What you will make:
In this craft project, learn the British way of making a
yarn octopus. This technique is a disarmingly simple way to
make a cute toy with items found in most people's homes, and it will use up
those leftover scraps of wool (yarn).
This is a great project for groups of kids or family craft time.
Grandmas are good sources of odd balls of wool, and will enjoy making
woolly octopi with the kids.
Related craft: Make a little
using just a ¼ ounce of yarn and wiggly eyes.
Here's what you need:
- Odd balls of wool
- Felt scraps
- 8" to 9" book (regular-sized Bible, for example)
- White glue (Elmer's, PVA)
- Optional: Wiggly eyes
This project is rated EASY to do.
How to Make a Woolly Octopus
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Wind Wool
Wind the wool around the length of the book (not too tightly)
40 to 60 times until you have a nice wodge of wrapped wool.
Cut this off from the ball of wool.
- Step 2: Tie Yarn
Carefully take your wound wool off the book. Using a short
piece of wool, make a tight tie around the wound wool, about 1" to 2" (3-5
cm) from the top. This forms the hair for the octopus. Make another
tie a further 3" to 4" (8 - 10 cm) down to form the octopus' head.
- Step 3: Cut Yarn
Using scissors, cut through the small loops at the top.
This will be your octopus' hair. Cut through the large loops at
the bottom to form the octopus' legs.
Trim the hair to whatever style you wish, being sure not to cut too close to the
- Step 4: Plait Legs
Turn your octopus upside-down and hold its head between your
legs. Divide the cut wool into eight even "legs" and plait (braid)
each in turn. Use short lengths of wool to tie off each leg, and
trim the ends.
- Step 5: Make Face
Your octopus is almost complete. Using the felt, cut out eyes
and a mouth, and glue on.
Tip: If you like, use wiggly eyes in place of
the felt eyes.
That's it! Does your octopus need
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