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This project is a great way to keep your children entertained on hot summer days when they’re stuck inside. With minimal supplies and only a few tools, these fun sea creatures can be created in a variety of sizes and colors by a wide range of ages.
Creating the Octopus
1. Begin by cutting eight “legs” for the octopus from card stock.
2. Punch one side of the leg with the Bubbles Boarder Punch. Other border punches will work too, but this one nicely mimics the suction cups of the octopus tentacles.
3. Trim the opposite edge of the leg with the Pinking Paper Edger.
4. Round the tip of the leg with a pair of scissors to create a foot.
5. Take a paper or plastic cup and cut a crepe paper circle that is 3 times the diameter of the cup.
6. Run a strip of double-stick tape along the inside of the lip of the cup. Peel the backing off of the double-stick tape.
7. Place the cup in the center of the paper, and wrap the paper around, into the cup then press the edges to the tape until it sticks.
8. Use glue or double-stick tape to attach the legs inside the wrapped cup.
9. Wrap each leg around pencil or thick marker to curl them slightly.
10. Use your large Petal by Petal Squeeze Punch to create eyes and eye balls for the octopus.
11. From a large punched circle, trim away a scrap to create a smile.
12. Attach the eyes and smile with paper glue.
13. Complete the creature by polka-dotting the surface with lots of adhesive rhinestones.
Creating the Crab
1. To create the crab, wrap red crepe paper around the cup and tape it down, just like you did with the octopus.
2. Cut three pairs of legs from red card stock using Pinking Paper Edgers.
3. Punch two large circles and cut both in half using the Edgers to create the “claws”.
4. Punch out a pair of eyes from white card stock using the Petal by Petal Squeeze Punch.
5. Punch a sliver of a circle for a smile.
6. Attach all of the parts to the crab body using paper glue or double-stick tape.
7. Decorate with adhesive-backed rhinestones.
8. Crease at the “ankle” and “knee”.
Now that you have the basics, you can try other sizes of cups and colors of paper to create a variety of creatures.
Blue card stock
Blue crepe paper
Red card stock
Red crepe paper
White card stock
Black card stock