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This was something I had fun making, so I figured I would share with you how I did it.The arms are bendable so he can be moved around for good decoration.Many thanks to you guys at Knot Heads World Wide for always helping me learn new knots!I made this first in black and green but was not 100% happy with the look. So I went with purple as the body, aqua arms and white suckers. .

 
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Step 1: You will need

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Around 100' of purple paracord to be safe.
6' of aqua paracord
20' of white paracord
4 -13” lengths of 12 gauge copper or aluminum wire .No sharp ends, file them smooth.
1 Toilet paper tube
This pineapple knot tied around a toilet paper tube.

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Some pins
1 or 2 pieces of newspaper

Okay, We'll make the head first. Print the pineapple knot tutorial, cut it out and tape it around the toilet paper tube so
the ends meet up. Then stuff the tube tightly with the scrap newspaper. Now push pins in all of the red dots on the
tube. Next, weave the knot using one15' piece of purple cord for the white line and one 15' piece of purple cord for the
blue line on the tube. Don't remove the core out of these strands.

Step 2:

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Then loop a small length of purple cord through some of the outer loops. The idea is to close up one end to make the
top of the octopus head. I used the end that did not have the excess strands from making the pineapple knot. Feed the
ends of the loop down into the head, then push it almost inside out so you can knots the ends together inside the head.
Any leftover strands on the bottom, I just melt the ends and tuck them up inside to hide the ends.
Naudie-Maudie2 months ago
I want to make one but it looks a little bit hard with the pineapple knot because I have not learned that knot yet
natdiamond (author)  Naudie-Maudie2 months ago

Naudie, it's VERY easy. Just print this picture the size of a cardboard toilet paper tube. You may have to adjust the size. But when wrapped around a toilet paper tube, the left & right sides will join together seamlessly. You will see, they connect. Tape it together, stuff some newspaper or toilet paper in the tube for support. Get some push pins, pins or thumb tacks, and 2 pieces of para cord. Then start with the 1st cord "the white cord" at the #1 red dot marked in the bottom right of the picture. Pin it down to hold it in place, then move it diagonally up and to the left until you get to the # 5 dot up top. Pin it to hold it down, then continue down and to the left until you get to the #2 on the bottom (it wraps around the tube). Just continue up and down, over and under, until you get back to the #1 where you started. Then start with "the blue" cord, and follow it,along it's path, paying attention to the over & unders and pinning it to hold it in place at every corner. Then that's it. Just follow the pattern thats all laid out for you. when its done, pull out the pins, slide the weave off the tube and carefully start to cinch up the slack to tighten it up. Here is a link to a different knot someone posted, but without the pattern. Just to give you a visual of the general process of tying it around a mandrel. Good luck.

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natdiamond (author)  natdiamond2 months ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0BcoUkVcmk

I love the instructable and plan to make it, but the pineapple knot link isn't working for me, do you have any other places for me to go for a tutorial (or template) for the pineapple knot?

thox2 years ago
Really cool idea! i'm making one right now!
sooooc2 years ago
that's cool. creative!
natdiamond (author)  sooooc2 years ago
Thanks. Post a pic if you make one!
That looks awesome! Best use of paracord so far. :D
natdiamond (author)  jessyratfink3 years ago
Thank you!