Cactus Prop DIY Tutorial for a Mexican Fiesta Themed Party!

Cactus Prop DIY Tutorial for a Mexican Fiesta Themed Party!

Today I want to share a super easy and inexpensive way to make a cute cactus prop, or table centre for your party! I originally found the idea here and adapted it slightly to fit more with my parties colour scheme and style.  I made it as a centre piece for a Mexican Fiesta dinner party during a ‘Travel’ themed Hen Party. (If you’re having a travel themed party too you can pick up a logo here)

I love this project because it doesn’t require many supplies at all! If you are a hoarder like me you may even already have everything you need, in which case it is totally free to make! Although they are cheap to make, these little fellows can make a real impact when displayed as part of a table setting or as room decor. The template provided with this tutorial will make a cactus that stands roughly 9 inches tall, but it is really easy to adapt and make much larger ones if you fancy.

The Stats

  • Time to make : approx 30 mins (not including paint drying time)
  • Supplies : Cardboard – at least one and a half A4 pages worth, Downloadable template, Craft knife and ruler or scissors, Green acrylic paint (I used Reeves Acrylic Paint in Pale Olive Green which I got from The Range), Black marker pen (I used a Sakura Pigma Micron Graphic), small amount of tissue paper for flower.
  • Costs: Paint – £2.50
  • Total spend – £2.50

cactus-cutout

Use the cactus template provided to cut out the two shapes above in cardboard. I just used an old box that came from Amazon. Once done you will have one cactus shape with arms, and the other just the centre piece. I used a craft knife and ruler to cut the straight parts and then scissors for the bendy bits, which I think made it a bit neater, but you can always just use scissors and you’ll still get a good result.

You will need to cut a slit on each shape so they can fit together.  The slit on the cactus with arms should go down to where its arm begins, and the other should have a slit that goes up to the same place, as pictured above.  The thickness of this slit will depend on the thickness of your card. Mine was about 3-4mm, but it isn’t an exact science. Try slotting the pieces together and you will soon notice if it is too tight and you can just cut a bit more off.

unpainted-cactus-propOnce slotted together, make sure both pieces of card are even at the bottom, if it is wobbly you may need to trim one of them until it is a bit more stable.

Paint the pieces of cardboard and wait for them to dry fully, you may need a couple of coats.

Once it is dry you can start drawing the black lines as shown in the picture below, I used a thinner pen to make the little crosses/spikes.cactus-template-pieces

Make the little flower by folding 6 layers of tissue paper in a concertina, trim the ends to point, tie the middle with string and then pull each layer out carefully. Here is a more detailed video tutorial if you need more help with that. Stick to your cactus with double sided tape.

finished-cactus-prop

And there you have it! I think these little Cacti are perfect for a mexican themed party, or even just as a prop for a cacti lover!

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If you are planning a Mexican themed party then stay tuned! Because I have some printable Photo Booth props that I will be giving away for free in the not too distant future!

The Henthusiast x

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