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How to Make a Toilet Paper Tube Octopus

Paper Octopus - finished octopus
This is a fun indoor project for the kids. Younger ones might need help with the cutting. Use your choice of colored paper to cover the tube. Here is another crafting use for the stash of TP tubes. Make several of these friendly TP tube octopuses or octopodes.
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Paper Octopus - close up of finished octopusThis cute octopus is a good rainy day craft for children old enough to handle scissors and marker pens. I've made mine sea green, but you can decorate yours any way you want.

Supplies:

  • 1 piece of light green paper
  • 1 green or blue marker pen
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • paper glue
  • 2 wiggle eyes
  • 1 tissue roll tube
Paper Octopus - supplies
 

Steps:

  1. Cut a piece of paper about 3 inches longer than your tube and wide enough to wrap around it.
  2. Paper Octopus - cut a piece of paper to cover the tube
     
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  3. Draw wavy lines diagonally across the paper to look like underwater ripples.
  4. Paper Octopus - draw wavy lines to look like ripples
     
  5. Apply glue down the length of the tube.
  6. Paper Octopus - apply glue to the length of the tube
     
  7. Stick one edge of the paper to the tube.
  8. Paper Octopus - stick one edge of paper to the tube
     
  9. Wrap the paper around the tube and stick the other edge in place.
  10. Paper Octopus - wrap paper around the tube
     
    Paper Octopus - stick down the other end
     
  11. Cut wide slits at the bottom for tentacles. We all know that octopuses have 8 tentacles, but don't worry about getting the exact number.
  12. Paper Octopus - cut wide slits for the tentacles
     
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  13. Use the edge of your scissors to make the tentacles curl. Go gently so as not to tear the paper.
  14. Paper Octopus - use the scissors to curl the tentacles
     
    Paper Octopus - work gently so as not to tear the paper
     
  15. Use plenty of glue to stick the eyes in place.
  16. Paper Octopus - glue eyes in place
     
  17. Give your octopus a big happy smile with your marker pen
  18. Paper Octopus - use marker to add a smile
     
    Paper Octopus - finished octopus
     
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