Our apartment kills any plant we bring into it! We don’t know if it’s the air quality, lack of light or we’re just not meant to be plant Dads.
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We’re always looking for opportunities to get involved with our neighborhood community and it’s been tough since quarantine. We were so thrilled when Queens Craft Brigade reached out about being apart of their LIVE variety web show!
We were asked to demo some sort of craft project, but the challenge is always creating something that is accessible for everyone for all ages! We wanted to keep it easy using materials that everyone would have at home.
And since we won’t be plant shopping any time soon, we thought, why not make our own cactus! And the best part is, easy care and it will thrive in our cave of a space. (Trust us, we know…our felt snake plant has been thriving for over a year now!)
What You’ll Need
Hot Glue Gun
Dried Black Beans
Print and Trace Template
Each cactus is made from 2 matching pieces. Print and cut out our free template then trace them onto a piece of cardboard. Tip: Resize to fit with your pot. Make as many or as few as you want. No printer? Draw them by hand!
Cut Out Pieces
Use scissors or a craft knife to cut out the trunks. Tip: These can be made with paper if you don’t have cardboard!
Cut Out Slits
Cut out center slits to attach the paired trunks together. Tip: Check fit and adjust as needed!
Hot glue the pieces together to keep everything in place.
Paint trunks and set to dry. Tip: Add a second coat if needed and paint the edges well for a polished look!
Add Thorns and Details
Cut small pieces of white thread and dip the ends into a bit of craft glue. Place into the open edges in groups of twos and threes.
Add some extra dimension by vertically wrapping gray thread around the trunk. Tip: No thread? Use a Sharpie to add spikey details.
Fill your pot with dried black beans, rice or rocks and plant your cacti! Tip: Use what your have around your home! A tin can can be used in place of the pot! Get creative!
We’re obsessed and think everyone is going to be happy with the craft we pricked…we mean, picked!
Don’t be a prick! Let’s stick together!
The last time we visited QCB, we got inspired to go through all our craft supplies!