Make it Monday: DIY Cactus Decor

Aug 20, 2012  |  Posted by: Megan Stay

Friends! It’s been a couple weeks since the last Make it Monday post. My sincerest apologies! But here is a fun and easy project. You could use this in photo booths (make them HUGE!), on treat tables, or add glitter numbers to help your guests find their seats! Add a couple tissue paper flowers to match the hues of your wedding day.

What you’ll need:

  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Spray paint (in a couple shades of green)
  • Heavy duty scissors
  • Tooth picks
  • Terra cotta pot (depending ont he size of your cactus

Step 1: Draw out your cactus design. I freehanded mine but you can print out a picture of a cactus from a Google Image search. I drew a long “stem” on my cactus so it will go all the way to the bottom of the pot. This way it will stand in the center of the pot after you’ve “planted” it!

Step 2: Use your heavy duty scissors and cut out the cactus shape.

Step 3: Use one darker color all over, front and back of your cactus. Let it dry.

Step 4: Choose a lighter color green to spray the tips of the cactus. I held a piece of cardboard over the main part of the cactus. My advise would be to hold out the blocking cardboard farther from your cactus so you don’t get hard lines….like I did… wah wah… And let it dry.

Step 5: Cut toothpicks in half with your heavy duty scissors

Step 6: Push cuts ends of toothpicks in the edges of the cactus. They will fit well in the corrugated edges. Tip: Use the sharp side of a toothpick to make a hole  and then stick the cut side in. You can glue them in to keep them from falling out if they are loose.

Step 7: Fill with rocks on equal sides so it stands up in the center.

I think it’s so sweet!
What do you think of this DIY project? Is it doable? Have an event, wedding, shower, birthday or otherwise? Stuck on something you need for the soiree, i.e. favors, place cards, decor, tablescapes, etc? Let me know your color scheme and theme and I’ll give it a whirl. Who knows your project could be featured next! Love the idea but don’t have time to make it? Email me and I’ll give you a quote (meg at megruth dot com).