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Yarn Octopus

I remember having a yarn octopus as a kid, and now I know, they are a cinch to make! My kids and I made a bunch of them, and we each picked our own yarn colors and decorations.

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Here is what you need: Yarn Scissors Large book (like a fat coloring book) Ribbon (optional) Wiggly or decorative eye stickers

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Start at one end of your book, and begin wrapping the yarn around and around it lengthwise, till you get your yarn nice and thick.

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The more yarn you use, the thicker the octopus, and the more solid his head.

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When the yarn is as thick as you want, cut a piece long enough to tie off one end.

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Thread it underneath the yarn thickness at one end of the book.

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Tie it off as tight as you can get it, and double knot it a few times.

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Now on the other end, take your scissors and slide them under the yarn, and cut through it.

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Pull the yarn off the book by the top where you tied it off.

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That top becomes the head. Arrange the yarn nice and smooth,
and tie off a section at the top for the head.

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Separate the bottom into eight equal sections of yarn for the legs.

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You can either braid the legs and tie them off… OR

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Tie off several sections of each leg for decoration.

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Then if you like, you can use hot glue or craft glue to add some googly eyes, or dress him up with some colorful yarn or ribbon.

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Isn’t he so cute!?
(Watch your little ones around the small pieces, and/or long yarn or ribbons.)
Have fun trying different colors and thicknesses of yarn!