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Octopus Pen Holder

Updated on February 19, 2015

Easy Ocean Craft for Kids

It is good for kids to do craft. It helps them develop in many different ways, at the same time doing something which is fun.At the same time it's a way of drawing closer together, working side by side.

Here, we will show how we made our Octopus Pen Holder. It took a few days, since the glue and the colors had to dry, but we were patient. The result was good, we are now using it to keep our pens handy when doing craft!

We just love this picture of Ocean Friends, Olga

Octopus Book

In this beautifully photographed book, three leading marine biologists bring readers face to face with these amazingly complex animals that have fascinated scientists for decades.

We have done a number of craft projects which involve ocean creatures. In this way, despite a very cold winter, we remembered the beautiful days we had spent by the sea. Have a look in the sidebar to the right for more links.

Octopus Pen Holder-Step 1 - Materials

These are the basic materials we used to make the Octopus Pen Holder !

Octopus Pen Holder -Step 2 - Get Started On Your Octopus!

Here you can involve even small children.The first thing to do is to take some newspapers, roll them tightly, and wrap them around the tin. Fastened them with self-adhesive tape. While I was doing that, my children were making the octopus' legs from stiff paper.They colored them with pencils on one side, and with felt pens on the other. Who said an octopus can't have green legs?

Octopus Toy - With Music

Octopus Pen Holder -Step 3

After this,we put the legs in the paper, fastening them with glue and tape.

The family, that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape, nor in our innermost hearts never quite wish to.

Dodie Smith

Octopus Pen Holder -Step 4

Mix vinyl glue with equal amount of water. Use the brush to put glue on the newspapers, then stick pieces of kitchen paper on top. Brush with the glue on top of the paper, and continue like this,but not on the legs.The purpose is to get a nice, hard surface to paint on. While waiting for the glue to dr,y we put it on top of another container.

Octopus Story

Octopus Pen Holder - Step 5

The last thing to do is to...paint it and decorate it with glitter glue.


A really nice, hand-painted octopus replica made of vinyl (phthalate-free).

Octopus Pen Holder

This is our very own Olly the Pen Holder. We needed a big one, to keep all our felt pens and color pencils. You might want to make a smaller one, depending on your needs.

Is perfection important?

When you do crafts, especially with kids, do you think the result has to be perfect?

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Tip of the Day!

octopus craft
octopus craft

If you want your pen holder to look like a Dracula Octopus, put a lot of glitter glue on the mouth, and leave it standing upright. The paint will run down, giving it a nice set of fangs!

Bioluminescent Cock-eye Squid
Bioluminescent Cock-eye Squid

Squid or Octopus?

Differences and Similarities

"Octopuses live in dens on the sea floor, while squids live in the open oceans. Octopuses use their eight sucker-lined arms to capture their prey and move about on the ocean floor. Squids have eight arms lined with suckers and two specialized tentacles that they use to reach out and capture prey."

Read the really interesting article about squids and octopuses, what they eat and how they look like - Vancouver Aquarium

The picture shows a Bioluminescent Cock-eye Squid


Do You Like Octopus Craft? - Need a Penholder?

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    • sukkran trichy profile image

      sukkran trichy 

      5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      it is some thing new and easy to make. great creativity.

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      5 years ago

      I think the most important thing is to have fun and you have some really fun ideas here.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      5 years ago from United States

      The octopus pen holder is such a cute craft! I am certain all kids would enjoy making it, including me :)

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      6 years ago

      Nope, perfection is not important....its the fun and the experience of creating something unique and I love your idea for the Dracula octopus...when paint runs, change the plan!

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      Nathalie Roy 

      6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Adorable octopus pen holder. looks pretty easy to make. I4ll keep this in mind for the next rainy day:)

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      6 years ago

      Very neat craft idea.

    • MelonyVaughan profile image


      6 years ago

      What an adorable and engaging activity - well done!

    • victoriuh profile image


      6 years ago

      Seriously cute! Very nice lens.

    • mariaamoroso profile image


      6 years ago from Sweden

      So wonderful and cute! Well done. I love this lens because it is personal with comments and photos of your own.


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