No green thumb? Create a garden of zero-maintenance cacti. 

If you love houseplants but manage to kill even the most low-maintenance varieties, forget about the real deal and create a garden of everlasting cacti instead. First, learn how to make a paper cactus following the steps demonstrated by crafter Lia Griffith, taken from her new book, Cutting Machine Crafts. Our recommendation: Make several cacti in various sizes and shades of green to build your own Southwest-style garden on your windowsill or kitchen counter. The best part: It will always look amazing—no water, sun, or care required. 

What You Need

  • Canson paper or large cardstock paper
  • Poster board
  • Low-temp hot glue gun
  • Paper curling tool
  • Spray mount or glue
  • 12 x 24-inch cutting mat
  • Painted pot

Follow These Steps

  1. Cut pieces from card stock and one piece of base from poster board. 
  2. Fold large pieces of cacti along score lines. With curling tool, gently shape two layers of petals of cacti flower. 
  3. Using hot glue gun, place dot on back of one petal layer and secure it onto the center of the second petal layer, with both sets of petals curling upwards. 
  4. Use spray mount or glue to attach poster board and round card stock base piece. 
  5. Slide tabs of one large cacti piece into slits on top of base, leaving two base slits in between. Repeat with second matching piece, forming an X shape.
  6. Slide next piece with slit at bottom over other two. Press tab into base on right side. Repeat with final tab to form body of cactus. 
  7. Add hot glue to the bottom of the small split-top piece and attach to the top of the cactus. Slide other small piece into slit and glue in place. 
  8. Glue the flower on top of the cactus, then place the cactus into the painted pot. Repeat to build your very own cacti garden! 

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