Learn How to Make a Paper Plate Octopus

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Learn How to Make a Paper Plate Octopus

Introduction:

Making a paper plate octopus can be super easy with the help of our step-by-step instructions. We included a downloadable printable for this arts and crafts project to make things easier for you and the kids to make this adorable octopus. All you need to do is to gather the necessary materials below and follow the complete instruction below. Happy crafting!

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Tools

  • Scissors
  • Puncher
  • Paintbrush
  • Black Marker

Supplies

  • Paper Plate
  • Googly Eyes
  • Glue
  • Colored Paper
  • Poster Paint
  • 3-4 Pieces of Construction Paper (one color of your choice only)
  • Pink Colored Paper
  • Printable
How to Make a Paper Plate Octopus - Materials
How to Make a Paper Plate Octopus - Materials

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Step 1

Create the base head of the paper plate octopus

How to Make a Paper Plate Octopus - Step 1

The paper plate should be proportional to the printable. Do so by trimming the edge a bit.

We’re using a 9-inch paper plate. If the paper plate you’re using for this project is smaller, there is no need to trim the edge.

How to Make a Paper Plate Octopus - Step 2

Fold the paper plate in half.

How to Make a Paper Plate Octopus - Step 3

Once folded, trim the edges by cutting along the dashed line as illustrated above.

How to Make a Paper Plate Octopus - Step 4

Unfold the paper plate.

How to Make a Paper Plate Octopus - Step 5

Color the paper plate with the same color of construction paper you will be using to make the tentacles. For this project, we decided to color the paper plate octopus with a light purple shade to match the construction paper we will use to make the tentacles.

How to Make a Paper Plate Octopus - Step 6

After painting, set it aside to dry.

Step 2

Make the tentacles of the paper plate octopus

How to Make a Paper Plate Octopus - Step 7

Grab the printable and cut each outline with a pair of scissors.

How to Make a Paper Plate Octopus - Step 8

Once cut, you should have four tentacle-shaped stencils.

How to Make a Paper Plate Octopus - Step 9

Get stencil A and trace it on the colored paper TWICE.

How to Make a Paper Plate Octopus - Step 10

Cut the outlines made using stencil A.

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You should now have 2 XL tentacles from stencil A. Repeat the process TWICE on each of the three stencils (B, C, and D).

How to Make a Paper Plate Octopus - Step 12

Once you have traced and cut each of the four stencils twice, you should now have eight tentacles.

Step 3

Attach the tentacles to the paper plate head

How to Make a Paper Plate Octopus - Step 13

Grab the head and the paper tentacles.

How to Make a Paper Plate Octopus - Step 14

Let’s start with the right side first. Attach each tentacle beginning from the biggest (A).

How to Make a Paper Plate Octopus - Step 15

The biggest paper tentacle (A) should be from the lower front, and the smallest (D) should be the last paper tentacle to be attached on one side (A>B>C>D).

How to Make a Paper Plate Octopus - Step 16

Once you have attached all four tentacles on one side, it should look like the sample picture above. Do the same on the other side.

How to Make a Paper Plate Octopus - Step 17

You have now made the base of the paper plate octopus. Time to decorate!

Step 4

Make the suction cups of the paper template

How to Make a Paper Plate Octopus - Step 18

Punch some holes on a pink paper plate using a puncher.

How to Make a Paper Plate Octopus - Step 19

These tiny pink circles will be suction cups of the paper tentacle.

The sample puncher we have can only make small circle cutouts. It would be better to use a puncher with a bigger hole so that small kids won’t have difficulty sticking them to the tentacle. You may also cut small circles using scissors instead if you don’t have a puncher.

How to Make a Paper Plate Octopus - Step 20

Stick these small pink circles on the bottom part of each of the eight paper tentacles.

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The paper tentacles are finished!

Step 5

Make the face of the paper plate octopus

How to Make a Paper Plate Octopus - Step 22

Stick some googly eyes on the paper plate octopus. You may also draw some eyes instead if you don\t have googly eyes.

How to Make a Paper Plate Octopus - Step 23

Give our little friend a smile by drawing a curved line using a marker.

How to Make a Paper Plate Octopus - Finish

The paper plate octopus is now done!

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Woah that’s a cutiee <3

  2. Thank you for sharing this craft and for making it really easy for us to make

    • same 👊

  3. My octopus looks good!

  4. Finally made this after a few days stuck gathering the stuff!

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