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Braided Octopus Doll Craft

Braid colorful strips of fabric to make a bright detail for a dress, or strands of cotton yarn for a cuddly creature's legs -- all eight of them. These projects are simple enough that kids can help.

kid holding braided octopus doll

Photography: Raymond Hom

Source: Martha Stewart


  • Organic cotton yarn: Pakucho Sport, fromĀ Purl Soho

  • 2-inch Styrofoam ball

  • Scissors

  • Needle and black thread


  1. Gather supplies: A skein of yarn, scissors, and a 2-inch Styrofoam ball.

  2. Untwist skein of yarn; use 1 strand to cinch its center. Place on a 2-inch Styrofoam ball.

  3. Spread the yarn over the ball. Tie another strand beneath the ball. Cut through bottom loops of yarn, creating a tassel.

  4. Divide strands into 8 sections; braid each, and tie ends. Trim legs to even. With black thread, sew eyes on the head by stitching over 3 or 4 pieces of yarn.

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