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Yarn Octopus Tutorial


We made these cute little guys to go along with our O is for Octopus school unit in My Father’s World K, you can see the other fun things we did with this unit here.  They are great because they don’t require many supplies and are fairly easy to make.  My kids loved playing with them after we made them.

First gather your supplies: some yarn (we used rainbow yarn that is one strand but changes colors on the strand), a small foam ball, a glue gun, scissors, and googly eyes

Cut your yarn into 48 12 inch sections. Then bundle it into 2 groups of 24 peices and tie each bundle with a knot in the middle and trim the excess from the knot.

Then dab a tiny dot of hot glue under your knot and glue the first section down and spread out the peices of yarn to cover each side of your ball.

Then glue the other section on top of that one laying it perpendicular to the other one so that it covers the whole foam ball with yarn.

Then gather all the peices at the bottom of your ball and tie a knot to secure them.

Next separate the stands into 8 sections containing 6 pieces of yarn each. Braid each arm using 2 pieces of the yarn together to make a 3 strand braid and then secure the bottom of each leg with a knot. I left each knot with a little extra so they looked like little bows at the end of each leg.

Then use your glue gun to glue on goggly eyes and a small piece of yarn for the mouth.

For MG’s octopus I made a bow at the top. Instead of tying my 2 -24 piece sections in the middle, I just tied the 2 ends of both sections together in a knot to form a sort of bow and then i laid the bow on top of the ball and pulled it around and tied it at the bottom like regular excpet I made a bow for at the bottom instead of a knot. She was too impatient for me to braid hers so we went with lots of floppy legs on this one!

They turned out so cute and they carried them around with them for a week! I love how each one looks like their own personality. Caleb’s was all neat and tidy and MG’s was a little more free flowing with a bow of course!

Enjoy making these cute little guys!  I would love to hear how it goes!


  1. Melanie

    These are soo cute! Have to try making these.

  2. Kirstin

    These are adorable! Pinning 🙂

  3. Kendall

    This octopus is adorable! We are doing letter O next week and have an octopus craft planned too but nothing as cute as this! I featured this post on my blog for the weekly kid’s co-op. You can check it out here:


  4. Julie

    Enjoyed this so much, I am featuring it on Mom’s Library Link-Up this week. Head over and grab an I was Featured button! Can’t wait to see what you have been up to this week!

    Julie @ Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk

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