Here’s a cute little paper octopus bookmark that’ll prove to be a cheerful and appropriate companion for your little one’s summer reading!
Have you felt so overwhelmed that you wished you had a few extra arms? We could do so much more, isn’t it? Well, unfortunately, we have to make do with just two for now – not all of us can be as lucky as an octopus!
The eight arms are certainly what give an octopus its name, but that’s not all that’s amazing about this creature! It’s no wonder that it’s a popular choice for characters in cartoons, movies and tv shows. Here are some amazing facts about octopuses that’ll blow your mind!
Fun Facts about Octopuses
- The eight arms of an octopus can do eight different tasks simultaneously
- Octopuses have blue blood due to the copper in their blood cells
- They have three hearts – two for pumping, and one for circulating
- Octopus ink can burn a predator’s eyes and paralyze their senses temporarily
- The blue-ringed octopus of Australia is the only one dangerous to humans
- Octopuses are smart – they can solve puzzles, use tools and navigate mazes
You have to admit, at least some of these facts blew your mind! I personally am surprised that their eight arms are so versatile – imagine what we could do if we had such arms! For now, we’ll make do with an octopus that’ll use its arms to hold on to a page in our book – with an adorable DIY paper octopus bookmark!
Cute and Easy DIY Paper Octopus Bookmark
- Jumbo craft stick
- Craft paper in different colors
- Black marker
- Glue stick
How to make the Paper Octopus Bookmark:
1. Download and print the paper octopus bookmark template. The template includes parts of the octopus, like head, mantle, tentacles, eyes and spots.
2. Trace the parts of the octopus on colored craft papers and cut them out. You can use any colors of your choice, choosing complementary colors, or choosing different shades of a single color, like we’ve done with purple here.
3. Let’s start by assembling the head of our paper octopus bookmark! Stick the mantle at the base of the head. Stick the eyes in the middle of the head, and the spots on top. Take out your marker and draw a cute little smile!
4. Moving on to what makes the octopus so mobile – its tentacles! Start by sticking the curved tentacles, leaving some space between them.
5. Now stick the straight tentacles in these empty spaces – let them overlap over each other. Make sure to apply glue to the back of the mantle when sticking these tentacles.
6. Now, attach a jumbo craft stick to the back of your octopus head, leaving the tentacles free.
7. All that’s left to do is to draw some lines inside the tentacles with a marker. That’s it – your cute paper octopus bookmark is ready to be used!
To use your paper octopus bookmark, simply insert the page between the tentacles and the craft stick, so it will look like your octopus has grasped the page by its tentacles! You can now go ahead and make multiple octopi in different color combinations. Be sure to gift some to your friends and classmates!
This craft is great for World Octopus Day on 8th October, or World Oceans Day on 8th June, or World Aquatic Animal Day on 3rd April. Isn’t it a funny coincidence that the eight-armed creature has its special day on the 8th day of a month that begins with ‘Octo’? Amazing!
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