How to Make a Toilet Paper Tube 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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This 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.


  • 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


  1. Cut a piece of paper about 3 inches longer than your tube and wide enough to wrap around it.
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  3. Draw wavy lines diagonally across the paper to look like underwater ripples.
  4. Apply glue down the length of the tube.
  5. Stick one edge of the paper to the tube.
  6. Wrap the paper around the tube and stick the other edge in place.
  7. 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.
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  9. Use the edge of your scissors to make the tentacles curl. Go gently so as not to tear the paper.
  10. Use plenty of glue to stick the eyes in place.
  11. Give your octopus a big happy smile with your marker pen
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Crafts Crafts For KidsFebruary 19, 2020
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