Summer Octopus Spool Craft

Make this really cute summer octopus craft from wooden spools and pipe cleaners. It's posible, too.

  • 1 wooden egg
  • 8 large wooden spools(5/8" x 3/4")
  • 16 medium wooden spools(1/2" x 1/2")
  • 16 small wooden spools(1/2" x 3/8")
  • 40 large beads
  • 4 long, pink, pipe cleaners(12")
  • pink, white, and black acrylic paint
  • ribbon
  • strong glue or glue gun
  • pencil


  1. Paint wooden egg and all the spools and beads pink. Allow to dry.
  2. Twist 4 pink pipe cleaners in the middle. Spread  the ends to look like an octopus.
  3. For each arm of your octopus, thread on the big spool, then 2 medium spools, and 2 mall spools. Thread a bead between each spool as you go. Put a bead on after the last spool and twist the end of the pipe cleaner to secure each leg.
  4. Trace and paint eyes and a mouth on your egg.
  5. Glue the egg securely to the middle of your octopus.
  6. Tie a ribbon around your octopus' neck.

Variation: You could adapt the same concept to make a spider craft for Halloween.

Complete tutorial with photos from: Plaid Kids Crafts
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