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!
Here is what you will need to create Upcycle Faux Cactus
- Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue
- Tombow MONO Twin Permanent Marker
- Tombow 1500 Series Colored Pencils – White, Yellow Green, and Olive Green
- Tombow Dual Brush Pens – 025, 725 and 933
- Tombow Spray Mister and Blending Palette from the Blending Kit
- Tombow MONO J Drawing Pencil – 2H grade
- Tombow MONO Dust Catch Eraser
- Tombow Xtreme Tabs
- Americana Acrylic Paint by DecoArt – Titanium White
- Upcycled Clear Plastic Packaging; Terra Cotta Pots; Tissue Paper; Paintbrush; Scissors; Paper Flowers; Sand; Duct Tape
FREE PRINTABLE CACTUS PATTERNS
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.
Base coat terra cotta pots with white acrylic craft paint, let dry. Apply a second coat, if necessary.
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.
Doodle designs onto the terra cotta pots with the broad tip of the MONO Twin Permanent Marker.
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.
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.
Lay all pieces flat and add needles to each cactus with Tombow 1500 Series Colored Pencils.
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!
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
THE BARREL CACTUS
THE CEREUS CACTUS
I am so pleased with the way this project turned out and hopefully I won't kill these Upcycle Faux Cactus! LOL! Happy #nationalcactusday
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4 thoughts on “How to Upcycle Faux Cactus Tutorial”
I love this project, too! I’d love to feature this (and any other kid-friendly stuff you have) on Fun Family Crafts.
Thanks, Cindy – I sure will submit it! 🙂
What a lovely idea. I,m all for recycle crafts, will definitely try this!
Thank you Heather! It really is quick and easy. You could substitute painted cardboard! 🙂