Come on, get a prickle on kids!

Help ju­nior crafters cre­ate fun 3D desert plants

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Contents -

get started on this cac­tus-themed craft project by sketch­ing out the strik­ing sil­hou­ettes of prickly plants on foam­core board. Ask a grown-up to cut out your de­signs, then use wa­ter-based paints and marker pens to make them look like the real deal. You can even pin on bright tis­sue-pa­per flow­ers be­fore ‘plant­ing’ them in ter­ra­cotta pots.

Bit by bit!Take your cac­tus-mak­ing game to the next level by cut­ting slots in mul­ti­ple roundish branches and join­ing them to­gether. Re­duce the size of each branch ex­tend­ing from the main body.Straight upTis­sue-pa­per flow­ers in pas­tel pink add a burst of pretty colour to this clas­sic-look­ing cac­tus. Just slot the two shapes of the cac­tus body to­gether to make it ap­pear 3D, then use dress­maker's pins to at­tach the flow­ers.The three ami­gos! Bunch a trio of cacti in a wide-mouthed ter­ra­cotta pot – just stag­ger their heights and draw ribs on each plant with a marker.

Curvy cac­tus Bright paint, glossy var­nish and tis­suepa­per blooms bring this beauty to life! In­struc­tions over page Lit­tle fellaUse foam­core of­f­cuts to make mini cacti to com­plete your patch of plants. You just need a smaller con­tainer to suit. The best bit? Th­ese pots start at $1 from Bun­nings. Hey, spike!The only thing miss­ing here is a som­brero-wear­ing passer-by! PS, note how the main sil­hou­ette is sup­ported by a cen­tral col­umn.

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