Paper Squid Craft - Template Included!

Paper crafts are such a great activity for those slow afternoons. This squid craft is PERFECT for children of all ages who enjoy sea creatures. It makes a great addition to an ocean life unit as well. We have included a free printable squid template to make this ocean craft nice and easy! Follow the step-by-step directions below to create your very own paper squid craft.

squid craft

Looking for more ocean crafts? Check out this paper shark activity, this cupcake liner jellyfish, or this ocean environment craft.

paper squid craft

Whether you're looking for a fun craft for a busy afternoon or want to make a collection of ocean crafts, this squid craft is PERFECT.  It makes a fun activity for kids of all ages. Older children can make it independently and with support toddlers and preschoolers can get creative and get some great motor skill practice with this one, too.

Scroll down below to get started on your squid paper craft.

squid ocean craft for kids

Squid craft

Squid paper craft supplies

  • Squid template (scroll down for link)
  • Colored craft papers - purple and white
  • White watercolor paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Watercolour paints - blue
  • Paintbrush

How to make your squid craft

STEP 1: Gather up your supplies

First things first - gather up all the supplies you need. If you don't normally do this, you need to! It makes the process much easier. In case you haven't got your squid template yet, you can scroll down to grab that for free.

STEP 2: Prepare the squid template

Next, you'll need to prepare your template by printing each piece out on the appropriate colored papers and cutting them out. The squid goes on purple paper and the eyes will be printed out on white. For some extra fun, grab a few different shades of purple to print the tentacles on!

Or, you can print it on white cardstock and color or paint the squid template. You can even play with different colors! Just have fun with it.

squid template

STEP 3: Assemble your squid

Now to put your squid together! Start by gluing the body pieces together and then glue the tentacles in a fun arrangement, as shown below. Optionally, cut out and colour some bubbles to add to your paper craft.

squid paper craft

STEP 4: Paint the ocean

Grab a piece of white paper and paint it with blue watercolours in different shades! See what different shapes and swirls you can make. Once you're done, set it aside and allow time to dry.

The best type of paper to use for this part of your squid craft is watercolor paper. Cover the paper with a thin layer of water before adding your blue watercolor paint for a fun effect. 

STEP 5: Finalize your squid craft

Once the painted ocean had dried glue down your squid (and bubbles, if you made some). Your squid paper craft is now complete! 

squid craft - ocean paper craft for kids

Have fun making some other ocean crafts in the same style to display alongside your squid craft. You could make a blow fish paper craftseahorse craftwhale paper craft, stingray paper craft or a sea turtle paper craft.


To get this squid craft template for free click on the link below and use the discount code - squid. For personal or classroom use only. Not for redistribution. All images are copyrighted. Thank you.

printable squid template

Did you have fun making your squid craft? Toddlers, preschoolers, and older kids are all sure to have a blast with this paper craft activity. We hope you enjoyed making your squid together!

squid craft - ocean craft for kids

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