DIY Cactus out of Cardboard

After the paper plants I created back in April, I’ve been on a serious mission to figure out how to prevent myself even further from killing real life plants. Turns out, yes, you can kill cactus. I have proof. I thought we might all need a kill-free solution and I turned to cardboard to create some life-size cacti. I love how they turned out! And they are so so easy and require no gluing.

You’ll Need:

  • Cardboard
  • Paint (spray or acrylic)
  • Sharpie
  • Rice
  • Clay Pots in Various Sizes
  • Template
  • Craft Knife or Scissors
  • Cutting Mat
  • Tape

 

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cactus made from cactus

Chair from Modernica  |  Styling and photos by Brittany Jepsen

See below for full tutorial!

DIY Cactus Instructions

Step 1: Print off the templates for the cacti shapes. Scale them to your desired size. For the tallest cacti, if you would like the same size, you will have to copy the template at your local printer on their engineering sized prints.

Step 2: Cut out the template shapes.

Step 3: Trace the shapes onto cardboard.

Step 4: Cut out the shapes with a knife or scissors.

Step 5: Paint the cardboard if desired.

Step 6: If you use spray paint, let it dry for at least 24 hours.

Step 7: Add patterns onto the cardboard. This is the fun part!

Step 8: Cover the hole in the pot with tape.

Step 9: Fill the pot with rice. Tip: to save on using too much rice, I cut out a circular piece of cardboard to the shape of the pot a few inches below and filled the rice on top of that.

Step 10: Put your cactus pieces together and insert into the pots.

Voila!

I’m thinking these would be great as decor. And bonus! You don’t have to worry about needles.cactus detail polka dot cactus templateDIY cacti

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