How to Make a Yarn Octopus

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LindaPermann Linda Permann, contributor
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Enjoy your new yarny friend!
Wrap the yarn around the notebook several times. You want to get a nice thick amount of yarn on both sides since the thickness will form the octopus head. Be sure to wrap tightly, but not too tightly, since youll need to be able to slide the yarn off of the book.
Once youve wrapped the book to your desired thickness, work a piece of string under the wraps on one edge of the book and tie it into a very tight knot.
Carefully slide the yarn off of the book. Turn the knot you just made to the inside of the looped yarn to conceal it.
Enjoy your new yarny friend!

Enjoy your new yarny friend!

Photo: Linda Permann

Keeping kids occupied during the summer without spending a lot of cash can be a bit of a challenge. Here's an easy craft you can make with them using things you have around the house. You may need to help them get the octopus started, and help them to tie off the sections, but other than that, kids over 6 should be able to have fun with this craft.

Materials

-scrap yarn (I used 3 colors of worsted weight yarn, you can use one or several, it's up to  you)
-a book that's at least 10" tall on one side (I used a composition notebook)
- google eyes
- tacky glue
- scissors
- clothespins (optional)

Wrap the yarn around the notebook several times. You want to get a nice thick amount of yarn on both sides since the thickness will form the octopus' head.

  Be sure to wrap tightly, but not too tightly, since you'll need to be able to slide the yarn off of the book.

Once you've wrapped the book to your desired thickness, work a piece of string under the wraps on one edge of the book and tie it into a very tight knot.

  Carefully slide the yarn off of the book. Turn the knot you just made to the inside of the looped yarn to conceal it.

 

  Take a length of yarn about 2-3" down from the knot you just made. This makes the octopus head.

 

  Cut the untied looped ends of the yarn open. Divide the strands into 8 sections (for 8 tentacles).

Divide each of the 8 sections into three sections and braid them.

   If you'd like to let your kids do this, you can give them 8 clothespins to clip the ends of each leg and have you help tie them off all at once. Tie each end with a strand of yarn, leaving the ends long (so they'll blend in with the other yarn ends).

 

  Clip the yarn ends of each leg to an even length.

 

  Glue on google eyes and a little yarn smile.

 

  Enjoy your new yarny friend!
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Comments (7)

FunEasyKidsCrafts writes: Sweet. I'd forgotten all about this technique. Thanks. Will incorporate it into some of my crafts on my blog
Posted: 1:06 pm on July 13th
madenson writes: Very Retro! I made one of these in 1954!
Posted: 1:30 pm on July 1st
Craftzilla writes: Exactly how much yarn is needed for one of these critters? I would like to make them with the kids this afternoon, if an answer is possible, I would appreciate it!
Craftzila
Posted: 8:42 am on May 24th
BonjourHello writes: I love making I make these all the time for art sales and everything they are fun to make and the kids love them!!!!!

Posted: 9:04 pm on October 7th
sconniegirl writes: I used to make one something like this only you would knit the head of it using the stockinet stitch and a tennis ball. I made so many of them and they were great for little girls to place on their beds
Posted: 6:25 pm on July 15th
Mayalucy writes: I am so glad you posted this. I use to make these when I was less mature. I loved making them for myself and friends. Thanks for sharing to "tweek" my memory.
Posted: 2:01 pm on July 8th
alleyray writes: too cute! I'll have to add it to the list of summer crafts! Thanks for sharing!
Posted: 9:43 am on July 8th
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