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Yarn Octopus

Whether you are looking for a camp craft or a quiet time project for the kids this Yarn Octopus will provide the perfect pasttime while teaching the art of braiding.


5oz skein of bulky yarn (the bulkier the better)
3" styrofoam ball
Face pieces
2-3 yards of ribbon


Completely unwind the yarn into a 2-3 ft loop - I used a back of a chair.

Cinch off one end of the loop.

Cut the other end where the loops are - try to cut them as even as possible.

Place the ball under the cinched end and spread the yarn ove the ball as evenly as you can.

Cinch under the ball to make the neck - by now you should have a bunch of single strands of yarn hanging from the neck.

Divide the strands into 8 sections for the legs.

Braid each section and cinch the ends with ribbon.

You should have 8 braids hanging from the neck.

Now you can put on the face pieces.

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Maria Nerius has been designing crafts for over 20 years. She's a successful author and writer who loves to tweet (MariaNerius)and currently her work can be seen on www.FaveCrafts.com. You can follow Maria's Musing on her blog: http://marianerius.wordpress.com. Feel free to contact Maria: MNerius@cfl.rr.com.

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