Cacti crafts have become really popular in the last few years. And we’re definitely on board! If you’re looking for cute and quirky home décor, these needle-felted mini cactus plants are the perfect project for you. They’re also very easy to make. So if you’re new to needle felting, this would be a good DIY project for you. If you have a teen or tween, they might be interested in crafting these cacti, too!

Quite the Prickly Pair

We crafted these needle-felted mini cactus plants with roving wool and wool felt by Benzie. We tend to use foam eggs for the bodies of our needle-felted animals, but this time we used one for the base of these cacti plants. When you’re done making your needle-felted mini cactus plants, place them in a small pot. We got ours from a local flower market here in Portland.

If you’re a cactus fan, you might also want to make this cactus art print for your walls. Or this DIY ring holder is a cute one, too. Have your own project to share? Post a picture on Instagram and use the hashtag #MadeWithLia. We may just repost it on our social pages or feature it in our weekly email! 

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  1. Gather tools and materials.
  2. Poke sage roving felt repeatedly to create a circle approximately 2.5-3″ in diameter.
  3. Use sewing needle to thread floss through center to create 6 lines around the circle.
  4. Cut 5 small petals from rose felt.
  5. Glue felt pieces together at base to create flower and then glue to top of felted ball.
  6. Gather green roving felt and poke repeatedly to form cylinder.
  7. Create 2 arms for cactus by bending roving wool to create the curve, leaving loose roving at the end.
  8. Repeatedly poke loose ends of arms into sides of cactus base.
  9. Cut foam egg in half; on flat side, repeatedly poke gray roving wool to cover foam base. Repeat with second half of foam egg.
  10. Glue to secure each cactus on the base, then place in small pots.

Photo tutorial for needle-felted mini cactus plants by Lia Griffith

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