Ollie the Octopus Mask

An octopus has eight arms covered in suckers. They are known as "arms" rather than "tentacles" because tentacles only have suckers at the tip. An octopus has powerful suckers along the length of its limbs, helping the octopus to grip,
touch, and taste. Because octopuses don't have bones, they can squeeze through an opening as small as a £1 coin!

To make this craft, you will need:

  • Butterfly mask printable template, printed onto thin card, or onto paper (which you can stick onto card)
  • Colouring materials
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Elastic or string
Ready-made octopus mask


  1. Cut out mask and eye holes
  2. Cut out arms on page 2
  3. Glue the arms to back of mask
  4. Colour in and decorate
  5. Make two holes where the two small circles are on the mask
  6. Tie string or elastic into the holes to make a band

Download printable template

A real octopus, photographed in an aquarium