Adorable Paper Bag Octopus Craft for Kids

Let’s make an octopus craft out of a paper bag! This super cute ocean animals kids craft is great for kids of all ages and works well in the classroom as part of a sea animals lesson or at home on a rainy day. This octopus craft can also be used as an abc craft celebrating the letter O.

O is for octopus!

paper bag octopus craft finished with pink bag and pink yarn sitting on a blue table
Let’s make an octopus out of a paper bag!

Cute Octopus Craft for Kids

This Paper Bag Octopus Craft is one of our favorite paper bag crafts. It is perfect for an ocean lesson plan or a fun inside activity on a hot summer day.

Oh the cuteness of this paper bag craft for kids! This simple kids craft uses just a few supplies that are common and with the help of little hands can be transformed into this new paper octopus friend.

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Paper Bag Octopus Craft

This fantastic preschool craft is a great project that will keep a child’s interest and end up with super cute craft results…no matter their age. These easy peasy steps have simple instructions and will give kids fine motor practice.

Supplies Needed for Sea Craft

Directions to Make an Octopus

octopus craft steps 1-4 pictured in a collage
Here are the easy steps to making your own octopus craft!

Step 1

Open the paper bag and paint each side pink.  We stood our bag up over a plastic bottle to make it easier to paint.

Step 2

Crumple up scrap paper into a ball or use scraps from your recycling bin like bubble wrap.  Drop the paper ball inside the bag.

Step 3

Gather up the bag under the bag and tie a piece of yarn tightly around it to hold the paper ball in the bottom of the bag.

Step 4

Cut the paper bag into strips.  You now have the octopus head and octopus tentacles! The octopus leg pieces are so cute!

Step 5

Glue the googly eyes on and draw a smile.

paper bag octopus craft finished
Isn’t our paper bag octopus craft adorable?

More Octopus Crafts & Fun for Kids

paper bag octopus crafts for kids from The Big Book of Kids Activities - three colors shown
Even more paper bag octopus crafts can be found in our new book…

Prep Time
10 minutes

Active Time
15 minutes

Total Time
25 minutes


Estimated Cost


  • Paper bag
  • Pink Craft Paint
  • Yarn
  • Scrap paper or newspaper
  • Googly Eyes
  • Glue or glue dots or hot glue
  • Markers


  1. Paint the paper bag pink or whatever color you want your octopus to be. It is easiest to open the bag and put it upside down over a water bottle to secure it for painting.
  2. Let dry.
  3. Crumble up paper and stuff the top part of the paper bag with it.
  4. Tie a piece of yarn tightly around the middle of the bag or secure with a pipe cleaner.
  5. Cut strips in the bottom of the bag to make the octopus legs.
  6. Glue on the googley eyes and draw a smile with a marker.


This paper bag octopus craft is one of the featured kids crafts in our newest book, The Big Book of Kids Activities has 500 projects that are the bestest, funnest ever! Written for kids ages 3-12 it is the compilation of bestselling kids activities books perfect for parents, grandparents and babysitters looking for new ways to entertain kids. This paper bag craft is one of over 30 classic crafts that use materials you have on hand that are featured in this book!

Let’s make something fun today with the big book of kids activities!

Oh! And grab The Big Book of Kids Activities printable play calendar for a year’s worth of playful fun.

More Paper Bag Crafts from Kids Activities Blog

  • Make paper bag puppets with this adorable step by step guide.
  • Use a paper lunch sack to create a groundhog puppet…will he see his shadow?
  • Using large paper bags from the grocery store, you can create this paper coil basket.
  • All those extra lunch sacks will come in handy to create this play city craft or paper bag village!
  • Make these super cute heart bags with this simple tissue paper heart craft using a paper bag.

How did your paper bag octopus craft turn out? What color did you paint your paper octopus?

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