Parental supervision is recommended
Craft a deep sea creature any kid would be happy to meet with this wool octopus. This is simple craft that uses the odds 'n' ends of wool often found in any crafter's house.
What you'll need:
- Odd balls of wool
- Felt scraps
- A regular sized Bible
How to make it:
- Wind the wool around the length of the Bible (not too tightly) until you have a nice wad of wrapped wool. Cut this off from the ball of wool.
- Carefully take off your wound wool from the Bible. Using a short piece of wool, tie round the wound wool, about 2 inches (5cm) from the top, and again with another piece of wool a further 4-5 inches (8 - 10 cm) down, tying both knots tightly.
- Using the scissors, cut through the small loop. This will be your octopuses' hair.
- Cut through the large loop. This is going to make the legs.
- Trim the hair to whatever style you wish, remembering not to cut too close to the knot.
- Turn your octopus upside down and sit it's head between your legs. Divide the cut wool into eight even 'legs' and plait each in turn, using small pieces of wool to tie off each leg, then trim.
- Your octopus is almost complete - using the felt, cut out some eyes and a mouth, and glue on.
- Your octopus is complete !!!
This is of course a male octopus. To make a female octopus, make your first knot a little further down, and then instead of cutting the loop at its full length, cut a 'fringe', allowing the rest of the wool to form the long hair - which you can then dress up as a pony tail, plait or leave it down.
You can make a small octopus as a baby's toy - make as for female octopus, but instead of cutting a 'fringe' cut the hair for a boy octopus, leaving one of the loops intact. Now you can attach this little octopus to your baby's pram or cradle and it will bob about when hit by the baby !!!