DIY of the Week – Cactus Rocks

You know what’s a great thing about Mondays? That you get to start a brand new week with a brand new attitude! So if you start if off with a few great thoughts, a great big smile, and some creativity, then you’re in for a fabulous one. And don’t worry, if things start off on the wrong foot, don’t worry about. You can restart from whenever you want!

So, this week we’re going to bring some brightness for those little corners of your space that need a little cheer. (And these are especially great for those of you who love greenery but can’t keep a plant alive if they’re lives depended on it).

What you need:

  1. Smooth, medium to large size rocks
  2. Planter
  3. Small pebbles to fill the planter (ideally white in color as these will make the cactus colors pop more)
  4. Several shades of green paint
  5. White paint
  6. Paintbrush

 

What to do:

Step 1

Take the rocks that will be your cacti and clean and dry them. Once they are completely dry, proceed to paint each one a different shade of green. Feel free to paint several coats on to make sure the color is nice and strong. Leave to dry. Pro tip: You can even paint the rocks white entirely, let them dry, and then paint over with the green, to make the color really stand out, especially for rocks that are dark in color.

Image source - Peinando Canas
Image source – Peinando Canas

 

Step 2

Once the green paint has dried on the rocks, take a thin paintbrush and the white paint, and proceed to paint little designs on the rocks, to give the appearance of a cactus. Ideally keep a different design for each rock, to give variety to the final product. Designs can range from stars, to dots, to lines, and as many permutations and combinations of these that you can come up with. Leave to dry. Pro tip: You can practice different designs on a piece of paper, and select the ones you like the most and recreate them on the rocks.

Image source - Wonder Woman
Image source – Wonder Woman

 

Step 3

Take you planter and fill almost all the way to the top with the pebbles. Now just stick in your cactus rocks randomly, and at different angles, and you’re cactus planter is ready. Pro tip: If you want to use white pebbles, but can’t find any, just paint a handful of them white, and use those as the final top layer when you’re filling the planter. This way you can get the same look without having to paint every single pebble.

Image source - Pinterest
Image source – Pinterest

And there you have it! You’ve got a bit of readymade greenery to brighten up any corner of your house or office. And the best part? It didn’t take too much of time either, did it? See you next Monday for another easy-to-do DIY!