Make a Cute Toilet Paper Roll Octopus

Toilet paper roll octopus craft for kids

Craft Materials

Before starting this project, you’ll need the following materials:

, , , , , Elmer's Glue, Paint Brush, Scissors, Paper Towel, Pencil

I love reusing items for crafts, and something you NEVER run out of are toilet paper rolls.

I’ve been wanting to make a toilet paper roll craft for AWHILE now, so I’m glad I’m starting with this cute toilet paper roll octopus!! It’s a FUN craft my son can pretty much do all by himself (which he loves).

And the BEST part, I already had all the supplies on hand!

Side Note: If you like this octopus, I KNOW you’ll love these cute toilet paper roll Easter bunnies.

Getting Started

I made a quick stop to my craft stash, and pulled out ALL the supplies I needed for our octopus. The metallic paint and glitter paint were purchased from Michaels.

Toilet Paper Roll Octopus: Getting Started

Step 1 – Make Your Octopus Head

I used paper towels for the TOP of our octopuses head. I made a small ball, then wrapped another piece of paper towel around it. Then, pushed it INSIDE the toilet paper roll (making a nice head for our octopus).

Toilet Paper Roll Octopus: Make your octopus head

I made the octopus head myself.

Step 2 – Paint Your Octopus

I decided to use metallic paint for the first coat, then added some GLITTER paint for the second coat. I had my son paint the outside and inside of the toilet paper roll.

Toilet Paper Roll Octopus: Paint your octopus

He was pretty focused on painting his toilet paper roll…my little crafter!

Quick Tip: Let the paint dry for about 45 minutes BEFORE the next step.

Step 3 – Cut and Curl Your Tentacles

I pulled out the kid scissors and (helped) my son cut the tentacles for our octopus. THEN, we used a marker (you can use a pencil too) to curl the ends of the tentacles.

Toilet Paper Roll Octopus: Cut your tentacles
Learning to use scissors for the first time.
Toilet Paper Roll Octopus: Curl your tentacles
Here I am showing my little guy how to curl the tentacles.
Toilet Paper Roll Octopus
Here's my son doing it all by himself! So proud of him.

Steps 4 – Add Your Suckers

We added glue DOTS to the tentacles and gently placed on our pom pom balls on for the octopus’s suckers.

Suckers!?! Yep, that’s what their called!! You learn ALOT about an octopus when your searching Google for the correct terms to use.

Toilet Paper Roll Octopus: Add your suckers

Step 5 – Make Your Face

I had my son add his googly eyes (he choose blue) and then DRAW the mouth. Hmmph…a blued eyed octopus, who knew??

Toilet Paper Roll Octopus: make your face

Step 6 – Finishing Touches

One of my FAVORITE parts about his little octopus is the cute smile he did. He was super excited to show his daddy when he got home!

Toilet Paper Roll Craft: Create a cute Toilet Paper Roll Octopus

This was a GREAT afternoon craft to work on with my little guy. We had lots of fun and giggles making it. I think our little Octopus turned out SUPER cute.

I even made a girl octopus for myself. Gotta’ love crafting time with my son…it was a SUPER EASY craft to make.

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