Down in the bottom of the deep blue sea, there are strange and wonderful things. Fish that glow in the dark or squirt bellyfuls of slime, one metre wide jellies and snaggle-toothed fearsome slithering things. This month we’ve been inspired by our Voyage to the Deep exhibition to craft a mischievous deep sea creature of our own — an octopus — that is hands-down the easiest soft sculpture craft you could make.
What happens when you cross a sock with an octopus? A soctopus of course. And when you take a betentacled creature and make them a bedazzled and bespectacled creature – a steampunk soctopus! Not a creature from primordial depths out to destroy the world but an adorable sewing-free softie that’s perfect for craft time with kids.
• Socks (printed or patterned look best)
• A few handfuls of pillow stuffing
• Elastic bands or chenille stems
• Wiggle eyes or safety eyes
• Craft glue
• Spare heavyweight fabric such as felt, vinyl or contact paper
• Sequins, rhinestones or glitter
Optional: split pins, needle and thread, metallic cord or wire
Stuff a handful of pillow stuffing into the toe of your sock to make the octopus head. Tie the neck of your octopus shut with an elastic band.
Make the octopus legs by cutting the bottom of your sock octopus in 2 centimetre-wide strips. You may like to trim off the ankle elastic first.
Add your wiggle eyes using craft glue. You could also use stitch-on eyes or safety eyes for a more robust octopus.
Freehand cut a pair of steampunk goggles to fit your octopus using heavy fabric or vinyl/contact.
Add glue to your goggles and bedazzle them with sequins or something else sparkly. Allow to dry.
For extra steampunk accessories cut out some cogs or mechanical arms from your vinyl/felt/contact and cover them with a bit of sparkle, too.
Use split pins or stickytape to secure your goggles onto the soctopus.
Use glue or split pins to attach your accessories.
If you like, add a little smile to your octopus using metallic wire, thread or a chenille stem.
And there you have it. A cute-as-cotton-socks steampunk octopus softie.