Learn how to make a paper chain octopus craft in just a few simple steps! This colorful sea creature craft is a great way for kids to have fun while learning about ocean animals!
Not only is this project perfect for summer afternoon activities, but can also be used to decorate classrooms, libraries, and kids’ rooms. It comes with a printable template that you can cut out to make the paper octopus craft.
Kids will enjoy making colorful paper chain arms for the octopus while working on their scissors skills and fine motor skills. Stick a loop of yarn behind it to turn it into a hanging octopus craft.
This is a great craft to add to your octopus arts and crafts lesson plans for preschoolers, kindergarteners, and elementary school kids. Pair it with our beautiful paper chain Jellyfish craft and have fun learning about sea life.
Supplies you need to make a Paper chain Octopus craft for kids
- Octopus printable template (available for purchase in our shop)
- Colored A4 cardstock (to print the Octopus’s head. We used dark blue)
- Three A4 construction papers of different colors to make the paper chains. (We used yellow, green, and dark blue)
- White A4 cardstock (To print the eyes)
- Yarn and clear tape(optional, only if you want to make it a hanging Octopus craft)
- Stapler (optional)
- Blu tack (optional, if you want to stick it to a wall)
- Black marker
- Crayons or colored markers
Steps to make a paper chain Octopus
Purchase the paper chain octopus template from our shop. Print the Octopus’s head on colored A4 cardstock and the octopus’s eyes on white A4 cardstock. Print the last page on A4 construction papers of different colors (if you want a multicolored chain). We used yellow, green, and dark blue.
Cut out the parts from the template- the head, two eyes, and the rectangle strips to make the paper chains. Kids can color in the small oval shapes using colored markers or crayons and cut them out.
Cutting out the rectangles for the paper chain is a great activity for little ones to practice their scissor-skills. Kids may need help from grown-ups depending on their age and skill levels. If you don’t want a long chain, you don’t need to use all the rectangles.
Let’s start making the paper chains now.
Take a paper strip, and glue the ends together to form a leaf-shaped loop.
Take a second paper strip, thread it through the leaf-shaped loop, and glue or staple the ends together to form a circular shape. Now, take a third strip and insert it through the second loop. Glue or staple its ends together in a circular shape. Continue making these circular interconnected loops until you are happy with the length of the paper chain. We used 9 to 10 paper strips for one paper chain.
Make 8 such paper chains.
This is a great activity to do as a group. Kids will have so much fun making colorful paper chains for their octopus craft. Making paper chains can be a great family activity too. Let the little ones pick out the paper strips while the adults assemble the loops.
Let’s connect these paper chains to the octopus by gluing the leaf shaped loops behind the Octopus’s head.
Turn it over and stick on the eyes and give it a smile with a black marker below the eyes.
Make some spots by gluing the small oval shaped pieces at the top.
The paper chain octopus craft is ready! Isn’t it adorable?
You can stick it to a wall using blu tack or hang it as an ocean-themed decor by sticking a loop of yarn behind its head using tape.
This Octopus craft is great to add to an under-the-sea-themed birthday party or to add to your classroom lesson plans.
If you are looking for more ocean animal crafts to do this summer, check out the below!