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Cactus Planters with Mod Podge Ultra

By: Sherrie Ragsdale

At a Glance:

Project #15231 Skill Level: Intermediate Time:
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This project features these great brands:

  • FolkArt Acrylic Paint Logo
  • Mod Podge Decoupage Finishes and Formulas Logo

Mod Podge ® Ultra Matte, 8 oz. - CS44654

Number Needed: 1 $15.99
Item not for sale on Plaid Online.

FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Real Brown, 2 oz. - 231

Number Needed: 1 $1.69
Item not for sale on Plaid Online.

Stencil Decor ® Brushes - Stencil Brush, 3/8" - 34038

Number Needed: 1 $2.99
Item not for sale on Plaid Online.

Other Supplies

  • Green felt
  • Embroidery floss in several colors
  • Small wooden planter
  • Large wooden planter
  • Medium concreate planter
  • Several different patterned fabrics
  • Large aluminum baking pan
  • Clothespins
  • Scissors
  • Computer printout of cactus
  • 36” x ⅛” dowel rod
  • Styrofoam for pots
  • Small pebbles
  • Craft knife
  • Straight pins
  • White chalk
  • Hot glue


Faux Cacti

  1. Look online to find a cactus pattern suitable for your needs—we used an interlocking design for the large cacti planters and a flat design for the succulent planter.
  2. Print out the patterns in several different sizes.
  3. Cut out patterns and set aside.
  4. Take the felt and place in the aluminum pan. Pour or spray Mod Podge Ultra onto the felt until completely saturated, then remove it from the pan and hang to dry, rotating the felt as needed so that the Mod Podge Ultra dries evenly.
  5. Once the felt has dried, trace patterns with chalk and cut out two sets for the cacti and just one set of succulent.
  6. Glue the two matching sides together with the hot glue.
  7. Dry-brush the edges of the cacti and the succulent with Real Brown.
  8. Interlock the cacti and glue in place. Depending on how large you made your cacti, cut a piece of the 1/8” dowel large enough to support the cacti with 2” beyond the bottom. Glue the dowels in place.
  9. Insert Styrofoam in the pot and stick cacti into the planters.
  10. Glue the succulent pieces together starting with the largest piece and ending the smallest on top.
  11. Glue the succulent onto the Styrofoam.
  12. Fill the top of the pots with decorative pebbles.

Concrete Planters

  1. Cut out a large and small circle to make the flower petals and the center of the flowers. The size of the flower will be determined by the size of the planter.
  2. Snip the edges of the larger circle.
  3. Spray the flowers pieces with the Mod Podge Ultra and attach them to the pots.

Large Wooden Planter

  1. Apply a couple of coats of the Mod Podge Ultra to the wooden planter before adding the floss.
  2. Pull out a large section of the embroidery floss and spray with the Mod Podge Ultra.
  3. Do not cut until you feel like you have added enough floss Begin to apply the floss to the planter making curves and swirls as you go. Continue to pull and spray until you want to change colors. Repeat for all the other colors.

Small Wooden Planter

  1. Cut out fabric pieces to fit planter. Apply a couple of coats of the Mod Podge Ultra to the wooden planter before adding the fabric. Allow the coats to dry in between.
  2. Once dry attach the fabric to the planter with Mod Podge Ultra.

Disclaimer: The information found in each project is presented in good faith, but no warranty is given, nor results guaranteed, nor is freedom from any patent to be inferred. Since we have no control over physical conditions surrounding the application of information herein contained, Plaid Enterprises, Inc. disclaims any liability for untoward results.

Important: Please be sure to thoroughly read the instructions for all products, paying particular attention to all cautions and warnings shown to ensure the proper and safe use of the product.

Copyright: All Rights Reserved. No part of this Project may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing, except for your personal use, except by reviewer, who may in reviewing this project, quote brief passages in a magazine or newspaper.

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