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Back Pack Octopus

Designed by Melony Bradley

When you see the “helping hand” symbol on a project, it means you may need adult supervision to do the project. Always cover your work surface with a mat or some type of protective covering like wax paper or plastic. Always use care when using tools or a heat source. Be careful and safe!

Main supplies:

  • 3” round wood disc
  • 1 ¼” wood shape, small wood triangle
  • Elmer’s® Paintastics®, Green, Yellow
  • Elmer’s® Painters® Opaque Paint Markers, White, Black
  • Elmer’s® 3D™ Washable Paint Pens Glitter , Gold
  • Pepperell® Crafts Rex Lace- Apple Green,Medium Brown, Gold Sparkle
  • Pepperell® Stretch Magic® Beading Cord
  • Pony beads- eight yellow, sixteen green

Basic Supplies:

  • Elmer’s® Craft Bond™ Tacky glue
  • Swivel Clip
  • Drill and 1/8”’ drill bit
  • Super Sticky tape
  • Scissors   


  1. Paint wood shapes. Paint large disc green. Use multiple coats in random areas on disc to create a sea life look. Paint triangle yellow. Paint small disc white with black eye ball in center. Use glitter pen to line edges of large disc.
  2. Cut each color of lace to eight 8” lengths. Clip bottom to secure with an office clip or clipboard if desired and braid together. Slip pony beads on ends and tie two of the ends to secure. Repeat for all eight tentacles.
  3. Glue wood shapes together with Tacky Glue.
  4. Drill hole at top of disc and attach swivel clip.
  5. Cut stretch cord to 10.” Bundle tentacles together and tie with cord to create one bundle. Attach to back of disc with super sticky tape. Clip to back pack.


Sponsored by Elmer’s® Products, Inc.


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