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This octopus sure knows how to accessorize! This Halloween, show your stylish side with a Socktopus costume. Choose your favorite knee socks and a hoodie to make this quick no-sew Octopus costume.

Age range: 4 and up

Level of difficulty for a child helping the adult with the costume: easy

Parental supervision recommended

Time needed: 1 hour

What you'll need:
  • Hooded sweatshirt
  • 4 pairs of knee socks (8 socks total)
  • Duct tape
  • About 30 plastic grocery bags
  • Craft felt sheets in black, white, and pink
  • Glue dots
  • Scissors
  • (optional) Rubbing alcohol
 
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Step 1: Step 1: Make an Octopus Face

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1. Cut facial features from craft felt. For eyes, cut 2 large white circles and 2 smaller black circles. For the mouth, a crescent-shaped black piece, and a small pink piece for the tongue.

2. Glue facial features together with glue dots, and then onto the sweatshirt. They should be easy to remove after you're done with the costume.

Step 2: Step 2: Attach Octopus Legs

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1. Stuff 6 knee socks loosely with plastic grocery bags, leaving about 3" empty at the top.

2. Tape the 6 stuffed socks around the inside waistband of the sweatshirt. To anchor the sock to the sweatshirt, use a 4" piece of tape running vertically (up and down) over the edge of the sock and another piece of tape running horizontally (side to side) across the edge of the sock.

3. Flip the sock up and tape the other side as above.

4. Wear the last pair of socks with your costume when you dress up!

Note: I decided to use the child's legs as the last set of legs, but if you'd rather, make the sweatshirt with 8 legs, leaving your own legs out of the equation.
evacooper made it!7 months ago

did this last year, sorry it took so long to upload pics. these are my 3.5 year old and 9 month old boys enjoying their octopus costumes! in the last pic he is pretending to swim.

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dollarcraft (author)  evacooper7 months ago

So cute!! Definitely worth the wait for the photos! :)

evacooper2 years ago
so cute! i have to save this, my 2 y/o loves octopi...
dollarcraft (author)  evacooper2 years ago
This would probably be fun for dress-up time, too. :)
sunshiine2 years ago
Creative! Thanks for sharing.
dollarcraft (author)  sunshiine2 years ago
Thank you!
mikeasaurus2 years ago
I seriously love this costume.
dollarcraft (author)  mikeasaurus2 years ago
Thanks! I think you need the big boy version. :)
NoFiller2 years ago
So cute. I love it.
So cute! And what an awesome way to reuse grocery bags :)
dollarcraft (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
Thanks! I was pretty excited when I realized I could reuse the excessive collection of plastic bags I have in my pantry!