Back in 2016, I made an octopus and posted it here on A Trivial Knot. Now I’m showing my second attempt, which was made two years later. With more experience, I was able to make a more elegant octopus, while also using foil paper (which is generally harder to work with). I was quite satisfied.
Although… if I want to pander to a certain someone maybe I ought to switch to spiders.
To make this octopus, I started with a 15 cm square, and folded it along the following creases:
This technique is called “box pleating”, because the creases mostly follow a rectilinear grid. Once I got all the folds, I collapsed it into a base, like so.
From there you just shape it into an octopus. I find toothpicks useful for curling the tentacles.