives those fine motor skills a workout (shhh…don’t tell them). Let your mini me color or paint his favorite patterns all over the blank canvas before gluing on the o’s. We’re total suckers for this one!



photo: stuckonglue.com

6. Roll Up an Octopus
The “eyes” have it on this larger than life octopus pal your mini me’s gonna love. There’s plenty to cut, paste, paint and roll after you’ve printed out the free template, designed by Laura at Stuck On Glue. She’s got everything mapped out so you can craft like a pro.


photo: craftsbyamanda.com

7. Cut out a Water Bottle Octopus
Repurpose that stash of plastic water bottles taking up space in your recycle bin by turning one into a bow-topped sea dweller. Your mini can dress his plastic creature up any way he sees fit. All it takes is paint, fabric and some sparkly embellishments to complete this stylish underwater look. Get the DIY deets from Crafts by Amanda.


photo: onelittleproject.com

8. Dab a Do-A-Dot Octopus
Your wee one knows that everything looks better with polka dots, even a crafty octopus. Gussy up a construction paper cutout with Do-A-Dot markers or a bingo stamper, like Debbie at One Little Project to make this playful friend. It’s simple crafting at its best!

Which one of these octopus crafts do you think you’ll try with your kiddo? Tell us how it goes in a comment.

–Allison Sutcliffe



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