I love cacti plants. That vibrant green skin and they’re so hardy! I’ve unfortunately been known to kill a house plant or two so I decided to make some out of rocks. Don’t they look real?! What’s more, this is the perfect summer craft. It gets you outdoors and you can create them with your kids! Hi! I’m Kim Byers of The Celebration Shoppe. Let’s get crafty and I’ll show you how to create painted rock cactus planters!
Before we get started, let’s collect our supplies at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores:
• Krylon ColorMaster Blue Ocean Breeze Spray Paint
• Rust-O-Leum White Gloss Spray Paint
• Terra Cotta Pots
• 3 Variations of Green Paint
• White Painter’s Pen, Fine Point
• Paint Brushes
• Drop cloth or large sheet of paper
• Optional: Pea Gravel (available in-stores)
This craft is easy and pretty quick, minus the drying time. Here are the steps:
1. Paint Pots – take the pots outside (for ventilation) and place upside down on a drop cloth or large paper. Cover the pots well and allow to set for at least 10 minutes. Flip the pots and coat the top. Allow to dry completely, overnight is best.
2. Select Rocks – you can sometimes buy rocks in the floral section of JoAnn. If not, take to the yard or a local park. Try to select oblong rocks and the more character the better.
3. Paint Rocks – cover each rock in one shade of green. Allow them to dry for 10 minutes. Take a second green paint and paint long strips down one side. Think of it like giving the cactus a shadow. Allow them to dry for 10 minutes.
4. Draw Prickles – using a fine tip Painters Pen, make crosses on each rock in random ways to represent prickles. Allow them to dry.
5. Fill Pots – fill pots with pea gravel. If you want, you can place a piece of paper in the bottom of the pot and only place rocks on the top.
6. Instant Cactus – place cactus rocks into pea gravel at various heights.
Happy summer and as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate with Jo-Ann!