This cactus tree tutorial is a fun way to create quirky decor. Pair it with my giant snowman tutorial to make a fun holiday statement. Don’t have a tree this year? Make one!
Cactus Tree Tutorial Supplies Used
- Oly-Fun Fabric bolt in Kiwi
- Oly-Fun Fabric bolt in Cherry Pop
- Oly-Fun Fabric craft packs in various colors
- Metallic Oly-Fun Fabric
- Hot glue gun
- Lights cut files (free download here and here)
- Shiny Silver String
Step one: Unroll the bolt of Kiwi Oly-Fun fabric so that it is approximately 6 feet long.
Step two: Use chalk and a ruler to outline a piece in the center that is at least 12 inches wide.
Step three: Use chalk to draw two “arms” for the cactus, one from each side, as pictured.
Step four: Cut out the cactus. Use a low temp hot glue gun to seal the sides of the cactus. Leave the base open.
Step five: Use Poly-Fil to fill the cactus. I found that it’s best to not overstuff it, as that makes the top a bit too heavy. Lightly fill the “arms” and top to fill them out, then fill the body. The base can have more fill to help stay upright.
Step six: Make a Santa hat for the cactus. See the video above for that tutorial.
Step seven: Download the free .svg cut files to make the lights to decorate the tree. I cut the bulbs from various colors of Oly-Fun fabric, and cut the tops of the lights from silver metallic Oly-Fun fabric.
Step eight: Use a low temp hot glue gun to assemble the “lights”. Hot glue the lights to metallic string to create a strand. Wrap the cactus tree with the fabric light decor.
I originally published this post on the Fairfield World site, where I am a Master Maker.