Do you love decorating with a potted cactus as much as me? Then you are going to love this mini potted paper cactus craft you can make with Cricut! It needs no water, dirt, and you won’t get poked with its thorns!
I love the look of cacti and succulents but they don’t tend to live long. Either I water them too much or not quite enough. There doesn’t seem to be much of an in-between.
That’s why this paper cactus Cricut craft is PERFECT for those who have a black thumb. They will look so cute sitting on a windowsill or even as a baby shower favor!
You will love how easy this paper cactus craft is to make with your Cricut Maker!
It’s perfect for party favors, decorations, or home decor.
Have fun and don’t forget to tag me in your pictures so I can see your creations!
Potted Paper Cactus Craft | Paper Craft Ideas
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- Torch Cactus template in Design Space, #M103661F
- Cricut Maker (or another Cricut cutting machine) with Fine Point Blade and Scoring tool
- Cricut Light Grip Mat
- Cardstock paper in light green, dark green, coral pink, and cream colors
- Small terracotta pot (size 2”)
- Styrofoam ball or other filler to fit inside a terracotta pot
- Hot glue gun with clear hot glue sticks
- Glue stick
Instructions to Cut Three Paper Cacti Craft (in varying sizes)
How to Upload the Cactus Pattern into Design Space
Open Cricut Design Space.
Click on the “+” sign to start a new project, opening up a blank canvas.
Click on the Images button from the toolbar.
Search for the “torch cactus” image (#M103661F) and then click on the image to insert the pattern on the canvas.
Resize grouping to double its original height (4.5” high).
Click on the shape button on the toolbar to insert a circle shape.
Resize the circle shape to match slightly smaller than the diameter of the top of the terracotta pot. In this case, the circle shape is sized to 2.125”.
Change the color of the lightest green pieces to pink and change the color of the circle shape to cream color. Move to the color sync tab to see all the pieces sorted by color.
Cutting Your Paper Cactus Craft
With the machine set to Cricut Maker, select “Make It” in Design Space.
Set material type to Cardstock, choosing the appropriate weight based on your paper.
Place the first paper color onto the light grip mat.
Follow prompts for loading cardstock paper into Cricut Maker and cutting. When the cut is complete, unload the mat from the machine.
Remove the cut pieces from the cutting mat using a spatula tool.
Repeat for the remaining cacti pieces and papers.
Assembling the Paper Cactus Craft
Fold the cactus pieces along the score lines.
Group the similar-sized pieces together. They will create three separate cacti.
Start with the smallest sized cactus.
Using a glue stick, glue the pieces together, sandwiching the prickly pieces between the other colors, alternating them as you go along.
Repeat with the other two sizes of cactus.
Assembling the Potter Paper Cactus Craft
Place the styrofoam ball (or other filler material) inside the terracotta pot.
Cover the ball with the cream-colored circle shape gluing in place.
Attach the prepared cactus pieces on top of the circle with hot glue and hold in place until glue sets.
Now you have a super cute paper cactus craft that is perfect for any space or to give as a gift.
Who are you going to make one for next?
Let me know if you have any questions about the process!
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