18 Jul

My kids were wacked out crazy tonight.  Big A spent the day at zoo camp learning about the animals and was over tired.  Little C spent the day at daycare, had a nap but was worn out and cranky from the heat and disappointed that he couldn’t go to zoo camp with his brother.  There was fighting, hitting and all around chaos.  My solution was craft time.

I have a basket of rogue socks that is starting to take over it’s special little corner of the laundry room.  I save these sad and lonely socks on the odd chance their sole mate (get it?  sole mate. . . .like the sole of your foot!  Ha!)  might turn up.  More often than not, the mate doesn’t turn up and then these poor little socks get a new meaning to their lives.  They become craft projects.

Soctopus, What you need:

  • Socks of any size, the larger the sock, the larger the soctopus
  • batting or crumpled newspaper or magazine.  I like to recycle, so I use paper from the bin.
  • google eyes
  • tacky glue
  • scissors
  • ribbon
  • permanent marker
  • pompoms

Start by making a ball of paper to whatever size you want the head and stuff it into the toe of your sock.  If you are using batting, just pack it good so it doesn’t get too floppy.

Cut the tentacles starting at the opening of the sock and working up about 1/2 inch from the base of your ball.  Make then as fat or narrow as you like.  They will roll and stretch so don’t make them too thin or they will just rip.

Cut a piece of ribbon and tie it in a tight double knot at the base of the ball to keep the stuffing in.

Glue on google eyes, pompom nose and pompom “hat” if you prefer.

Draw on a smile or whatever you want.  Little C wanted a sad soctopus!















Wow, first off let me apologize for the poor quality of these photos!  My good camera battery died.  Secondly, I’m sorry you can see the mess behind the boys, but that just goes to show you that we are REAL people and our house is NEVER spotless!


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