As you probably know, cactuses and succulents are a huge trend right now. I absolutely love cactuses and I spend a little too much money buying them. Recently, my grandmother was visiting and since she loves doing crafts, I thought it would be fun to try out different cactus D.I.Y’s. To find my inspiration, I looked on Pinterest. I always find the cutest ideas on Pinterest. (Make sure to check out my Pinterest page, which you can find on the sidebar). I chose the three crafts I thought were the cutest. I did a rock cactus, a cardboard cactus, and a wire and yarn cactus. They were all huge successes, and I am obsessed with how well they turned out.
- flat(ish) rocks
- green paint
- White paint pen
- terrocata pot
- vase filler (I used small rocks)
First thing you need to do is paint your flat rocks green. This is actually much harder then I thought it was going to be, and you really only need to paint the top half of the rock. It took about three coats to properly cover the rock.
After the rocks have dried, simply add prickles by drawing with paint pens. There are so many ways you can do this to make it your own. I used dots and x like shapes.
To help save money, instead of filling the whole vase with rocks, fill the bottom 3/4 up with newspaper and tissues. Then, cover the top with little rocks.
Place your finished rock cactuses into the vases and push them between the little rocks so they stay in place. And now, you’re D O N E, and you have a beautiful cactus decor piece.
WIRE & YARN CACTUS:
- Plyable wire
- Yarn (I used green for the cactus and pink, red, and yellow for the flowers)
- Terrocatta Pot
- Small vase fillers (you can use the same as what you used for the rock cactus)
- Wire cutter
Cut the wire so you have enough to shape it into your desired design. The length will depend on the shape of your cactus.
Shape the wire into your desired shape. There are so many different things you can do with this so don’t forget to be creative! Depending on your design, you may need to attach separate pieces of wire. This is slightly harder, but don’t let that scare you. Remember it is not going to be perfect, cactus in the wild aren’t perfect either.
After you have molded your wire, it is time to begin to wrap the yarn around the wire. Take your green yarn and tie a double or triple knot at the end. This should prevent the yarn from slipping. Then, wrap your green yarn around the wire in a circular motion. This step took me around thirty minutes, but the time it takes depends on the size of your cactus.
Once you have fully covered the wire in yarn, the cactus may have gotten a little misshapen. Simply bend it back into shape, and then add flowers. This step is totally optional, but, I really like the pop of color the flowers give. To make the flowers, all you have to do is cut about 4-7 pieces of string about the length of your hand. This way you have enough string to easily tie it. Then take your pieces and tie them around the cactus. Then cut the string until it is a length you like.
For this step all you have to do is pot it using the same method as above to save rocks. And you are D O N E!!!
- cardboard ( I used poster-board because cardboard is very hard to deal with)
- Green paint
- Silver Metallic Sharpie
- scissors or an exacto knife if you do use cardboard
- hot glue gun
For this step, simply trace your design onto the cardboard/paper. Once you have your design, cut it out and use it to trace and cut out your second piece. You need two in order to give it the cool 3-D affect.
Once you have cut out your pieces, it is time to paint. I painted mine, but if you can find green poster board then you can skip this step. It took three coats of paint to get mine a light green color. Since I did two thin layers, it dried pretty fast.
Now, it is time to add the prickles. This is very similar to what we did for the rock D.I.Y, except this time we used a sliver sharpie. You can use whatever color you want, but I love how cool the metallic silver looks against the green. You can also add the pricks however you want. I did a bunch of vertical lines for mine. Make sure to cover both sides of both your pieces with pricks. Remember, it doesn’t matter if it isn’t perfect.
This part is a little complicated, so try to bear with me. Cut a slit halfway through both of your pieces. Cut halfway from the bottom of one piece and halfway from the top on the other. If I am making this sound super complicated, then just look at the pictures.
Once you have finished cutting, slide your pieces into eachother, and TA-DA, you have your cactus! Except, it is probably not staying together depending on the size. To keep you cactus looking super cute all you have to do is hot-glue gun a small drop of glue on the top of the cactus where the four tips meet. Do the same on the bottom, and your cactus should be looking great!
You know the drill. I potted this cactus the same way I potted the others. Halfway to 3/4 filled with newspaper, and the rest with rocks to give it a nice look and keep it in place. And for the final time, you’re D O N E!
I hope you enjoyed making these, and I am sure they all turned out great! If you do make any of these D.I.Y’s, make sure to comment down below! It makes my day whenever I get a nice comment. Remember, all of these D.I.Y’s are super customizable, so make sure to be creative. I got my inspiration for these cactuses on Pinterest so make sure to check out the link below for even more ideas! Thank you so much for reading my blog and make sure to come back next Friday for another post.- Suki <3