The ocean is full of colorful inhabitants, sea creatures comprise of a diverse group of animals which fascinates children. By creating your very own Octopus it provides the perfect learning opportunity to explore the ocean!

This project is a great idea for imaginative students to get creative in the classroom.

Let's get started!

Supplies needed:

  • Ellison® Prestige™ Pro Machine (#19101) or Ellison® SuperStar™ Excel Machine Only w/Extended Sliding Tray & Sliding Adapter Pad (#30650)
  • Ellison® Surecut™ Die - Circles 6" & 4" (#15771-XL)
  • Ellison® Surecut™ Die - Circles 1" 9 -up (#15934-LG)
  • Sizzix™ Accessory - Cardstock (#663007)
  • Sizzix™ Making Essential - Permanent Pens (#663056)
  • Adhesive Gems
  • PVA Glue
  • Scissors
  • Googley Eyes
  • Hole Punch
  • Twine


  1. Die-cut the 6" circle (#15771-XL) and trim off the bottom so one side is flat.
  2. Cut several strips of 1" wide cardstock from multiple colors.
  3.  Curl the strips by wrapping them around your finger and releasing. Then, adhere the strips to the back of the 6" circle.
  4. Adhere the googley eyes.
  5. Die-cut two circles from 1" 9-up die (#15934-LG) for the cheeks and adhere to the body.
  6. Draw on the mouth of the Octopus using a permanent pen.
  7. Punch a hole in the top of the Octopus and thread through the twine.
  8. Add gems to embellish.

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