If you’ve been following home decor and crafting trends at all, I’m sure you’ve noticed that cactus-themed items are all the rage right now. Whether it’s watercolor art for your walls or a porcelain piggy-bank for your kid’s room, the cactus trend is definitely here to stay. That’s why it made perfect sense to add a bit of flair to paper mache and make this Christmas DIY cactus trio. Because what’s not to love about a decorated cactus?!
- 4.5 inch Paper Mache Cactus
- 6 inch Paper Mache Cactus
- Paper Mache Prickly Pear
- Ceramic Tree Star Topper
- Christmas Lights Garland
- Mini Hat and Scarf
- Hot Temp Glue Gun for 7/16 inch Glue Sticks
- Variety of Acrylic Paint
Begin by removing the label off the paper mache planter and adding your first coat of paint. I went with three different shades of green for each of the different cacti.
Once the base coats of paints have been applied and allowed to dry, begin adding the detail to each plant.
Apply brown paint to the inside of the planter to mimic the look of dirt.
Allow “plants” to dry completely before continuing on to the embellishments in step 5.
Grab the small Christmas lights and begin securing to the Prickly Pear cactus with small dabs of hot glue. You don’t need to attach every light bulb, I probably glued one bulb out of every five. Continue until entire plant is covered.
Use a pair of wire cutters to trim the tip of the star. Make sure to leave at least 1/2″ of the wire to insert in the the top of the Golden Barrel cactus.
Push the wire into the top of the cactus and secure with hot glue if needed.
To add the hat and scarf to the Seguaro, add a bit of hot glue to the top and midsection of the plant and press the fabric in place.
Place your Christmas DIY cactus trio side-by-side to enjoy all season long!
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Vanessa is a self proclaimed sleep deprived mother of two adorable boys and when she has a little time to spare, she makes things and posts about them on her craft blog, Tried & True. If she’s not cooking, sewing, gluing or making, she would probably go crazy. Join her on her crafty adventure at Tried & True.