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DIY Cactus Decor

This posted last year at the Make it Fun® Blog! I love these little cactus–so if you didn’t’ see them the first time around…here you go !



I have seen cactus (or is it Cacti?) everywhere as part of people’s decor.  But since I kill every plant I have ever been put in charge of (poor aloe plants), I wanted to create the fun look of cactus…but with NO watering or any maintenance to speak off!  So I turned to some FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam sheets and whipped up some of my own DIY cactus décor!

Supplies needed to make this project:

  • FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam: 1 x 12 x 36″ sheet
  • FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam: 2 x 12 x 36″ sheet
  • FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam Cutter
  • FloraCraft® Smooth finish
  • Thin Wood Skewer or Dowel
  • Terracotta Flower Pot
  • Paint
  • Toothpicks
  • Rock Vase Filler
  • Tissue Paper Flower
  • White Vinyl
  • Scissors


I wanted to make each cactus a different thickness…but you can totally use whatever thickness you want!  I took a marker and sketched a basic cactus design right on the foam sheet.  Using my foam cutter, I cut it out!

Fun foam cactus

I then added some smooth finish to cover the cactus.

smooth finish floracraft

Smooth finish does just that…it fills in all the crevices and makes it a smooth surface to paint!  You can sand it completely smooth or leave a little texture like I did.


I added some paint — light green to the small cactus and dark to the big cactus.  Then added little highlights and lowlights with the alternate color.  It just gives it a little depth!


I then used my scrap pieces of foam from the cactus to fill it the bottom of the pot!

fill pot with leftover

I added a trimmed  wood skewer to the middle of the cactus and pushed it down in the pot.  Then I added some rocks to cover the foam in the pot.


I decided that the cactus needed some pokeys on it…so I added some toothpicks that I snipped in half.  Then, to finish the big one off,  I added a tissue paper cactus flower and little vinyl triangles to the pot!


I totally love how they turned out (if I do say so myself!)!


They currently sit in my new laundry room to add a little funk and color!


About Kimbo

Kimbo blogs at A girl and a glue gun--where she puts her hot glue gun to good use (as well as her vinyl cutter and sewing machine) She loves all crafts and is thrifty (the nice way to say she's cheap) So she is constantly trying to come up with fast and easy projects that won't break the bank! She lives in Idaho with her hot husband and 3 kiddos.