DIY Outdoor Craft: Cacti Plant

Hello everyone! With Summer nearly upon us, it’s only fitting to start spending even more time outdoors in the sunshine and warm temperatures, don’t you think? But what about CRAFTING with our beautiful nature? Today’s video is a fun example of how you can use a simple thing found outside and turn it into an amazing craft project!

For this video, I will be sharing how I used small rocks and turned them into a cacti plant. Cacti is such a popular thing these days, and I too love the look of them. With just a few colors of Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic Paint, I was able to paint these rocks to look similar to cacti.

I went for a more playful style with the painting of these rocks by choosing brighter colors and painting on some white dot details. But you could also adapt the design to look even more realistic and “true to nature”.

This cacti plant is very small; only about 3 1/2″ in height. I found a small cup that I could place my “plants” into. I had some moss that I could fill the cup with as the base for my cacti. You could use grass, twigs and dirt from outside if you don’t have any moss.

I also used some Prima paper flowers from their Wild & Free pack. I always loved the look of flowers on a cactus, so I just had to add some onto my arrangement! The florals from the Wild & Free pack reminded me of desert flowers.

I adhered all of the pieces of my cacti arrangement with hot glue. You could try other adhesives but I wanted to make sure everything stayed in place. Hot glue was the adhesive on hand that I thought would do the best job.

I hope that today’s post has been inspiring to you and that you will give this unique DIY project a try! More details – along step by step instructions – for this project are in the video below. This was such a fun project to create, and really was very simple. It also would make a great kids craft also… summer craft days were always something I loved when I was a kid!

Thanks for stopping by and spending your day with me… I’ll be back next week with a new Studio Monday video to share!





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  1. Such a great idea Nina and its so adorable.
    Last year our daughter and our 2 little grandsons painted larger rocks and coloured them as frogs, ladybugs, etc. and we have them sitting on steps, our deck and the patio and they look adorable. She sprayed them with a water proof sealant and they have held up beautifully. Your Cacti idea will make a great project to do with them this summer. TFS!

  2. I just love this and its so playful, am sure kids of just about any age would enjoy doing rock painting like this during summer holidays. Thank you for sharing and inspiring minds all over.

    Happy summer

  3. Congrats to the winners!
    Would never have thought to use rocks for the cacti. What a great idea for a 3-D project. tfs.

  4. Ohh this is fab!
    I haven’t painted rocks for years … my favourite I ever made was a painted black rock with some added white evil eyes, still makes me giggle ;)

  5. I have a plan for real cacti in a planting, now I think I am going to add some painted ones, too! Brilliant!

  6. Cute idea–I live in the land of cactus–and thought this was cute. Thinking I may make a few as housewarming gifts.

  7. Such a cute and easy craft idea! Definitely one I’ll share with my daughters-in-law to do with the grandkids. Thanks.

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