Cactus Cricut Terrarium with SVG

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A fun DIY Cricut decor craft, this Cactus Cricut Craft creates a terrarium that even the worst plant moms can keep looking great and makes a fun addition to your office decor.

A fun addition to your office or centerpiece for a Western-themed party, this DIY Cactus Terrarium uses a Cricut Cactus template to make a cute plant decor piece that even the worst gardeners can't kill!

Cactus Cricut Craft from Cricut Cactus Template

I am trying to turn over a new leaf and become a responsible plant owner – one that doesn’t kill everything green that enters my home within a week. But y’all, this does not come easily to me!

I always find it so sweet when a friend gifts me a plant, but I usually end up feeling super guilty when I inevitably kill it. The most recent fatality was a beautiful orchid a friend surprised me with on my birthday… I bought it specially formulated orchid food, researched everything I could and put it in an optimal spot in the house.

It didn’t last a month.

So, this craft is the gift to give people like me. The people who love plants but are decidedly plant killers.

It’s a cute and whimsical piece of office or bedroom decor that nods to their love of plants… without the potential of plant murder. Plus it’s super easy and cheap to make. It could also be a cute table centerpiece for a themed party, and then guests can take it home afterwards as a fun goody gift. (It would also be cute for a friend who you have a special Southwestern travel memory with!)

You could also make these cricut cacti to attach to a card or add to a picture frame, especially one of these shadow box-style picture frames. I think it would also be super cute to add little cactus flowers to your design.

I didn’t glue or secure the sand or rocks in the vase so that when I get bored of this craft, I can re-use all of the materials. If desired, you can layer an epoxy over the sand and then over the rocks to secure them in place.

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Materials to Make Paper Cacti

Tip: if you don’t want to re-use your materials and want to ensure your sand and pebbles stay securely in place, you can use an epoxy to seal them.

How to Make a Cricut Cactus Terrarium Craft

Uploading the Cactus Pattern

  1. Open Cricut Design Space. 
  2. Click on the “+” sign to start a new project, opening up a blank canvas.
  3. Click on the Images button from the toolbar.
  4. Search “torch cactus” image (#M103661F) and then click on the image to insert the pattern on the canvas.
  5. Resize grouping to double its original height (4.5” high).
  6. Search “barrel cactus” image (#M102CADB) and then click on the image to insert the pattern on the canvas.
  7. Resize the cactus to 2.25” wide. Duplicate the pattern and resize the second cactus to 1.5” high.
  8. Change the color of the prickly torch cactus pieces to pink and change the color of the prickly barrel cactus to dark green. 
  9. Change the color of the other torch cactus pattern pieces to a mix of light green and dark green. Change the other barrel cactus pattern pieces to a mix of light green and dark green.
  10.  Move to the color sync tab to see all the pieces sorted by color.

 

Cutting

  1. With the machine set to Cricut Maker, select “Make It” in Design Space.
  2. Set material type to Medium Cardstock, choosing the appropriate weight based on your paper.
  3. Place the first paper color onto the light grip mat.

4. Follow prompts for loading cardstock paper into Cricut Maker and cutting. When the cut is complete, unload the mat from the machine.

5. Remove the cut pieces from the cutting mat using a spatula tool.

6. Repeat for the remaining cacti pieces and papers.

Assembling the Paper Cactus

  1. Fold the cactus pieces along the score lines. 
  2. Group the similar sized pieces together. They will create three separate cacti.

3. Start with the smallest sized cactus. Using a glue stick or hot glue gun, glue the pieces together, sandwiching the prickly pieces between the other colors, alternating them as you go along.

4. Repeat with the other two sizes of the torch cactus and for the other barrel cactus.

Assembling the Terrarium

  1. Pour the sand into the bottom of the glass vase.
  2. Pour the pebbles over the sand.

3. Place the paper cacti into the vase, burying them into the pebbles to secure in place or add a bit of glue to the bottom to help hold it upright.

 

Pin this Easy Cricut Cactus Craft for a fun gift for a plant-loving friend:

How to make a DIY Paper Cactus Terrarium using a free Cricut Cactus SVG and some basic crafting supplies. This fun cactus craft makes a Western Party decor piece or a cute gift for a friend, no watering required

Grab your free printable instructions for our Cricut Cactus Terrarium craft:

Yield: 1 Terrarium

Cactus Cricut Terrarium with SVG

Cactus Cricut Terrarium with SVG

A fun addition to your office or centerpiece for a Western-themed party, this DIY Cactus Terrarium uses a Cricut Cactus template to make a cute plant decor piece that even the worst gardeners can't kill!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Difficulty Medium
Estimated Cost $5

Materials

  • Torch Cactus Template (Design Space codes #M103661F and #M102CADB)
  • Cardstock Paper in light green, dark green, coral pink and cream colors
  • 5" Square Glass Vase
  • 1 1/2 cups Small Pebbles
  • 1 1/2 cups Sand

Tools

  • Cricut Machine with Fine Point Blade and Scoring tool
  • Cricut Light Grip Mat
  • Cricut Spatula
  • Hot Glue Gun with Clear Hot Glue Sticks

Instructions

Uploading the Cactus Pattern

  1. Open Cricut Design Space. 
  2. Click on the “+” sign to start a new project, opening up a blank canvas.
  3. Click on the Images button from the toolbar.
  4. Search “torch cactus” image (#M103661F) and then click on the image to insert the pattern on the canvas.
  5. Resize grouping to double its original height (4.5” high).
  6. Search “barrel cactus” image (#M102CADB) and then click on the image to insert the pattern on the canvas.
  7. Resize the cactus to 2.25” wide. Duplicate the pattern and resize the second cactus to 1.5” high.
  8. Change the color of the prickly torch cactus pieces to pink and change the color of the prickly barrel cactus to dark green. 
  9. Change the color of the other torch cactus pattern pieces to a mix of light green and dark green. Change the other barrel cactus pattern pieces to a mix of light green and dark green.
  10.  Move to the color sync tab to see all the pieces sorted by color.

Cutting

  1. With the machine set to Cricut Maker, select “Make It” in Design Space.
  2. Set material type to Medium Cardstock, choosing the appropriate weight based on your paper.
  3. Place the first paper color onto the light grip mat.
  4. Follow prompts for loading cardstock paper into Cricut Maker and cutting. When the cut is complete, unload the mat from the machine.
  5. Remove the cut pieces from the cutting mat using a spatula tool.
  6. Repeat for the remaining cacti pieces and papers.

Assembling the Paper Cactus

  1. Fold the cactus pieces along the score lines. 
  2. Group the similar sized pieces together. They will create three separate cacti.
  3. Start with the smallest sized cactus. Using a glue stick or hot glue gun, glue the pieces together, sandwiching the prickly pieces between the other colors, alternating them as you go along.
  4. Repeat with the other two sizes of the torch cactus and for the other barrel cactus.

Assembling the Terrarium

  1. Pour the sand into the bottom of the glass vase.
  2. Pour the pebbles over the sand.
  3. Place the paper cacti into the vase, burying them into the pebbles to secure in place or add a bit of glue to the bottom to help hold it upright.

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