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. I’m curious how the Heavy Body Acrylic differs from the regular acrylic paint. Is it the consistency that differs?

  2. What a really cute idea, especially for a child to do. I’ll have to pass this on to my sister as she may want to try this with her two youngest, who are home schooled.

  3. This is such a great creatitive project. It took me a while to figure out that the cacti were rocks. Just amazing!

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