Felt Cactus DIY

Posted by Renae Bradley on 16 August, 2016 15 comments

Felt Cactus DIY

Our favorite desert darling — the cactus! Craft your own prickly plants with our handy diy below! 

felt cactus supplies and tools

Grab your materials:

Cactus Pattern 
Wool Felt -Our Cactus Palette is perfect! 
Felt Poms in an assortment of sizes -we like the colors Brown and Stone
Fabric Paint
Terra Cotta Pots, we used one with about a 4" rim
Hot Glue Gun
Stick Pins
Sewing Machine (not shown)

cactus pattern

Print out the pattern (or freehand your own design) on basic copy paper and cut out the cactus you want to use first. Grab a 6x9" sheet of felt, fold in half and pin paper pattern in place. 

cactus tutorial craft

(1.) This is where you'll take out your sewing machine and sew right on the paper pinned felt -it's so easy! We love this method for tracing and sewing patterns, just make sure to leave the bottom open for stuffing! (2.) To remove the paper just gently tear the paper away from the felt. (3.) Grab a sharp scissors and trim about 1/4" inch around the stitched line. (4.) Finally -grab some fabric paint and stipple dots over the cactus. We used a sheet of paper to help us make even lines. Let dry over night and repeat on opposite side. And just a shout out to this fabric paint -we tried several different kinds of paint and found we loved the flow and puffiness of this paint the best! 

cactus fabric and paint

Keep a steady hand and you'll have a whole prickly forest soon!

how to make a fabric cactus

Gently fill your cactus with polyfil. 

succulents and cactus felt craft

Heat up that hot glue gun annd stuff the bottom of your pot with a little polyfil. Then do a little bit of mix & matching to find the best prickly pairs (did you get that pun?!) and hot glue the bases together for a bit more stability. Strategically glue poms in place around the cactus and base of the pot. You're almost done!

cactus succulent felt craft

Grab the pattern to cut out the accent flowers. I used about 5-7 flowers per pot placing them on the tip of the cactus or accents in the felt rocks. Our fine tipped glue gun is perfect for detailed work like this! 

Felt Cactus DIY

Enjoy your new desert darling!

Succulent Cactus Felt Tutorial



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  1. Syahn February 25, 2020

    I love Cactus. Thank you for this

  2. Nancy R Jonasen February 07, 2019

    I love this. I saw a sample at Benzie today and am ready to make one myself!!

  3. Karen keber October 18, 2018

    I’m interested in needle felting but know nothing about it. I hope to find some help on this site.

  4. Benzie Design August 23, 2018

    Annie -I love the updates you made to the cactus -it sounds like it turned out adorable!

  5. Iara Stacey January 04, 2018

    eu adorei estes cactus, lindos !! please aonde que posso conseguir os moldes dos cactus,help ! Thank you. Iara 4/1/2018

  6. Annie Rimler November 13, 2017

    Just made two of these – they came out so cute! We used pinking shears to cut out the cactus and instead of poly fill and felt balls, we used scrap burlap to hold the cactus in the pot. Love this project. THANK YOU!

  7. Kaaren Lynch September 30, 2017

    These are so cute, I just love them!

  8. Kathleen September 30, 2017

    This is so cute and the only kind of cactus my granddaughter needs in her room.

  9. Benzie Design September 28, 2017

    Karley -we used pots with a 4" rim -but you could use a variety of vessels to make it work!

  10. Karley September 26, 2017

    So cute, thanks for the idea… what size pots did you use?

  11. Benzie Design August 31, 2017

    Cindy -thanks so much for the feature!
    Jen – yes! You can use freezer paper too!
    Olga -enjoy fabric painting!

  12. Cindy deRosier July 10, 2017

    I’m the Editor of Fun Family Crafts and wanted to let you know that we have featured your cactus project! You can see it here:


    If you have other kid-friendly craft tutorials, we’d love for you to submit them. Thanks for a fabulous project idea!

  13. Jen Pierce May 05, 2017

    Hi! This is an awesome technique: to sew through the pattern paper. Can the same be done using the dreezer paper? Thus can we print pattern on freezer paper, then sew through the freezer paper then cut away? Thanks!

  14. Olga March 25, 2017

    Thank you so much for the design idea! Fabric paint worked great on the cactus.

  15. Olga Santana Mattos March 18, 2017