Have you ever come across a small decorative detail, an interesting design element, or a kitschy thing and found yourself oddly obsessed with its aesthetic or appeal? As creative people who love a whole range of DIY based things, from simple kids’ crafts to larger interior decor projects, we fully understand that! Every once in a while, we’ll suddenly find ourselves drawn to just about anything we see that’s themed after whatever little detail we’re currently raving over. Last summer, for example, we fell in love with all things pineapple themed. There’s just something so cheerful and colourful about how pineapples look that looking at them made us happy, so we started tracking down all kinds of craft projects and DIY ideas that let us harness what we liked about them in new ways. So, what’s our latest themed crafting obsession, you ask? Well, as much as we still love pineapples, we actually have moved onto something new: the cactus! Once again, we’re not entirely sure what it is about the funnily shaped, spiky little plant, but we adore all things cactus themed and have been browsing the Internet at length to find as many cactus things to make ourselves as possible.
Just in case you’re just as intrigued by the idea of cactus themed crafts and DIY projects as we were, if not more, here are 15 of the best ideas, designs, and tutorials we’ve come across in our search so far!
1. Felt cactus pincushion
Are you the kind of DIY enthusiast who loves crafting so darn much that one of your favourite things to do is make things from scratch that will actually help you out when you make other things in the future? Well, we can’t say we blame you, since we make crafts for our crafting process all the time! If you’re a sewing enthusiast, we have a feeling you’ll love this adorable cactus pin cushion just as much as we did. See how wonderfully simple it is to make on
2. Painted pebble cactus planter
Have you always loved the way miniature cacti look in tiny planters but you had little kids and pets who love to touch and explore everything in the room, so even a very small spiky plant is a bad idea for your home? Then perhaps you’d prefer to get a similarly cute look but in a much safer way instead! Check out how
3. Gold cactus summer tote
Are you actually such a big fan of cacti that you love them right down to their interesting shape? Well, if your personal style is a little more minimalist, we have a feeling you might enjoy this subtle cactus outline detail on a simple, stripy tote! The finished project might look very professional indeed, but
4. Cactus macarons with edible flowers
Are your best DIY skills actually based in the kitchen because you’re an avid cook or baking enthusiast who just loves getting creative with food in unique ways? Well, if you’re even half as big a fan of the way brightly coloured macarons have been popularized in the dessert world as of late, we think you’ll enjoy this miniature cactus macaron idea very much indeed!
5. Glitter polka dot cactus planter
Perhaps you were actually recently gifted an adorable little cactus but the planter or pot it came in is quite plain and your personal styles and tastes are a little bright and more flashy than regular terra cotta? Then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how
6. Embroidered cactus box
Are you the kind of parent who’s always looking for kid-friendly versions of the very crafts you enjoy making yourself because you want to instil that love for creativity in your kids as well and get them started on learning basic techniques early? In that case, we have a feeling you’ll be very intrigued indeed by this awesome embroidery box idea! We’re obsessed with how simply adorable this stitched cactus design featured on
7. Foam cactus cake topper
Did we really catch your attention when we started talking about cacti in the baking world because you’re a huge dessert enthusiast who loves any opportunity to bake, especially if the finished product looks really cute, but you’re also still kind of a beginner so you need some simple ideas? In that case, we absolutely think you should take a look at how
8. Potted neon cactus light
Perhaps you still think the decorative cactus idea is very cool indeed but you’re also the kind of person whose interest in DIY has always lain more in technical and electronics based projects yet, so we haven’t really shown you anything on our list so far that quite holds your attention? Well, we’re happy to report that you’ve finally scrolled long enough and hit the jackpot! Take a look at how
9. Hanging yarn tassel cactus planters
Are you still thinking about how much you liked the idea of crafting for the cacti plants you actually already owned but you’d like to do something a little craftier than just painting the pots, since you’ve tried that project before? Then perhaps you’d be a little more interested in making some tasseled hanging planters from yarn instead! We love the way
10. 30-minute drawstring fabric backpack
Are you actually more of a sewing enthusiast than anything else, so you’ve been scrolling through our list hoping to find some kind of cactus based project suited for a seamstress? Then we think we might have found just the project for you! Check out how
11. Pom pom trim wrapped cactus tree
Do you actually already own a decently sized cactus and you’re interested in jazzing it up a little bit but you don’t actually feel like painting the pot or hanging the whole thing? Then maybe you’d prefer to decorate the actual cactus itself, as if it were a funny, spiky Christmas tree! Check out how
12. Kids toothpick cacti craft
Are you still thinking about the idea of creating kid-friendly cactus themed decor like we talked about earlier because your little ones are very curious and hands-on, but you also want to find an alternative idea that’s very simple because you think they’d really like to get in on crafting the faux cacti themselves with you? Then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how
13. Papier mache cacti planter
If you’re going to make a faux cactus, or a collection of fake cacti, would you actually prefer to create something that looks surprisingly real? Then maybe you’d prefer to give these awesome painted papier mache cacti featured on
14. Miniature felted succulents
If you’re going to make something cactus themed and decorative from scratch, would you rather really make sure the entire thing is actually handmade from start to finish? Well, if you’re a felting enthusiast like we are, then we have a feeling you might be very interested in this multi-technique project idea featured on
15. Miniature crocheted cacti
Have you actually been scrolling through our list hoping to find a yarn based craft because you’ve been an avid crochet enthusiast all your life? Then we’re pleased to tell you that we’re finishing our list off with the perfect DIY project for you! This surprisingly simple pattern featured on
Do you know a fellow crafter or DIY enthusiast who loves cacti and cactus themed things just as much as we do, if not more? Share this post with them so they have plenty of new ways to get creative with the things they like most!