## Step 5: Secure the Legs

Take one of your rubber bands and secure the legs by placing a rubber band at the base of the head, around the legs.
This worked out great. I found that after the braiding, just tying off the legs worked better than using rubber bands. We might have been using yarn that was too thin though.
Just a delightful learning toy and a thorough Instructible.<br><br>Congrats!
Great Idea!! It is so simple and Fun. This is definitely my kind of project. :]
I absolutely love the octopus! However, sorry, I am confused by the maths here! You say each leg has three sections and each section has three strands, so with 8 legs that is 3x3x8 = 36. In my books 9 x 8 = 72 - at least it did when I did &quot;A&quot; Level Maths. Unless I am missing the point completely (I am a simple male after all!) each leg is made up of only 3 strands (a 3 strand braid??), so only 24 strands are needed to make 8 legs. (Step 4 talks about glueing the 12 sets of legs??) Not trying to be difficult - just trying to understand as I think it would make a great project for my kids at a charity in Brazil. As I said at the beginning - absolutely adore the octopus, but just confused by the maths of the material requirements.
&nbsp;Love it! uuber cute!
This is a really cute idea for helping kids develop fine motor skills. I think it would insult the intelligence of anyone over the age of 6, however. <br /> 10? I&nbsp;was doing algebra and some trig at age 10.<br /> An algebraic octopus would have been cool though! :)<br />
Cute idea!<br /> <br /> I'd recommend another loop on the head so you can hold or tie it down - braiding is a bit harder without something to pull against.<br />

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