A few months ago, I found a great octopus in my Mailbox magazine which I intended to share with all. Well, you know how things go. Then the other day I found a couple of great octopuses or octopi (I looked it up), floating around some of my favorite sites. These finds renewed my desire to share this cute little guy with you. Check out a great paper plate octopus at Casa Camacho and a wonderful handprint octopus at Just For Fun.
This craft has a few steps that might be a little more than the average preschooler can manage. I would say this is probably a "grown-up and me" type craft.
For this octopus you will need:
a metal hanger
Your first obstacle is to scour your home for a metal hanger. I have about 3000 plastic ones, but the metal ones are rare. After you have found the hanger, hold the curved top and grab the middle of the bottom. Pull the bottom down until the hanger is shaped like a diamond.
Take a piece of tissue paper and lay the hanger on it. Trace the diamond shape onto the tissue paper. Cut the diamond shape out, but don't cut right on the line you drew. Cut about an inch away so you have tissue to fold over the hanger. (You will notice my tissue is very wrinkly and shiny. I actually found this in one of our gift boxes. It's sort of like a cellophane type piece of paper).
After the tissue is cut out, lay the hanger back on the tissue paper and put some glue all around the inside of the hanger in a diamond shape.
For the next step little ones might need a bit of help. Fold the tissue over the hanger and press to the glue. The step was easier than I imagined, but I had to add spots of glue for overhang. Or you could cut the overhang off.
Now you will need 8 lengths of crepe paper, about 1 ft. or longer. Your little ones could even rip pieces off if they would like. Put eight spaces of glue on the tissue paper and then attach the crepe paper legs.
Finally, he needs some eyes. I took a white piece of construction paper and folded it in half. Then I traced a cup and cut out two circles. Use some marker to add pupils, then glue to the body.
He really turns out "outrageous."