How to Make an Adorable Paper Cactus
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
- Cut pieces from card stock and one piece of base from poster board.
- Fold large pieces of cacti along score lines. With curling tool, gently shape two layers of petals of cacti flower.
- 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.
- Use spray mount or glue to attach poster board and round card stock base piece.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Glue the flower on top of the cactus, then place the cactus into the painted pot. Repeat to build your very own cacti garden!