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DIY octopus from threads: a master class for kids


Thread octopus - a model for children from 4-5 years old. Very simple and decorative! And you can play with such a craft. Weaving the threads of the “legs” for the octopus, it is very convenient and fun to learn how to weave pigtails. By the way, modern biologists believe that the octopus has only two “legs”, and the remaining six tentacle limbs are “arms”. And these hands are absolutely amazing! On each tentacle there are two rows of suction cups. They allow the octopus to climb steep cliffs and even walk "on the ceiling" in underwater caves. But that is not all! Thanks to the suction cups, the octopus “tastes” everything that it touches. Indeed, in suction cups there are taste buds - as in a person’s language - which make it clear whether it is edible or not.

The color of the threads for our octopus can be any. Moreover, in nature, these inhabitants of the deep sea can change their color - for camouflage or mood. So, the calm octopus is brown; if it is scared, it turns white, and if angry, it turns red.

For an octopus from threads you will need:

  • Woolen threads for octopus
  • A piece of padding polyester or rags
  • Threads in contrasting color for tying

We wind the threads on a rectangular thick cardboard or just a book.

We remove the threads from the book and tie with a thread of contrasting color, departing from the edge of about 2 cm. To be more accurate, you can insert, for example, a ruler into the resulting loop. Next, cut the loop.

We form the head of an octopus. We insert a piece of synthetic winterizer between the threads, carefully straighten the threads so that the synthetic winterizer is not visible.

Under the head we tie the ball with the thread of the main color.

Making the legs of an octopus. We distribute the threads into 8 parts. We take 1/8 thread and weave a pigtail, from the bottom we tie a thread of contrasting color. So that the rest of the threads do not interfere, you can put a cardboard between the threads with which you are working at the moment and the rest.

Make an octopus face. Eyes can be sewn ready-made, or you can glue cut from felt or embroider with suitable threads. Cut the mouth out of felt and glue it with universal glue, or you can also embroider it with red threads.

Thread octopus is ready.

Of the threads you can also make dolls - Martinique.

DIY octopus from threads: materials

  • yarn (the thicker the more voluminous the toy will come out)
  • simple thin threads
  • soft filler (cotton wool, synthetic winterizer, holofiber)
  • scissors
  • decorative details

Choose a decor at your discretion. For example, we decorated the tops of our octopuses with satin bows. And you can well put on their heads miniature hats in the style of Charlie Chaplin :-) Get creative with a rich childhood imagination!

How to make an octopus from threads?

STEP 1. From a filler form a ball - this is the future head. The size of the blank depends only on what size toy you want to get.

Cut 24 threads of the same length from a skein of yarn (it also depends on the desired size of the octopus). There can be 48 or 72 segments if your yarn is thin and you have to weave braids in two or three threads.

STEP 2. Drag the whole bunch in the middle with a thin thread (this is the top of the octopus). “Hide” a ball of filler under the yarn, fix the head of the toy with a thread from below.

STEP 3. How to get only 8 out of 24 “tentacles”? A challenge on the verge of mathematics and needlework! But it is solved quickly: braid three strands into pigtails (6 or 9, respectively, if there are 48 or 72 strands in the bundle), and tie knots at the ends.

STEP 4. It remains only to decorate the resulting octopus. Our guys have eyes and mouth made of ordinary paper. Perhaps yours will be embroidered with beads? Imagine!

But what a family of octopuses Tatyana Falina sent us to the editor! You can also send to the editorial board photos of your crafts made according to our master classes. We will gladly publish them on the site!

Is the simplicity of the craft impressive? Be sure to try repeating the octopus from knitting threads with your child!