Toilet Paper Tube Octopus

Last week when we made our sandy spider webs, my preschooler wanted to do another craft right away.  Cardboard tube crafts are fun and cheap, and thankfully I had plenty of toilet paper tubes saved up in the craft area to make a toilet paper tube octopus or two.

preschooler octopus craft

To give my preschooler some scissor practice, I let her cut the legs herself.  I just drew 8 vertical lines going about 2/3 of the way up the tube, and she cut along those lines.  preschooler octopus craft

When she finished cutting the legs, it was time to color.  I had colored my example with crayon.  We decided marker would show up a lot better.  To keep the mess to a minimum I had her color on a scrap sheet of paper.  Of course she chose purple! cardboard tube octopus

She drew on a face and the suction cups on the bottoms of the legs and couldn’t wait to show it off!  Her brother decided he’d just doodle with markers. (Usually Mommy has him use Color Wonder markers, so using markers that write on everything was super exciting.  Thankfully they’re washable!) preschooler octopus craft preschooler octopus craft

After the face was drawn on, we still needed some hair.  After all, she was making a girl cardboard tube octopus!  Mommy cut out a circle, slightly larger than the circumference of the toilet paper tube and then cut slits in it.  I folded the slits and slipped it inside the octopus’ head, securing it with tape.  This made our base for the curly ribbon hair. preschooler octopus craft preschooler octopus craft

She was happy with the final result – I think the ribbon hair looks much better than my original colored paper hair!  And afterwards she had something new to play with – always a bonus when doing crafts!

preschooler octopus craft

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  1. Too cute! We so need to try this in my house – with the amount of toilet paper we seem to go through we have tons of materials to get started with :)
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    1. That’s the great thing about toilet paper tube crafts – you never run out of supplies!

  2. Fun!
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  3. This is such a cute idea, and who doesn’t have toilet paper tubes every few days. I’ll have to save my next few and give this a try.

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  4. I love its pink curls. So cute.
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  5. fun! we will have to make the spider for Halloween decoration this year..

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    1. Yeah, I was thinking it would be a great Halloween decoration… But she really wanted to use that colorful sand right then. LOL.

  6. Clever! Great idea — thanks for sharing!

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  7. Super cute!

  8. A Very Cute Idea. I have a whole plastic bag of toilet roll tubes so here’s something I can do with them! Thanks for linking up :)
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  9. What a fun project and really simple to do.

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  10. Fantastic! I was going to use pipe cleaners but cutting legs is a fab idea – I’m going to make spiders – I shall pin this and link back to you, hope that is ok.
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    1. Can’t wait to see yours! :)

  11. This is so cute! Pinned it! Thanks for sharing at Mom’s Library!
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    1. Thank so much for pinning it!

  12. Perfect craft for tp tubes, with great results! Thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!
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  13. [...] love us a good toilet paper tube craft, so I was happy that There’s Just One Mommy linked up the fun guy above! So easy and fun! Definitely right up our [...]

  14. How sweet. Thanks for linking to Tuesday Tots. I’m featuring this post this week on Learn with Play at Home :D
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  15. [...] commenting on various blogs I had come across an octopus toilet roll holder craft on OneMummy, I had originally intended to attach pipe cleaners to a toilet roll holder but when I saw the idea [...]

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