DIY Pool Noodle Cactus

12 Materials
$47
1 Week
Medium

Last Friday was the first day of this Cactus DIY journey. Where do I even begin🙈. This cute cactus definitely took me for a spin. Jumping into this DIY I knew it would be a hard one since I’ve never seen anything like this done before but, I sure wasn’t prepared for all the twists and turns. I think since I was going in blind and pretty much making things up as I went it was way more overwhelming than I intended. Honestly at one point I through in the towel (for about an hour) LOL😂 than my sweet hubby insisted I finish it. Thanks to him this cute cactus was finally completed today.

I’ve seen these pretty giant cacti’s all over pinterest and have always wanted one. When I decided to look into buying one I realized the one I wanted was $299. 😐 LIKE WHAT!! REALLY for a fake cactus. I would think it would cost that much for a real one.

I’m a bit scared to buy a real one. Unfortunately I don’t really have a green thumb. Plus I can’t afford a big one and I’m not willing to buy a small one and grow it because, no plant ever really grows well in my house. Yes this fake one might be a dust catcher but, I’m not to worried about that because I’ll be dusting it regularly 😉 I’m sure that won’t kill it.

diy pool noodle cactus

I used some pool noodles with a big terra cotta pot. You'll also need a dowel.

diy pool noodle cactus

Following that I secured them into the terra cotta pot with some sealer foam.

diy pool noodle cactus

I used a knife to cute out the shape.

diy pool noodle cactus

and plastered it plus painted it.

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diy pool noodle cactus
diy pool noodle cactus
diy pool noodle cactus
diy pool noodle cactus
diy pool noodle cactus

For the paint colors and full list of supplies visit the blog link below.

https://www.lilyardor.com/cute-cactus-diy-plant/


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6 questions
  • Jacquelyn Jean Casper
    on Jul 23, 2018

    What did you use for the cactus spines and how did you attach them?


    • Nia Donovan
      on Jul 23, 2018

      She cut off the bristles of 3 chip brushes & attached pinches of bristles using Mod Podge.

  • Don15077879
    on Jul 23, 2018

    How did you make the spines

    • Dahliaqueen
      on Jul 23, 2018

      Yes please love it but how did you make the spines??

    • Carol
      on Jul 23, 2018

      Hey guys, she doesn't say it, but you have to go to her blog to see how she adds her prickles or spines to the cactus! It was as I thought, she used Modpodge and cut up about 3 paint brushes to make her spines with! If you go to her blog (highlighted after the last picture) she will show you how to do it step by step!

    • Rosemary Pope-Wallin
      on Jul 23, 2018

      Same question here!

    • Linda
      on Jul 23, 2018

      If you click on the link to her blog, she describes in better detail how she made these. For the spines, she used paint brush bristles.

  • Jodi Huber Swick
    on Jul 23, 2018

    why didn’t you use a live cactus? They are low maintenance and you can watch them grow?

    • Dahliaqueen
      on Jul 23, 2018

      Price for one thing! Could not get a cactus that big for the price of two noodles & a flower pot!!

    • Dorothy Sittler
      on Jul 23, 2018

      I was thinking that the fakes were clever for the person with a brown thumb or using home as a closet when on the go all the time!

    • Judi
      on Jul 23, 2018

      safer than the real cacti....


    • Lily Oleynik
      on Jul 23, 2018

      Hi Jodi, I talked about why I didn't choose it more on my blog. Unfortuenly I don't have green thumb and im not willing to invest a lot of money just to watch the cacti die. I know most poeple say they're low maintince but I don't have luck with plants It might be cause I don't get enough light. With all that said a I don't think mine would get that big and buying one this size I'd be scared to kill plus can't afford it.

  • Dahliaqueen
    on Jul 23, 2018

    Would it be weather proof for my deck??

    • Lily Oleynik
      on Jul 28, 2018

      UMMM I'm not sure. You would probably would have to seal the paint with something for that because it would def fade from the sun.

    • Tammy
      on Aug 10, 2018

      If you used weatherproof paints I bet it would

  • Karla Moore
    on Jul 30, 2018

    Why did this project cost 47$?

  • Genie Medlin
    on Jul 30, 2018

    Looks fabulous but how did you create the thorns, what did you use to make them look so realistic? I didn’t see anything on the list for that.

    • Sheilah Robinett Kearney
      on Jul 30, 2018

      Yes that is the question I have also!

    • Jenia
      on Jul 30, 2018

      Me Too!!

    • Sca4301882
      on Jul 30, 2018

      I was thinking the same thing. Please tell us how you did it.

    • ChelseaIrene
      on Jul 30, 2018

      I was thinking this too... I'd love to do this project!

    • Pattie Reynolds
      on Jul 30, 2018

      Me too. I as thinking one could cut of the bristles of a cheap paint brush from dollar tree

    • Pamela Kirksey
      on Jul 30, 2018

      I couldn’t follow the demonstration at all. I would have no idea how to do this. The end result definitely looks like real cacti 🌵 and I wish I could understand from start to finish, but I just don’t get it. I think more steps and explanations are necessary. 😘

    • Tracey McCune
      on Jul 30, 2018

      Cut a paintbrush then take modge podge to stick them on

    • Kary Conklin Berg
      on Jul 30, 2018

      You could also use toothpicks!

    • Becky
      on Jul 31, 2018

      Or glue on pinches of dried decorative moss.

    • Carol
      on Aug 12, 2018

      Follow the link to her blog post. Much clearer directions with instructions for the prickles.

    • UpState
      on Nov 24, 2018

      I was thinking the same thing. Please tell us how you did it.

      I guess you could stick some finely split splinters of kiln (or oven) dried wood onto these objects ?

    • Linny
      on Nov 24, 2018

      This DIYer explains the whole project, step-by-step in her blog, which she references above: https://www.lilyardor.com/cute-cactus-diy-plant/

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  • Jan
    on Jan 12, 2019

    That is adorable, what a creative mind u have.


  • Barbara
    on Mar 28, 2019

    I love it so real looking great job ur very talented ❤️

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