Create custom cactus artwork for decor that's pretty, not prickly. This DIY project is easy to make and adds a hint of Southwestern style to any space. Plus, you don't need a green thumb to keep it looking fresh. Follow along with our video and instructions to make your own cactus artwork.
What You Need
- White mixed-media paper
- Acrylic printing blocks
- Adhesive foam sheets
- Crafts paint: 3 shades of green and 2 or 3 flower colors
- Crafts knife
- Cutting mat
- Foam brushes
Step 1: Make Templates
Draw cactus shapes on paper. To make art that looks like ours, make a teardrop shape in several sizes and draw one or two flowers. Cut out templates.
Step 2: Make Stencils
Trace templates onto the back of adhesive foam. Cut out using a crafts knife. Using a pencil, draw random vertical dashes on the teardrop-shape stencils. There should be 15-20 dashes per stencil. Cut out the dashes using the crafts knife.
Remove adhesive backing, and apply foam cacti and flowers to individual acrylic blocks. Smooth out evenly to get rid of any air bubbles.
Step 3: Stamp Cacti
Cut paper to desired size. We used a sheet that was 12x16 inches. Prepare paints on two separate paper plates. Add greens and flower colors. Use a foam brush to paint the largest cactus stamp dark green. Firmly press the stamp onto the bottom on the paper 1-2 inches from the edge.
Using the other sizes of stamps and various shades of green, repeat the stamping process several times. The cactus shapes should build on each other, with the largest stamps at the bottom and the smallest at the top. For a multidimensional effect, overlap an existing dark green stamp with light green, slightly offsetting the stamp.
Step 4: Stamp Flowers
To finish, paint and stamp flower stencils on the tops of each cactus. We used bright pink and orange stamps for a pop of color. Let dry, place in frame, and hang.