This Craft Is The Cutest!
Abby Glassenberg, the author of the blog While She Naps, is the mastermind behind this cuteness.
Photo By: Abby Glassenberg
Let's jump in and get crafting! This craft is so easy, you can do it with children. Kids will love this homemade octopus toy and will have fun making and customizing it.
To begin this project, you'll need the following items:
- A Foam Ball
- A Pony Tail Holder or String
- Googly Eyes
- Glue or Double Sided Tape to attach the Googly Eyes
The first step to creating your adorable octopus is fitting the fleece to the foam ball. Wrap your piece of fleece around the ball, you will then want to mark how far up to make your cuts for the tentacles (braids). Once you've marked your stopping point, you can unwrap the fleece and begin
cutting 24 slits similar to the ones pictured to the left. Now that you have the fringe, braid it. I recommend pulling on each piece before you begin braiding, it thins out the pieces making it a little easier. To secure the braids, I knotted them at the end. Once you have all 8 braids, re-wrap the fleece around the foam ball and tie it off with the pony tail holder or string. You now have your octopus; time to customize it! You can customize it by adding cute ribbons the the ends of the tentacles, or by adding a face. I added google eyes and a smile to mine.
Thank you, Abby!
Thank you for giving us the best idea for our left-over fleece. Finding ways to turn our scraps into art is special to us because it helps us raise awareness for our R.U.F.F. Program. It's important to us to actively promote and participate in this program! The R.U.F.F. Program is all about reusing our upcycled fleece for fun fundraising.