Simple Kids Craft – Cute Cactus Pots

My kids won't stop asking for their own plants to take care of, so we created these simple DIY Cactus Plants as an easy kid craft. Cheap, simple and fast to make, they are so fun for little ones!

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!

Pipe Cleaner Cactus Craft

Pipe Cleaner Cactus Craft

Yield: 2 Cute Cacti
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $5

These adorable little cacti are made from straws and pipe cleaners. This is a wonderful craft for young children, and it gives them some of their own adorable plants to take care of without worry.

Materials

  • 2 x 3 inch peat pots
  • Floral foam
  • paper straw
  • 2 x green pipe cleaners
  • green craft paint

Tools

  • scissors
  • paint brush

Instructions

  1. Cut two squares of flower foam to fit down into the pots.
  2. Stick the straw in one of the pots and paint it green. (Let dry)
  3. Once dry, remove straw and cut it in half.
  4. Cut two pieces of pipe cleaners that are 5 inches long.
  5. Wrap the pipe cleaners around the straws and shape like Saguaro cactus arms.
  6. Stick the cactus into the pots.

Notes

You can glue on little paper flowers or other decorations to make the cacti even prettier

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Katie Reed

Katie Reed

Katie Reed is a 38 year old mom blogger from Salt Lake City, UT. She is married to the man of her dreams and together they have four beautiful boys. Dexter is 9, Daniel is 7, Chester is 5 and Wilder is 2. She writes about living with mental health issues while navigating motherhood. Her blog focuses on tips and tricks for moms, information and parenting news, kid-friendly recipes and crafts. She loves to reflect on the humorous side of parenthood and shares the reality of her life, with a "warts and all" attitude.

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