Easy to Make Painted Rock Cactus Centerpieces

Inside: Fun and easy 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! 
rock cactus centerpieces


What you need to make Rock Cactus


  • Cactus shaped rocks
  • Variations of green paint
  •  Sharpie oil-based paint marker 
  • Small Terracotta pots; You can find them at your local craft store or on Amazon too.
  • Decorative small rock filler


Easy painted rocks


How to make Easy Painted Rock Cactus Centerpieces

  1. You will want to find or purchase your rocks in the shape of cactus. Recently, 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. But if you can't find any, you can usually purchase various rock sizes at your local craft store.
  2. Next, paint each of your 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.
  3. Use your Sharpie paint pen and draw various designs on the rocks. Nothing fancy, just be creative and do what you like. 

Painted cactus rock centerpieces

  4. Grab your Terra cotta pots, I found my Terra cotta pots at a garage sale. I bought a stack of 12 for a few dollars. 
  5. Fill your pots with some old newspaper crumbled up in the bottom, then top them off with your decorative rocks. 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.

Cactus rock DIY



DIY cactus rocks

I really love how these easily painted rock cactus turned out.  They only cost me around $5 to create twelve of them. I couldn't even buy a real cactus for that price!


Easy painted rocks DIY



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More Fun Tex-Mex Inspired Party Ideas

Here are a few more of my favorite Tex-Mex inspired party ideas that will go perfectly with these painted rock cactus.



Easy painted rock DIY

I think these painted rock cactus rocks are lots of fun and the possibilities are endless! Let me know in the comments what your favorite Tex Mex taco party ideas are!
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