Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Party Decor: Cardboard Cactus Tutorial

Tutorial: make cactus party decor with cardboard, paint, and tissue paper flowers.  By Grow Creative Blog

Who loves the cactus trend?  Me! pick me!

Cacti have such lovely organic shapes and they come in more colors than you would think.  And not all cacti have to be green. They can be blue, purple, or even pink! And for craft purposes, they can be any color you want.  So go ahead and dream of coral or teal cactus- your options are limitless.

If you're in the mood for a Western or Mexican-themed party or just want something to liven up your wall space, try out this cardboard cactus tutorial.  You won't be sad you tried it!

Tutorial: make cactus party decor with cardboard, paint, and tissue paper flowers.  By Grow Creative Blog

Materials:
cardboard
scissors
acrylic craft paints
paint brushes
tissue paper flowers or silk flowers
masking tape

Instructions:
  1. Draw cactus shapes on cardboard and cut them out. Don't be too picky about the shapes. Cactus are very round and oval-ish.  Improvise or look at some cactus to get an idea of their shapes.  You can draw a variety or saguaro or barrel cactus.  Even prickly pears are easy to create. You can draw them on cereal boxes, shoe boxes, any cardboard you have lying around.                                                                                                                                              
  2. Using acrylic craft paints, paint each cactus shape completely on one side.  You may want to pick an analogous color scheme like my blues and greens, it's up to you! Let the paint dry completely.                                                                                                                                                   
  3. Using a contrasting color, paint lines for the spikes of the cactus.  You can paint long lines to give contour and shape to the saguaro cactus or short little lines for spikes on the other cactus. Let the paint dry completely again.
Cactus Party Decorations made from Cardboard: grow creative blog
Cactus Party Decorations made from Cardboard: grow creative blog

    4. Make mini tissue paper flowers or use small fake silk flowers.  Get creative with the color             and have fun with this part.  Attach the flowers to the tops of the cactus with tape or glue.  

        See my Tissue Paper Flowers Tutorial to make your own flowers!

Cactus Wall Art Party Decor: Grow Creative Blog
Cactus Wall Art Party Decor: Grow Creative Blog

Step 5: Place masking tape or wall dots on the backs of the cactus and stick them to the wall. I grouped my cacti all together.  I think they look happier that way!

 Enjoy some seriously bright and festive party decor!  I'm saving mine for next year's Cinco de Mayo  party.

Cactus Wall Art Party Decor: Grow Creative Blog



5 comments :

  1. Oh my goodness but your mural of Saguaro and Barrel cactus makes me want to pack the car and head out to the San Pedro River Valley area of Arizona to sit and ponder and listen! I think that all jokes originate in Saguaro forests-they are just the most amusing plants to look at-they have so much personality! They are one of the most amazing plants I have ever seen...
    What a great place to start for a study of the dessert for a classroom mural or for a family planning a trip to the dessert!
    What a fabulous idea Elise! Thank you for sharing it.
    Peace,
    Laurie

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    1. Thanks Laurie! Sounds like you have had some adventures with cactus. Love it!

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  3. Love this! Thanks for sharing it!

    Katie
    button-jar.com/blog

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