Looking for an easy summer activity? How about a Finding Dory craft? More specifically a Hank from Finding Dory craft!
Everyone loves Dory and Nemo but for some reason, Hank really stands out to me too. I can’t wait to see him in action on Friday when Finding Dory is released in theaters!!
Note that Hank is actually a septopus because he lost one of his arms along the way. You could totally drop one of his arms in this craft for authenticity if you like. 😉
Hank the Octopus Craft Materials
I already had everything on hand that I needed to make Hank and you might too! The only thing you might need is red party streamers and the Hank template. Don’t worry I am sharing the template below!
- Red Construction Paper
- Blue Construction Paper
- White Construction Paper
- Red Streamers
- Hank Template
- Black Marker
- Glue Stick
Start by tracing Hank’s head on red construction paper. I made it easy and created a template using a Finding Dory coloring sheet. I printed my template at 181% so his head would take up most of the page, you might need to adjust the percentage based on your own printer. You can free hand draw his head if you’re talented. I’m not but luckily with the template, it’s easy for anyone to make this craft.
I printed a couple of the Hank templates and used them to also make his eyes. It helped make me keep the shape and size more accurate.
I used the template to sort of eyeball (see what I did there 😉 ) the location of where to glue on Hank’s eyes. Then I used the streamer paper to create Hank’s arms.
Once I determined a good length (15″-18″), I cut 4 identical pieces and folded them neatly together several times. Cut the streamers in half lengthwise. This will help keep Hank’s 8 arms similar in size.
I attached 4 arms to the front side of Hank and 4 arms to his back. I found gluing the streamers going up helped Hank’s arms fluff out (like a 3-D effect) vs lying flat. The final step is drawing an angled straight line for his mouth. Again I used the template as a guide to draw his mouth.
That’s it! I think he turned out pretty cute and I think younger kids could follow the steps to create him as well.
- Hank Finding Dory Template
- Print the Hank template (enlarging it to the size of the head you want to make). I printed mine at 181 so that it would fill up an entire sheet of construction paper.
- Use the template to trace Hanks head outline on a piece of red construction paper, then cut it out.
- Cut out the eyes from the template and use them to cut out white and blue eye shapes.
- Glue the eyes onto the red Hank head.
- I cut 4 identical lengths of red streamer, the length depends on how big you make your Hank. 15-18" streamers worked well for my craft.
- Cut each streamer in half lengthwise, now you have 8 tentacles, glue one end to the bottom of Hank's head, leaving room to space out 4 arms on the front and 4 arms on the back.
- Hank's mouth is a slightly angled straight line. Use the template to help guide you, then draw it on using a black marker.
1. You can keep your Hank authentic by only gluing on 7 arms instead of 8.
2. If you glue the streamers going up towards Hank's eyes, they will have a more 3-D fluffed out effect.
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This post was originally published June 13, 2016.