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Quilled Cactus Craft – With Cactus Template

I love that the cactus trend is still on the rise! I see cute cactus prints on pillows, backpacks, shirts, coffee mugs, and they are all so beautiful! Cacti come in many different sizes, shapes, colors even, and I am tempted each and every time I see a baby cactus at Lowe’s to pick it up and take it home with me! Simply put, cacti rock, but sometimes it’s easier to care for a cute cactus craft rather than a real cactus. Take a look at this fun quilled cactus craft that you can make. It is also a great craft for older elementary kids or preteens.

quilled cactus craft

I love the look and simplicity of quilled paper crafts, like this quilled tree craft. The quilling process is made easier with quilling tools, but you could use a set of needle nose pliers and get the same or similar results, I would think! If you think you will like quilling, I would suggest getting the set because it makes is more fun and easy to manage!

I love this craft because you can just add the quilled paper to a template, change up the colors, use different textures of paper, and every cactus looks unique!

quilled cactus craft

After you have mastered the 2D quilled cactus, try moving on to these amazing 3D cacti!!


>>Download the cactus template<<


How do I make a quilled cactus craft?

Here are the instructions, materials you will need, and tips for making your own quilled cactus craft!  Let me know if you have questions!

Quilled Cactus Craft

Quilled Cactus Craft

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This cute quilled cactus craft is great for older kids or adults! It's super cute, too!




  1. Make some quilled coils out of green quilled paper. You can use one or two shades of greens to add more details to the cactus.
  2. Cut out the layout for the cactus using the template.
  3. First, add two large coils on to both arms of the cactus.
  4. Now take another large coil and press it into a protractor shape. Then glue the piece on the bottom of the cactus.
  5. Now add two paisley shape on both sides of the protractor shape.
  6. Similarly, add another protractor shape and two paisley shapes on the top part of the cactus.
  7. Now fill up the border of the cactus with smaller coils.
  8. Then fill up the middle using more coils. Leave the glue to dry.
  9. Now take another quilling paper strip and glue it around the cactus.
  10. Cut out the pot for the cactus using the template.
  11. Fold the two sides of the pot vertically, about 1 centimeter.
  12. Glue the pot over the bottom part of the cactus and then add a ribbon or twine to decorate the pot.

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Tuesday 30th of April 2024

The easiest way to make rolled paper designs is to roll your paper on wooden toothpicks. I have been quilling for at least 40 years. I have taught many people to quill and start them off using wooden toothpicks. The wood "grabs" the paper so rolling your coil is easier. There is no need to invest in quilling tools when you are just starting to learn.


Wednesday 1st of May 2024

That's good to know, thanks!

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