Cardboard Tube Octopus

Sometimes I wish I could buy empty cardboard tube rolls. They are so great for kids' crafts and we use them up as soon as they hit the recycle bin. This sweet octopus is a new family favorite, especially once my two-year-old discovered he could stick his hand in the bottom to turn it into a puppet. His octopus voice was hilarious!

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    First, cut the bottom of the roll to create eight legs (or however many you'd like) for your octo-friend!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Next, bend the legs up, curling them a bit to create that octopus look.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    Once the legs are good to go, it's time for some color! The kids decided to make red and purple sea buddies.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    After our new little friends were dry, we added some eyes. That's all my kids wanted to add for the face, but feel free to get creative with a fun nose and mouth.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    And the best part...mini pom-pom suctions on the bottom of their feet. Are these cute or what?

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Done!

    What do you know? They became puppets!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

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