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Paper Tube Octopus

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  • Toilet Paper / Paper Towel Tube
  • Markers
  • Googly Eyes (Optional)
  • Scissors

Scroll through the slideshow above for a visual of each step.

  1. Draw the two large, bulging eyes of your octopus (or use googly eyes) and decorate its body.
  2. An octopus has 8 long arms lined with powerful suctions, so starting from the bottom opening of your tube, make 8 separate cuts around the base of the tube that extend part-way up the sides.
  3. Curl these 8 arms with a marker or pencil.
  4. Add the final details to your octopus!

Variation: An octopus has the ability to change color in order to hide, which is called camouflage, and to communicate. Use wrapping paper or a piece of white paper with an interesting design of your own to wrap your tube before you cut it.

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