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! But it’s also a fun paper bag craft meaning that it is not only fun, but a budget-friendly craft.

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Let’s make an octopus craft out of a paper bag!

Easy Octopus Craft for Kids

This Paper Bag Octopus Craft is one of our favorite paper bag crafts. This simple kids paper craft uses just a few common supplies that can be transformed into this new octopus friend.

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

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How to Make a Paper Bag Octopus Craft

Supplies Needed

Directions to Make A Paper Bag Octopus Craft

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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!

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Isn’t our paper bag octopus craft adorable?

Step 5

Glue the googly eyes on and draw a smile.

Our experience With This Easy Paper Bag Craft

Who knew you could use a brown paper bag or grocery bag like this? My kids had a blast. Anytime they get to use paint, they’re happy. It’s so much fun. We’ve made a lot of different paper bag crafts from lanterns, paper bag kids, paper bag wreath, etc. But this one is our favorite. We brought out our creativity to make colorful octopi using simple supplies on paper lunch bags. And while this brown paper lunch bag was fun, we were able to take some time to read about octopus facts too. So it was a fun craft and educational as we learned these creatures.

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Easy Octopus Craft for Kids Made from a Paper Bag

paper bag octopus craft

This simple and fun octopus craft for kids is great for all ages and perfect as a preschool sea creature craft. Making an octopus is a fun way to celebrate letter of the day or an ocean theme.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $1


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


  • Paint Brush
  • Scissors


  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.


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Even more paper bag octopus crafts can be found in our new book…

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!

The Big Book of Kids Activities from Kids Activities Blog where the Octopus craft instructions are included
Let’s make something fun today with the big book of kids activities!

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See some of these adorable octopus coloring pages! Or make one of these Hank the Septopus crafts for fun.

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

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