Easy to Make Painted Rock Cactus Centerpieces - Rachel Teodoro

Easy to Make Painted Rock Cactus Centerpieces

Last month, we celebrated my son's high school graduation with a little Tex Mex taco party. He's leaving the Seattle area and heading to the great nation of Texas to attend college, and while we were visiting colleges on our college tour, he fell in love with Tex Mex. What's not to like really? I couldn't think of a better theme for his graduation party, so I created these painted rock cactuses {cacti?} as centerpieces that we used around the party. They cost me next to nothing to make and look great. It's an easy craft you can do and I promise, even the blackest thumb can't kill these plants! 
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Last month, I created some stone garden markers. While I was picking up rocks at the beach, I had my eyes peeled for cactus shaped rocks as well. I used paint that I had on hand already to create a few different greens and painted the rocks. This was the most time consuming part. If I was to do it over again, I might look into green spray paint. I do however, like the depth that you get from using several different paint colors. That's not something you can do with spray paint.

You will also need a white Sharpie oil based paint marker to draw the detail on the cactus.



I sat down with my paint marker and drew various designs on the rocks. Nothing fancy, just do what you like.
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I found my Terra cotta pots at a garage sale. I bought a stack of 12 for a few dollars. You can find them at your local craft store or on amazon too.  I bought a few bags of decorative rocks from our local dollar store and used old newspaper crumbled up in the bottom of the pot so I didn't have to use as many rocks. 

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I put two handfuls of decorative rocks into the pot and then stood my cactus rocks upright. I used three cactus rocks in each pot and then sprinkled some more decorative rocks on top to help them stand in place.


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I think they turned out really cool!

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These painted rock cactus centerpieces cost me around $5 to create twelve. I couldn't even buy a real cactus for that price!

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I think these are lots of fun and the possibilities are endless!
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