What you will make:
See how easy it is to make a little yarn octopus that is the perfect
size, about 5", to hang on your backpack. It also makes a terrific
gift or craft bazaar sale item. Each octopus only takes a little yarn to make
—about ¼ ounce. These little cuties are just
right for your yarn leftovers.
This is a great project for groups of kids or family craft time. Two
four-ounce skeins of yarn in contrasting colors will make over 30 little
yarn octopi. Making small balls of yarn for each child will make the
craft go faster.
At the end of this project page, find links to other sites with
more sea creature crafts and information on the octopus.
Related craft: Make a
Woolly Octopus by winding yarn around a book. This is a
technique popular in Britain for quickly making a cuddly octopus.
Here's what you need:
- Two colors of yarn: 24 feet of one color and 4 feet of
- 1 or 2 cotton balls
- Two wiggly eyes (8mm)
- White glue (Elmer's, PVA)
- Optional: Scraps of felt
This project is rated EASY to do.
How to Make a Yarn Octopus
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Cut Yarn
Cut twenty-four 12" (20 cm) pieces of the primary color
yarn. Cut eight 4" (8 cm) and one 12" (20 cm) pieces of the
second color yarn.
- Step 2: Lay Out Yarn
Lay the yarn on a flat surface so it looks like the spokes of
a wheel, with the middle of each piece of yarn crossing all of the other
yarn pieces at the center of the wheel. It is best to lay out two or
three pieces of yarn together as you go around the wheel.
- Step 3: Form Head
Put a small wad of cotton, about 1" in size, in the center
of the wheel. To form the octopus' head, gather the pieces of yarn up around the cotton and
tie them together with a 12" piece of the second color yarn.
Make sure to tie a secure knot. Adjust the pieces of yarn to cover the
Tip: Get a friend to help with the tying.
- Step 4: Braid Legs
Separate the yarn into eight groups of six. Braid each group,
tying the ends with a piece of the second color yarn. You will end
up with eight braids that form the octopus' eight legs.
Tip: Gently hold the octopus' head between your
knees as you braid.
- Step 5: Glue Eyes and Mouth
Glue two wiggly eyes onto the head. Use yarn or felt to make
a mouth for your octopus and glue it on the head. Once the glue has
dried, you can play with your new little toy.
Tip: Slip a length of yarn under a few
strands of yarn on the octopus' head to form a hanger. Tie a tight
knot close to the head, then tie the octopus to your back pack.
That's it! Your octopus is done!
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