Nicole™ Crafts Cactus Rocks

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by Angela Son, A.C. Moore Craftologist

Nicole™ Crafts Cactus Rocks

It's not a mirage! We made these stony succulents from clay pots, paint, sand and river rocks. Create a modern oasis in the desert of your desk or coffee table!

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:an hour + dry time

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Make cactus: Paint rocks in colors of your choice. We used the shades of Green, Blue and Pink under supplies - these provide a fun pop of color! Use a sponge roller to apply paint until none of the original rock color peeks through (we needed four coats to accomplish this). Tip: Paint one side at a time, alternating after each coat. Another tip: Using a hair dryer or heat fan helps the paint dry quicker. Use a Black marker to make thorn patterns as shown, or create your own.
  • 2
    Plant cactus: Put a piece of duck tape tp cover the hole at the bottom of the clay pot -- you'll see why this is so important in just a minute! Use the craft knife to cut and shape floral foam so 1 inch remains on top of your clay pot. Place and press cactus rock(s) into foam. Remove rocks and dig into the imprint with a pencil to create a space for the rocks to sit. Apply hot glue to the bottom of the cactus rock and place into the imprinted space. Once you like how it looks, fill clay pot with sand until the floral foam is covered.

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:an hour + dry time

Project Supplies

  • •Assorted Main Line Pottery Clay Pot(s)
  • •Estes' Art Sand in Beige
  • •Panacea White River Rocks
  • •DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint in Bright Colors (we used Bluegrass Green, Citron Green & Dragonfruit)
  • •Sharpie Permanent Fine Point Marker in Black
  • •FloraCraft Desert Foam Design It Bricks
  • •Nicole™ Crafts Sponge Roller Brush & Dual Temperature Glue Gun
  • •X-ACTO Precision Instruments Craft Knife
  • •Surebonder All Purpose Stik Glue Sticks
  • •Heat Fan or Hair Dryer (optional), Any Color of Duck Tape, Pencil & Ruler