DIY Paper Octopus

This is a great project to work on with kids at home or in the classroom.

Whether it's for a sea themed birthday party, bedroom d├ęcor, or an easy Sunday night project. Engage children through hands-on crafts. Take the opportunity to teach them a little more about the world under the sea. After all, about 70% of the earth's surface is covered with water.

Did you know? Octopuses have three hearts. They can squeeze into tight spaces because they no skeletons (making them invertebrates.) And they can change colors in order to communicate with other octopuses!

Follow these easy steps to create your very own original homemade octopus. Materials used in this DIY project are easily accessible or contain everyday items found around the house.

Inspire to inspire! Let's get started.

You Will Need:

- Scentos Scented Fine Line Markers

- ColorScents Scented Colored Pencils

- Sugar Rush Pencil

- Scissors

- Printing Paper

- Tape or Glue


- Self-Adhesive Googly Eyes

- Self-Adhesive Jewel Assortment

Step 1

- Calculate the halfway point of your paper, and draw a line going across the paper in pencil. You will use the bottom half to create the octopus's tentacles.

- Each tentacle will be 1 inch long in width. Mark each point in pencil working across the paper.

- Using a pair of scissors cut out the octopus's legs, stopping at the halfway mark.

- Completely cut out and remove the last tentacle. This space will leave a gap to connect both sides of the paper. 

Step 2

- Now it's time to decorate!

- Hold your colored pencil sideways and lightly color in the background. Feel free to mix and match colors for a blended, colorful look! 

- Draw circles along the length of each tentacle using Scentos Scented Fine Line Markers. Add in the eyes and mouth. Here, you have the option of adding googly eyes for a fun and silly octopus. Or add adhesive jewels for a sweet and charming octopus!

Step 3

- Glue or tape into place

Step 4

- Curl the legs. (Parents may need to help children at this point.) Curl the legs by running a scissor down the length of the leg. You may also roll each leg around a pencil to create the curl.

"Sea" You Later!