Cactus Pumpkins

PUMPKIN SEASON has arrived! But when you have a major love for cactus’ sometimes you just can’t let go of your go-to staple. So…what do you do? Ummm COMBINE THEM obvs!

These little cutie pumpkin-cactus’ are super easy to make and all of the things you need (other than the pumpkins themselves) can be picked up at the dollar store! Here’s what you need:

  • Small pumpkins
  • Terra Cotta Pots
  • 1 strand of flowers
  • Green and White Craft Paint
  • Paint brushes (one large and one small)
  • Glue Gun and glue sticks
  • Cups/glasses (for drying)
  • Small dish for paint and cup of water to clean your brushes
  • A skewer or Nail (anything small and pointy)

Step One: Set up your work area and prep your pumpkins!

Give your pumpkins a good cleaning and trim the stems so they sit nicely upside down in the terra cotta pots. For one of the “cactus” I chose to do a double so for the smaller one I trimmed the stem right off.

Lay down a tray or plate with a napkin over it so you don’t make a huge mess!


Step Two: Paint those pumpkins!

Using your larger brush, start with the pumpkins sitting upright and do your first layer as far down as you can go without painting your work surface. Don’t expect the first coat to look super hot – you are painting a pumpkin afterall. It takes a couple of coats to make it stick (I did about 3 coats). Let each coat dry fully before you apply another coat.

Once the top of your pumpkin is looking really green and is dry, grab your cups, flip the pumpkins upside down and place so they are sitting on top of the cups. Now you can paint the bottoms of the pumpkins and this will also require a few coats (the bottom side will actually be the top of the “cactus” so you want to make sure they are well coated and very green). Let them dry completely before moving onto the next step!



Step three: A cactus isn’t a cactus without the pricklies.

Depending on what kind of look you are trying to achieve you can do a couple different options for the prickly's! For these ones I chose small X's on one and dots on the other!

  • For the small X's, use your smaller/fine brush and white paint to make small X-like shapes all over the pumpkins.
  • For dots, flip your smaller paint brush upside down and dip the end of the brush into your white paint. You can usually get away with 2 or 3 dots before you need to dip again!


Step Four:  Glue your elements together

Once your cactus’ are completely dry and painted, grab your glue gun and apply a thin layer of glue around the top of the terra cotta pots (on the inside of the pot) and then place your cactus in the pot. Apply medium strength to push the cactus into the pot to ensure it sticks.

If you are doing a double bulb cactus, take your smaller pumpkin and see whether the bottom or the top of it will sit better (more flush) against the larger pumpkin. Once you decide which side is a better fit, apply glue to that side and then press the smaller pumpkin against the larger one. Hold for 30 seconds to allow the glue to dry a bit and ensure they are attached well to each other.


Step 5: Finishing touch - add the flowers

Clip off a flower from your strand where the stem meets the flower. Then using your skewer or nail (something pointy) make a small hole in the area of the pumpkin you would like to place your flower (stem area not recommended its too tough but right outside of that into the skin of the pumpkin itself is perfect). Apply glue from your glue gun to the tiny hole you have just created, place the base of your flower into the hole and press it down firmly. Hold for 30 seconds to ensure it is stuck on there good.

And that’s it! You now have adorable cactus pumpkins!


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