DIY Crepe Paper Cactus

Posted by Meghan Quinones
All you need are a few party supplies to create your own paper mache cactus.

I have to admit, my green thumb has improved significantly over the years. This is mainly attributed to choosing plants that are more durable and can live longer without water since I tend to forget to water my plants from time-to-time. Whoops! Even though I typically go for succulents when choosing my plants, I am also a huge fan of paper flowers. Why, you ask? Because you can't kill paper flowers!

I've always wanted to try my hand at creating crepe paper flowers, but found myself trying to come up with a plant I had never seen before. I had a few ideas come to mind, but could not pass up the idea of creating a lovable cactus. I used a balloon along with crepe paper to create a paper mache cactus. I love that this plant requires no water, but will stay green forever. Now, this is my kind of plant!

Here's what you'll need:

  • Pink Crepe Paper Streamer
  • Yellow Crepe Paper Streamer
  • Dark Green Crepe Paper Streamer
  • White Crepe Paper Streamer
  • Mod Podge
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Bowl
  • Balloon
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue

Let's get crafty!

Blow up your balloon to your desired size and place your balloon inside of a container.

Pour your Mod Podge into a bowl. Rip a small piece of crepe paper and lightly dip it into your Mod Podge. Run your paper between your fingers to remove the excess glue. Rub the excess glue on the opposite side of your crepe paper so both sides are covered in glue.

Lay the strip on top of your balloon. Use your fingers to smooth out your crepe paper.

Continue adding strips of crepe paper to your balloon. You will add strips along the top and around your balloon. You will had 5 layers of crepe paper to your balloon.

Cut a piece of pink crepe paper that is 2 yards long and fold it in half.

Use your scissors to cut small slits on the folded part of your streamer, making sure to stop about 1/4 inch from the bottom.

Cut a piece of yellow crepe paper that is 3.5 inches long, fold it in half, and cut slits in it. Lay it on top of your pink crepe paper, placing it all the way to the end.

Begin rolling your crepe paper. Continue rolling it until the entire thing is rolled, forming a flower.

After your flower is rolled, hold on to the top of your flower and cut off 1/8 inch from the bottom.

After 24 hours, use a pin or needle to pop your balloon. If your balloon sticks to your crepe paper, use your fingers to gently pull it away. Use your scissors to cut a straight line at the bottom of your cactus.

Add hot glue to the bottom of your flower and glue it to the top of your cactus. I placed mine a little off-center. I thought it made my cactus look more realistic.

Cut a 6 inch piece of white crepe. Cut it in half. Cut it in half again. Then, cut it into small squares.

Place one of your small white squares on the end of your tweezers. Fold the paper down around the end. Dip the end of the paper into your Mod Podge and glue it to your cactus. Continue adding these to your cactus, forming its needles.

Add your rocks to your pot, leaving a little room at the top. Then, place your cactus on top and press it into your rocks. Add more rocks around your cactus.

You now have a cactus that doesn't require an ounce of water and will live forever!