DIY Kill-Proof Cacti That Won't Die

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They say that cacti are low maintenance and easy to grow, but for some of us no matter what we do, they always seem to die. So if you suffer from that dreaded brown thumb then you're going to love these DIY kill-proof Cacti.
Not only are they indestructible, they're also quick and easy to make. All you need is a few empty tin cans, scrap pieces of wood that are at least 4 cm (1.5″) thick, craft paint, jigsaw and sandpaper
Wash and remove any labels from the tin cans and place them on your piece of wood, making sure to line the bottom of the can up with the edge of the wood. Draw a few cacti shapes using the size of the tin cans as a guide.
Cut the shapes out with a jigsaw and sand to remove any rough edges.
Paint the cacti shapes in shades of green.
Distress the paint lightly using sandpaper and add some spiky bits with jewelry wire. I added a whole bunch of spikes to two of the cacti and a wire flower to the third.
If you don't want to use jewelry wire, you can paint the spikes on instead  Add some gravel or concrete to the tin cans and plant the cacti.
And your easy, peasy kill-proof cacti are ready.
These ones will be going down to our holiday home where I know they'll always look good, even when we're not there to look after them  Would you make a few for yourself?

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  • Ase32167140
    on Jan 17, 2020

    I love to give Mexican-themed parties with authentic food and decorations. However, I have to store my decorations and that definitely eliminates cactus plants. This is going to be an adorable addition. Can't wait to try it. Thanks

    • Michelle Leslie
      on Jan 22, 2020

      Oh these would be perfect for a Mexican themed party and they won't get damaged if things get rough either

  • Amanda
    on Jan 22, 2020

    Great project!! Love cactus everything.

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