I like upcycling, repurposing and crafting with my kids

Toilet Roll Craft – the Octopus

The humble toilet roll was the subject of our snowy day craft activity today. Posh websites might call them cardboard tubes but I call a spade a spade!

Making octopus legs

Rolling the legs around a paintbrush to make them curl up

We had a look at some fun ideas on Pinterest and settled on an octopus, as you do. It’s so easy, all you need is:

1. a toilet roll tube
2. green & red poster paint
3. scissors
4. tissue or kitchen paper
5. small round stickers (or dots of paint)
6. googly eyes

All of which we had lying around already. I never throw any of those little pots of paint away you get with craft kits as there’s always more supplied than you need. I also keep googly eyes off birthday cards and little toys when they’ve had it.

My son painted the tube outside and sort of inside, shabby styley, then I cut 8 incisions and he rolled up each leg/tentacle around a paint brush. The paint dries really quickly as it’s on cardboard.

Painted toilet roll octopus

Painted and be-tentacled – ready for the fun bit

Next we balled up the kitchen paper and he stuffed it into the tube and painted the top for a rounded head. The final touch was adding some small round stickers – we have loads which came with one of those office wall planners nobody uses.

The googly eyes and red mouth were duly applied and I have to say we were very pleased with the result! What do you think?

Toilet roll octopus

The finished item – Toilet Roll Octopus


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