Coffee Filter Octopus

by Lynn Lilly, Dec 01 2022

Today we are taking a dive in the ocean and making an octopus! 

Project Name: Coffee Filter Octopus

Project Video: 

Project Difficulty: Intermediate

Project Materials:

  • Paper Plate
  • Watercolors
  • Brush
  • White Yarn
  • Hole Punch
  • Washable Glue Stick
  • Coffee filters (at least16)
  • Googley Eyes
  • Silly Scents Markers
  • Water
  • Paper Towels

Project Instructions: 

  1. Paint both sides of your paper plate (octopus body) with blue, purple and gray watercolors. 
  2. Remember you can control how dark or light your color is by the amount of water you use on your brush.
  3. An octopus has 8 legs and we will use 2 coffee filters per leg.  So that means you need 16 coffee filters.
  4. Use the Silly Scents Markers to scribble on the coffee filters. 
  5. Fold your coffee filters in half twice to get a pie shape. Dip the coffee filter into the water and lift up. Let the color drip off back into the water.
  6. Lay flat to dry or use a blow dryer to speed up the process. 
  7. Take the paper plate and your hole punch and punch 8 holes around the outside of the plate. 
  8. Poke a small hole in the center of each of your coffee filters. You can use a pencil or tooth pick. You might need to ask an adult for help! 
  9. Cut equal 8 pieces of yarn.
  10. Feed each piece of yarn through 2 coffee filters. Tie a not at the end so the filters do not slip off. 
  11. Now fold your coffee filter down into that cone shape, crumple it a bit and twist it so that its secure on your yarn. 
  12. Take the other end of your yarn and put through the hole on the paper plate. Tie a knot so that it stays put. Repeat these steps 8 times.
  13. Glue the googley eyes with the washable glue to the middle of the paper plate and use the silly scents markers to create the mouth.

TADA! Have some fun making up an ocean tale with your new octopus friends! 


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