How to Make Your Own Festive Christmas Cactus Decoration

Updated on November 12, 2019
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Alyssa loves holidays and making fun crafts. She is a wife and mom who drinks a lot of coffee!

This is my completed DIY Christmas cactus decoration.
This is my completed DIY Christmas cactus decoration.

Why DIY?

You might have seen some cute Christmas cactus tree pictures floating around on Facebook recently. Amazon has these novelty decorations available to purchase. As someone who loves cacti and all things tropical, I immediately declared that I needed one. Once I noticed the price, however, I quickly retracted my statement. $130 for a novelty item just isn't reasonable in my book. Instead of taking out my credit card, I decided to make one myself using materials I already had on hand. It turned out to be a fairly simple craft to create and I am thrilled with how it turned out.

Instead of shelling out a lot of money, why not gather up a few supplies, turn on some music, and customize your own festive Christmas cactus?

What You'll Need

  • Wire Hanger or heavy duty wire
  • Pot or container
  • Garland
  • Styrofoam
  • Gorilla tape or super glue
  • Cardboard
  • Bubble wrap or old newspaper
  • Scissors
  • Box cutter or utility knife
  • Side cuts or a wire cutter
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Ribbon
  • Beads

Process Photos

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Place your Styrofoam in your container. Wrap bubble wrap or newspaper around to secure it in place. Gently place your form into the Styrofoam to create a hole and then remove it.Line your cardboard circle up to cut a hole in the center.Wrap garland around the wire form to create your cactus. Leave the bottom section exposed. You will wrap the wire just to where the form meets the top of your container.Place the bottom of the cactus form into the center of the styrofoam and cardboard base you created inside your container. Now you're ready to decorate!
Place your Styrofoam in your container. Wrap bubble wrap or newspaper around to secure it in place. Gently place your form into the Styrofoam to create a hole and then remove it.
Place your Styrofoam in your container. Wrap bubble wrap or newspaper around to secure it in place. Gently place your form into the Styrofoam to create a hole and then remove it.
Line your cardboard circle up to cut a hole in the center.
Line your cardboard circle up to cut a hole in the center.
Wrap garland around the wire form to create your cactus. Leave the bottom section exposed. You will wrap the wire just to where the form meets the top of your container.
Wrap garland around the wire form to create your cactus. Leave the bottom section exposed. You will wrap the wire just to where the form meets the top of your container.
Place the bottom of the cactus form into the center of the styrofoam and cardboard base you created inside your container.
Place the bottom of the cactus form into the center of the styrofoam and cardboard base you created inside your container. | Source
Now you're ready to decorate!
Now you're ready to decorate!

Instructions

  1. Unhook your wire hanger and using your pliers, straighten it out. You want the wire to be as straight as you can get it.
  2. Place your wire next to your container to gauge where you need to cut. I used an old planter pot and cut my hanger a little more than halfway up. Once you know how high you want your cactus to be, use your wire cutters to cut your wire.
  3. Wrap your leftover piece of wire around the longer section of wire about 3/4 of the way down to create your cactus form. I looped my wire around the longer section and wrapped the bottom section of the longer piece around it to create a secure loop.
  4. Tightly wrap Gorilla tape around your loop to secure it in place. Alternatively, you could use a few drops of super glue.
  5. Use your pliers to arrange your form into a pleasing cactus shape. I made one side a narrow curve and the other side a larger curve to give my cactus a more natural look.
  6. Bend each of the top three points down to create a hook with your pliers.
  7. Set your form aside. Place your container upside-down on a piece of cardboard. Trace the outside of your container onto the cardboard and cut out your circle.
  8. Place a chunk of styrofoam in the container and place bubble wrap or newspaper around it to hold it in place.
  9. Slide your form into the styrofoam. Pull it back out and mark where your hole is. Line your cardboard up and carefully cut a hole in the middle to match the one on the styrofoam.
  10. On one side, begin wrapping your garland around the cactus form. Start by winding it around the hook and securing the end by wrapping the length of the garland around it.
  11. Continue tightly wrapping the garland around the wire. I started at one side and continued all the way to the other side, doubled back down the second curve to the top middle stem, and back down. Be sure to stop wrapping where your form meets the top of your container. I left a small section of wire exposed on mine. To secure the garland, wrap it back up to the middle and tuck the end in. If needed, you could add a drop of super glue to make sure it stays.
  12. Slide the cardboard circle onto your wire and then place your cactus in your container.
  13. Decorate your cactus anyway you choose! I placed a string of old red beads around the base to hide the cardboard. I also tied an old ribbon around my planter to jazz it up and make my cactus festive.

Bonus Tip: If you have a string of battery operated LED lights, you could wrap them around your cactus to make it look even more festive. This is something I'm planning on adding to my cactus later on.

Final Touches

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I wrapped a string of red beads around the base to hide the cardboard.I added a red ribbon to make it more festive.This is my completed Christmas cactus.It looks so pretty with the Christmas lights.It's ready for Christmas!
I wrapped a string of red beads around the base to hide the cardboard.
I wrapped a string of red beads around the base to hide the cardboard.
I added a red ribbon to make it more festive.
I added a red ribbon to make it more festive.
This is my completed Christmas cactus.
This is my completed Christmas cactus.
It looks so pretty with the Christmas lights.
It looks so pretty with the Christmas lights.
It's ready for Christmas!
It's ready for Christmas!

Questions & Answers

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      • Alyssa Nichol profile imageAUTHOR

        Alyssa 

        4 weeks ago from Ohio

        Thank you so much, Lora! This little project has gotten me into the holiday spirit for sure! :)

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        Lora Hollings 

        4 weeks ago

        I just love this Cactus tree! It’s so unique and eye catching. A great decoration that looks like it would be fun to make as well. How nice to make something a little different than the usual holiday items. Thanks for the easy to follow instructions and this awesome craft!

      • Alyssa Nichol profile imageAUTHOR

        Alyssa 

        4 weeks ago from Ohio

        My thoughts exactly, Pamela! Yes, I think LED lights will jazz it up nicely. Have a wonderful week!

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        Alyssa 

        4 weeks ago from Ohio

        Thank you, Bill! I hope you have a wonderful week!

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        4 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

        That retail price is way to high. You vert cleverly created a beautiful cactus. I think added LED lights would also be nice.

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        Bill Holland 

        4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

        Very clever, my friend. I'll bet your household is a fun place to hang out during the holidays. Ours, not so much! Kids are all gone, and Bev and I just can't work up the energy to tackle decorating. :)

        Have a brilliantly creative week!

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