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Published on September 22nd, 2014 | by Kristen Swain


Mini Pebble Cactus Pots

I should title this post, “How to drag your feet on finishing a project for five months.”

To say it took me that long, well, I’m not much for procrastinating.

Most of the time.

I’m a tear the bandaid off, pull the plug, hurry up and get it done kinda girl.

Again, I say most of the time.

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But this pebble cactus craft wasn’t going together like the vision I had in my head,

So I kept putting it aside, waiting for the inspiration to finish it.

Flash forward to a month ago, I got them finished, took photos, and again, just didn’t get this project up.

It’s like my brain doesn’t want to move on.

I kept picking it up, wondering at it, moving it forward inch by inch, until finally, we’re here.

I don’t know why, the pots are adorable.

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I have a black thumb and kill plants. I admit, I have fake houseplants.

I have successfully killed all my live plants.

And, I have a cat that would eat them anyway. He chews up my fake plants as it is.

I like the little cactus flowers. They add a touch of color. I know, not realistic. but you never have to worry about them dying either.


To start, pick out some river stones that seem to be cactus shaped. Pick out several colors of green paint and paint the rocks.


Paint them in various shades of green.


I then took the green rocks and streaked them with more green colors.

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Lastly I took colors of white and lime, then added lines, dots, stars to the rocks, and I finished them with a gloss clear spray.

I took the bottoms of some small terra cotta pots, and spray painted them gloss black.


I added the rocks to the pot after adding a big dollop of silicone glue to the center, and I wrapped a bit of tape around them and the pot to keep them in place.

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To finish them, I added regular white glue once the silicone was dry, and topped the glue with sand.

I got the sand at an aquarium section in the pet store.

Then I added the small paper flowers, and tied raffia around the rim of the pot, added a button and twine to finish.

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