Make an Octopus Wind Dancer

This paper plate octopus can’t swim, but it can dance in the wind!

What You Need

  • crepe paper
  • two cardboard egg-carton cups
  • glue
  • hole punch or pencil
  • craft paint
  • paper plate
  • scissors
  • string

What You Do

  • STEP 1: Paint Paper Plate

    Make the octopus’s body by painting the underside of a paper plate. Let it dry.

  • STEP 2: Cut Paper Plate

    Cut out the center of a paper plate, leaving a two-inch wide by one-inch tall tab at the base.

  • STEP 3: Add Crepe Paper Arms

    Cut 8 long strips of crepe paper for the arms. When the paper plate is dry, fold it in half. Glue the ends of each crepe paper strip inside the paper plate so they hang down like arms. Glue the paper plate shut.

  • STEP 4: Add Eyes

    Paint the egg cups white. Let them dry. Then paint or draw two small black circles on the top.

  • STEP 5: Attach String

    Ask an adult to make a hole at the top of the head with a pencil or hole punch. Thread the string through the hole and tie a tight knot. Hang your octopus wind dancer to a tree and watch the arms move as the wind blows.

Remember to bring your octopus inside on rainy days because this octopus doesn’t like to get wet!