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Saguaro Cactus Craft

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Alyssa loves creating unique decor items from everyday household materials. She is a wife and mom who drinks copious amounts of coffee.


My obsession with houseplants started about 14 years ago. My husband and I were on a date. After a delicious steak dinner, we stopped by the store and he bought me my first plant: a lucky bamboo. That plant, aptly named Bamboo, is still alive and going strong to this day. Over the years, I've acquired many houseplants. I love to propagate and make new ones, giving some away. Getting other people excited about houseplants is one of my favorite activities and brings me a lot of joy.

As with most plant lovers, I have a bucket list of plants. At the top of that list is the majestic Saguaro Cactus. Unfortunately for me, my house doesn't offer the right conditions to keep such a plant alive.

I figure, if I can't have an actual Saguaro, I can at least make one. That's exactly what I've done with this craft. Using materials I already had on hand, I fashioned a Saguaro that will stand proud for years to come.

The rocks I used actually came from that first Lucky Bamboo planter. Over the years, I've had to cut and divide the plant. Instead of rocks or soil, the bamboo are thriving in vases of water. I even gave a couple of them away to family and friends. We've come full circle.

Follow along with the instructions below to make your own Saguaro Cactus.


Materials Needed:

  • Wire hanger
  • A jar, I used an old candle jar
  • Yarn or string
  • Thin cardboard
  • Decorative stones, rocks, or gems
  • Hot glue gun
  • Tissue paper
  • Pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Scissors
  • A pencil or pen

Steps 1 - 5

1. To get started, carefully straighten out your wire hanger.

2. Cut the wire into three pieces.

3. Pick out the straightest piece. That will be your longest stalk. Using your pliers to help you, wrap one of your wire pieces around the straighter one. Create a cactus shape you like. Once you have your wire how you like it, secure it for now with a piece of scotch tape.

4. Wrap the last piece around to create a second set of stalks and give your cactus a 3D shape. Once you have your piece the way you want, secure it for now with a piece of scotch tape.

5. Starting with the top, carefully remove the tape and secure your wire pieces together with hot glue. Repeat this step for the second piece.

Steps 6 - 15

6. Once your hot glue has cured, stick your cactus in your jar to see where the wire begins coming out of the opening.

7. Remove the cactus and begin wrapping your yarn around the cactus. Keep wrapping until the entire cactus is covered, save the bottom section that will be in the jar.

8. Once you're done wrapping the yarn around, put a dab of hot glue on the end to help hold the yard in place.

9. Place your jar upside down on the cardboard.

10. Trace around your jar and cut your shape out.

11. Make sure your cardboard shape will fit into your jar. Trim a little off the ends if needed.

12. Line up your cactus in the center of your shape and push it through.

13. Crinkle your tissue paper and place it in the jar. Separate it from the center and put some hot glue in. Put a dab of hot glue on the end of your cactus wire and set it inside. Hold it in place until the glue cures, adding a little extra along the sides as needed.

14. Place rocks around the top to hide the cardboard and add interest.

15. Display your Saguaro Cactus.

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