How to Make a Paper Plate Octopus | Ocean Crafts for Kids

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Paper plate octopus craft is an exciting way for kids to learn about ocean creatures while brushing up on some scissor cutting and other fine motor skills. 

“I want an octopus for a pet!”

Have you heard such demands from your toddler? Well, I have when mine was a toddler. From turtles to whales to fish to octopuses, she wanted any or all at home. She was a crazy fan of all the ocean creatures, you could say that!

Well, since an octopus is out of bounds for obvious reasons, you can still bring a smile to your child’s face with this super fun paper plate octopus craft. The end result will be even better than the real deal, for your child can run wild with his/her colorful imagination.

You can create wonders with the humble paper plate. Do check out our other Paper Plate Crafts for some exciting craft-time.

 

How to Make a Paper Plate Octopus

Paper plate octopus is a simple and exciting way to replicate ocean creatures at home. It's bound to be a hit with kids who love their sea creatures.

 

Supplies to make the  Paper Plate Octopus

Paper plate octopus is a simple and exciting way to replicate ocean creatures at home. It's bound to be a hit with kids who love their sea creatures.

  • A Paper Plate
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Scotch Tape
  • Acrylic paint in Orange, Pink & Yellow
  • Googly Eyes
  • Scissors
  • Sponge Brush
  • Paint Brush

Steps to Make a Paper Plate Octopus

Paper plate octopus is a simple and exciting way to replicate ocean creatures at home. It's bound to be a hit with kids who love their sea creatures.

Cut the bubble wrap into eight 1/2 inch strips using child-safe scissors.

Paper plate octopus is a simple and exciting way to replicate ocean creatures at home. It's bound to be a hit with kids who love their sea creatures.

 

Using a Sponge Brush, paint the paper plate in shades of pink & orange. Start from the center and in a circular motion move towards the edge of the plate. Paper plate octopus is a simple and exciting way to replicate ocean creatures at home. It's bound to be a hit with kids who love their sea creatures.

While the paper plate dries, use a brush to paint the strips of the bubble wrap. I realized it would have been easier if I had painted the bubble wrap before cutting it up. But hey, you live and learn!

Paper plate octopus is a simple and exciting way to replicate ocean creatures at home. It's bound to be a hit with kids who love their sea creatures.

Using scotch tape, glue the strips of bubble wrap at the back of the plate as shown. I stuck them closer towards one end of the paper plate.

Paper plate octopus is a simple and exciting way to replicate ocean creatures at home. It's bound to be a hit with kids who love their sea creatures.

Finally, add the googly eyes, and three little dots using the back of a paintbrush to complete your cute little Octopus!

 

This was an old craft from 2012 which I have updated with new and hopefully better instructions 🙂 Here’s the old pic.

Paper plate octopus is a simple and exciting way to replicate ocean creatures at home. It's bound to be a hit with kids who love their sea creatures.

 

Can’t have enough of the ocean? Then, you’re bound to love the Ocean crafts.

Also, check out the

DIY Paper Cup Octopus Craft,

Printable Ocean Theme Drawing Prompt

the Paper Plate Seashell Craft  & the

Under The Sea Theme Shape Match

 

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  1. Wow, that is so so cute! My girls would love to make one of those.

    Thanks for linking to Science sparks x