DIY Pool Noodle Cactus

Lily Ardor
by Lily Ardor
12 Materials
1 Week

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.

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

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

I used a knife to cute out the shape.

and plastered it plus painted it.

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

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  • Krafty KAT Krafty KAT on Jul 05, 2019

    Could one use a star ⭐️ shaped noodle. It would not have as many grooves but maybe easier for some?

  • Becky Becky on Jul 11, 2019

    How did you make the little pickles on the cactus?

  • Emmawilliams1 Emmawilliams1 on Aug 02, 2023

    I love it! Really looks real...You stated $47 ...But didn't use all the resources on just this? ..Still a good price and very ingenious...Wish I had seen this before the HOT, HOT summer we are having here, along with many, in Texas. I would have set them out and about. Gonna try to do before next summer for porch and patio...

    🤠🤩Keep up the good work... 🤩

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  • Annette Annette on Jun 24, 2023

    WOW! You did an amazing job with this! It looks so real!

  • WyldSage WyldSage on Aug 08, 2023

    Pool noodles? Naw uh! No way! Those are real cacti!!! 😄 Thank you for showing how to make them! 💕