Papercraft Octopus

Enjoy some creativity in your day with this simple Papercraft Octopus! In just four simple steps, your kids will have a completed project that is sure to give them a great feeling of accomplishment!

Papercraft Octopus

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When my kids had a blast spending time creating this Papercraft Jellyfish, I knew I had to keep my eye out for another sea creature craft. That’s why I was so excited when I came across this Papercraft Octopus! I knew that my kids would love this simple craft.

Another reason I love making these crafts is that it gives us the opportunity to start conversations and learn together. I’m sure your kids, like mine, have sooo many questions about all sorts of things. While we craft, we can discuss some of their questions and connect with one another. 

So after school, we gathered our supplies that we had around the house and got to work! 

Supplies

Papercraft Octopus
  • Construction paper
  • Craft glue
  • Sharpie
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

How to Make a Papercraft Octopus

Papercraft Octopus
  • To start this craft, choose the colors of construction paper you’d like to use. For this tutorial, I used three different shades of purple for each part of the papercraft octopus. The template includes a head base, head spots, tentacles, blush (small round shapes) and eyes. You can cut the eyes from the template. Trace the rest of the patterns onto your desired colors of paper. Once they’re all traced, cut each of the pieces out.
Papercraft Octopus
  • Now it’s time to start gluing the pieces together. Start by gluing the head spot cutouts in a cluster near the top side of the head base cutout (the big round cutout).
Papercraft Octopus
  • Next, glue the eyes and the blush cutouts on the head cutout as well. I attached the eyes around the middle of the head and the blush cutouts along the bottom side of the head. 
Papercraft Octopus
  • Finally, glue the head pattern on the curved side of the tentacles cutout. Use a sharpie or a gel pen to draw the mouth of the papercraft octopus. 
Papercraft Octopus

Tips and Tricks

  • You can add other details with the sharpie too like eyelashes or add dots along the tentacles.
  • Get creative with the colors and details of your craft! Pick your favorite colors for the octopus, or try to recreate the colors of an actual octopus! 
  • To convert this papercraft into a puppet, simply glue a popsicle stick to the back side of the octopus!

More Papercraft Octopus Ideas

Visit your local aquarium! Bonus points if you can find an interactive aquarium that lets you pet the creatures! Learn more about sea life while making lasting memories together. This activity is sure to entertain the kids for a day. 

Another way to help your kids learn more about sea life is to watch Finding Dory. There are so many cool facts about sea creatures (including octopuses!) as well as the powerful themes of family and home. Grab some popcorn or other yummy snacks and cuddle up for a fun movie night! 

Art is so enriching to your kids’ minds. Check out this Mixed Media Mermaid Art craft! Through using multiple mediums, your kids are engaging in a great sensory activity that is strengthening their minds. It is also a fun change from the normal paper crafts to spice things up and get creative juices flowing! 

Papercraft Octopus

Papercraft Octopus

Enjoy some creativity in your day with this simple Papercraft Octopus! In just four simple steps, your kids will have a completed project that is sure to give them a great feeling of accomplishment!

Materials

  • Construction paper
  • Craft glue
  • Sharpie
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

Instructions

To start this craft, choose the colors of construction paper you’d like to use. For this tutorial, I used three different shades of purple for each part of the papercraft octopus. The template includes a head base, head spots, tentacles, blush (small round shapes) and eyes. You can cut the eyes from the template. Trace the rest of the patterns onto your desired colors of paper. Once they’re all traced, cut each of the pieces out.

Now it’s time to start gluing the pieces together. Start by gluing the head spot cutouts in a cluster near the top side of the head base cutout (the big round cutout).

Next, glue the eyes and the blush cutouts on the head cutout as well. I attached the eyes around the middle of the head and the blush cutouts along the bottom side of the head. 

Finally, glue the head pattern on the curved side of the tentacles cutout. Use a sharpie or a gel pen to draw the mouth of the papercraft octopus. 

Notes

You can add other details with the sharpie too like eyelashes or add dots along the tentacles.

Get creative with the colors and details of your craft! Pick your favorite colors for the octopus, or try to recreate the colors of an actual octopus! 

To convert this papercraft into a puppet, simply glue a popsicle stick to the back side of the octopus!

If your kids liked this papercraft, check out these other sea creature crafts!

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