Cacti have become quite popular in home decor lately. And what’s not to love about the prickly, easy to care for plant? Especially when a beautiful flower blooms on them. I went to Target in the beginning of the year and strolled through the dollar spot, and there were cacti everywhere. I bought a couple of cute little blocks that I keep up to remind me that I can do it. And then there was a wall hanging that I just loved. However, something about spending more than a dollar in the dollar spot just gets to me. So I took a picture of it and went home to think about going back and buying it. I didn’t go back. I decided to try my hand at making my own.
I had a flour sack towel that I had bought for some other craft that did not happen. I spent less than a dollar on it. I had part of a dowel sitting with my wood scraps that I didn’t need for anything. I had plenty of paint. I thought “I can do this!”
So while I was on my girl’s crafting weekend in Minnesota I got started on the hanging.
I ironed any creases out and cut down my flour sack to my desired size. I created two equal sized pieces. I then cut a piece of white felt the same width, but about an inch shorter to make my wall hanging a little firmer.
I then took one piece of the flour sack and started lightly sketching cacti on it with pencil. This created a light outline for where I was going to paint.
I started mixing paint to achieve the perfect greens and then started painting. Once my cacti were all painted on I left them to dry.
I then layered put my two flour sack pieces together with the pretty sides together and sewed a straight line across the top. I then trimmed the excess and flipped my hanging so that the pretty side faced out and then placed the felt inside and lined the bottom of the felt with the bottom of the flour sacks. I pinned the pieces together and sewed the outline of the felt in the hanging. Sewing the perimeter of the felt leaves an opening to add a dowel through the pieces.
I did all these steps on my girls weekend so that I wouldn’t have to pack a dowel. ( This also means I didn’t get a chance to photograph piecing and sewing the wall hanging together.) A lot of the projects I did were partial projects, or test projects. To see if they would work. If you are traveling a good distance for a crafting retreat I recommend this to save packing space.
Once I got home I cut down my dowel so that it stuck out the desired length. I then cut some twine and added some hot pink paint to the just the ends of the twine. After letting the paint dry I inserted the dowel into the wall hanging. Then I wrapped the twine around the dowel a little bit on each end. I secured the wrapped ends with a little clear glue and let that dry. Once everything was dry and secure I could hang up my little cacti!
It was pretty simple and I am happy with the way that my cacti turned out. It’s not exactly the same as the one at Target, but I think that’s what I like most about it. This was so easy to do and I recommend you try it too! It also allowed me to use up supplies that I had lying around (so i could buy more).
What kinds of projects do you do when you have random supplies lying around? Let me know in the comments below! Thanks for reading and don’t forget to subscribe so you get emailed every time I post!