Welcome to the April “Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop”, hosted by My Pinterventures. The purpose of this Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all the participants of this hop (and you, too) to not just pin, but to make it happen! So, this month, I chose to create my own pinspired painted rock cactus garden.
Pinspired Painted Rock Cactus Garden
The pinspiration for today’s project came from several pins, including this one, and this little pot given me by my dear friend Dolores. You might remember that I began using cactus for my summer decorations last year. And that I have recently completed several projects to include in my decorating once summer arrives.
There’s last month’s pinspired string art cactus, here. And then a pallet I created on “Wood-n-Wine” night in February, a winter bucket list activity, pictured, here. I was also fortunate enough to be invited to review some realistic silk cactuses sold by Commercial Silk, that I will be adding to my decor this summer season. Looking forward to putting everything together!
Follow along the steps below to create your own painted rock cactus garden.
This craft was not only easy-to-do but it was also easy on the bank account. In fact, because my pot was gifted to me, and I already had the paints and brushes for my Hobby Lobby painting classes, it was virtually free! The river rocks even came from my backyard!
Here’s what you’ll need to gather:
- Several smooth rocks of varying sizes, it occurs to me that mine look rather more like potatoes than rocks!
- A pot in which to ‘plant’ your rock cactuses
- Acrylic paints or poster paints, in white, and shades of green and yellow
- A paint brush
- Container of water
- Q-tip for adding white accents to cactus
- White-out correction pen
- Artificial flower, pom-pom or button
- Hot glue gun
- Soil, sand or some kind of filler for pot
- Smaller pebbles to place around base of painted rock cactuses
- Select several smooth rocks for your cactuses, stand them up together to make an interesting arrangement of varying heights and shapes.
- Wash rocks to remove any dust or dirt and allow them to dry.
- Mix up a shade of green for the first cactus.
- Paint the rock all over with exception of the tip of that will be hidden by the filler you use.
- Paint the other rocks similarly using several different shades of green for interest.
- Allow painted rocks to dry completely, approximately 30 minutes.
- Add details to each rock using white paint and a Q-tip or a White-Out correction pen.
- Using the correction pen actually allowed me more control over the detailing.
I think my dark green cactus has gone from looking like a potato to looking like a watermelon!
- Fill the pot with sand, soil or smaller rocks into which the painted rock cactus will be planted.
- Collect a few smaller pebbles to place around the base of the painted rocks.
- Plant painted rock cactuses into your pot and add pebbles around them to help secure them in place and to cover your filler.
- Determine what kind of flower to add – artificial flower, button, pom-pom. I used a couple of fabric scrapbook embellishments cut like flowers and added a wooden button for the center.
I really, really, really wanted to use that blingy pink flower but it was too large for this little arrangement which means I need to make a larger painted rock cactus garden with which to use it!
- Hot glue flower in place.
- Stand back and admire your green thumb!
My Prince is FINALLY back from working in Germany for close to 6 weeks. He was awake a lot last night due to jet lag. And being the good wife that I am, I was up right beside him for a lot of that time. I think this project turned out kinda cute even though I am a little shaky from ‘jet lag’ sympathy pains today. Would like to try some of these other rock painting crafts I have pinned on my DIY, my Green Thumb and my Seasonings Pinterest boards.
Succulents and cactus seem to be all the go lately. I am seeing little pots of artificial succulents everywhere. Used in centerpieces or little arrangements. They are inexpensive and yet so realistic looking! Shop from the galley below for pieces under $15.00. Succulent candles (wonder how they smell?), succulent prints, terrariums, planters.
When you click on any of the images in the gallery, I earn a few cents. Thank you so much for window shopping with me. Since I am not subbing at the moment, my bank account sure appreciates the boost!
Are you seeing succulents everywhere, too? Have you begun incorporating succulents into your decor? I think, no, I know I need some of those cute cactus kitchen towels. Did you see them in the gallery? Available at World Market and Bed, Bath and Beyond. Lucky for me, we have both stores right in the same shopping center where we like to eat dinner on Saturday nights after church.
Would love to have you join the fun for May.
To join next month’s #pinterestchallenge, click here to sign-up ⇒ May Pinterest Challenge
Now let’s see what other things Pinterest inspired! Head over and visit the other hosts to see what they crafted, cooked, built, or tried!
Debra – Shoppe No. 5
Pili – My Sweet Things
Sam – Raggedy Bits
Rebecca – Simple Practical Beautiful
Hope you will visit some of the creative goings-on these gals are sharing on their blogs. I plan to do that right now. And these please consider linking up your spring bucket list update with us, 04.21.2018. We would love to see what you have going on this spring!
Thank you, ladybugs!
Hugs and kisses,