I don’t know about anyone else, but my kids are awfully jealous that I have so many plants. They’re always wanting to have some in their rooms, but whenever I give in and give them a small succulent or other clipping, they inevitably forget about it and let it die. The horror!
I’ve thought about buying them some fake houseplants, but they usually end up gathering so much dust, and it’s just another thing I need to clean around the house. But thankfully, we came up with these ultra adorable craft cactus plants that my kids go GAGA for. They are super cheap to make, they are easier than anything to create (especially when you’re struggling to find something for the kids to do this summer!), and they allow young children to have their very own “plants” in their rooms!
To make these, all you need are a couple of peat pots, some green pipe cleaners, a paper straw, a bit of green paint and some floral foam. This can all be found at your local craft store or even Walmart, or you can get it on Amazon, which is what I usually do.
This craft doesn’t need much effort put into it, but you can definitely jazz it up if you feel like it. But I find when it comes to kids and toddlers, it pays to keep it super simple!
To start building, take your floral foam and cut it in half, placing each part in one of the peat pots.
Next, take your paper straw, stick it into one piece of foam, and use your craft paint to paint it green.
Once it’s dry, cut the straw in half, and wrap the green pipe cleaners around each piece.
Now all you need to do is stick your new cacti in your pots!
This legit could not be simpler. It’s a great craft for toddlers or children. It’s so easy, but it’s so fun!
If you want to be extra fancy, you can glue on some paper flowers, hang twinkly LED lights on them or decorate the planters with more craft paint. Your child’s imagination could come up with dozens of ideas!
- 2 x 3 inch peat pots
- Floral foam
- paper straw
- 2 x green pipe cleaners
- green craft paint
- paint brush
- Cut two squares of flower foam to fit down into the pots.
- Stick the straw in one of the pots and paint it green. (Let dry)
- Once dry, remove straw and cut it in half.
- Cut two pieces of pipe cleaners that are 5 inches long.
- Wrap the pipe cleaners around the straws and shape like Saguaro cactus arms.
- Stick the cactus into the pots.
You can glue on little paper flowers or other decorations to make the cacti even prettier
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Katie Reed is a passionate writer and mother of four vivacious boys from Salt Lake City, Utah. Drawing from her own journey through TTC, pregnancy, and the joys of raising children, she offers a wealth of insight into the world of motherhood. Beyond her heartfelt tales, Katie delights her readers with family-friendly recipes, engaging crafts, and a curated library of printables for both kids and adults. When she’s not penning her experiences, you’ll find her crafting memories with her husband and sons—Dexter, Daniel, Chester, and Wilder.