UPCYCLE FAUX CACTUS CREATIVELY BETH

How to Upcycle Faux Cactus Tutorial

Good morning y’all!  So let me tell you that my black thumb is so bad I can even kill a cactus! 🌵 But these Upcycle Faux Cactus featuring all of my favorite Tombow USA products are a true reflection of my creative design style.  I hope you enjoy!

UPCYCLE FAUX CACTUS CREATIVELY BETH

Here is what you will need to create Upcycle Faux Cactus

FREE PRINTABLE CACTUS PATTERNS

UPCYCLE FAUX CACTUS CREATIVELY BETH

STEP ONE

Decoupage green tissue paper to upcycled clear plastic packaging with an old paintbrush and MONO Aqua Liquid Glue.  Let dry, flip over and decoupage the second side.  I used a light, medium and dark green tissue, tearing it into pieces before applying.

UPCYCLE FAUX CACTUS CREATIVELY BETH

STEP TWO

Base coat terra cotta pots with white acrylic craft paint, let dry.  Apply a second coat, if necessary.

UPCYCLE FAUX CACTUS CREATIVELY BETH

STEP THREE

On a plain piece of paper draw cactus shapes with MONO J Drawing Pencil 2H grade, then ink in with the broad tip of MONO Twin Permanent Marker.  Include a slit halfway down from the top of one shape and halfway up from the bottom of the second shape.

UPCYCLE FAUX CACTUS CREATIVELY BETH

STEP FOUR

Doodle designs onto the terra cotta pots with the broad tip of the MONO Twin Permanent Marker.

UPCYCLE FAUX CACTUS CREATIVELY BETH

STEP FIVE

Once dry, trace each of the three cactus shapes on to each of the three decoupaged plastic sheets with the fine tip of the MONO Twin Permanent Marker.

UPCYCLE FAUX CACTUS CREATIVELY BETH

STEP SIX

Cut out all of the cactus shapes with scissors.  Double cut the slits to 1/16″ wide and slide both pieces together to create a three-dimensional cactus shape.

UPCYCLE FAUX CACTUS CREATIVELY BETH

STEP SEVEN

Lay all pieces flat and add needles to each cactus with Tombow 1500 Series Colored Pencils.

UPCYCLE FAUX CACTUS CREATIVELY BETH

STEP EIGHT

Color paper flowers by scribbling Dual Brush Pens on the Blending Palette, spraying with the Spray Mister and dipping the flowers into the colored ink.  Set aside on a paper towel to dry.  Then scrunch dry flower and attach to the top of the cactus with Tombow Xtreme Tabs, which are clear so they won’t show!

UPCYCLE FAUX CACTUS CREATIVELY BETH

STEP NINE

Apply a piece of duct tape to the hole at the bottom of each terra cotta pot, fill with rocks and sand, then “plant” the cactus.  Here is a close up of each cactus!

THE PRICKLY PEAR CACTUS

UPCYCLE FAUX CACTUS CREATIVELY BETH

THE BARREL CACTUS

UPCYCLE FAUX CACTUS CREATIVELY BETH

THE CEREUS CACTUS

UPCYCLE FAUX CACTUS CREATIVELY BETH

I am so pleased with the way this project turned out and hopefully I won’t kill these Upcycle Faux Cactus!  LOL!  Happy #nationalcactusday

Be sure to check out all of my creative inspiration over @CreativelyBeth on Instagram!

Thanks for stopping by!

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