How to make a paper cactus

Grow a cactus that’s sure to raise a smile! Zoë Patching shows you how to make a paper cactus in three easy steps! Simply download the free templates then follow the guide to add your bead embellishments.

This colourful little paper plant will liven up a study desk or an empty shelf! Made from bright patterned papers and embellished with ribbon and beads, it’s even prettier – and less prickly – than the real thing.

“Its simple slot-together construction is easy to assemble,” explains designer Zoë Patching, “And I show you how to create the beadwork spikes – these help to give it a friendlier, more tactile finish, plus a hint of subtle sparkle, perfect for catching the light in summer!”

The key to perfect sparkly spikes is a proper beading needle, which makes it easy to thread on the little beads.

Like the idea of adding low-maintenance paper plants to your home? Take a look at more great artificial plant projects using our free templates:

Shopping list

Basic card kit
Green coloured card
Kaisercraft paper pad – Bow & Arrow, from Merly Impressions
Mill Hill bugle beads & seed beads, from Sew & So
Beading needle
Plant pot (10cm diameter)
Free templates

How to make a paper cactus beaded spikes

Paper cactus

1. Thread your needle with cotton thread. Slide on a bugle bead then a seed bead. To hold the beads together, pass the needle over the seed bead and back through the bugle bead then knot the thread.

Paper cactus

2. Cut out two large cactus leaves from patterned paper. Add tape strips to the back of one. Position the threaded beads around the leaf edge, sticking the threads to the tape.

Paper cactus

3. Place more double-sided tape on top of the threads, to keep them in place, then position the second paper leaf on top. Cut a slot at the leaf base, ready to attach to the main cactus shape.

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