How to create cactus rock pots

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How to create cactus rock pots

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Want a cactus garden that’s easy to make and really rocks? We can show you how.

Tools and materials

Acrylic paints

Big rocks

Decorative rocks

Googly eyes


Sharpie pen


Terracotta pot

Tools and materials needed to make a cactus rock pot

1. Choose your rock

First and most importantly, choose a rock. Pick one that has a good shape and looks a bit like a cactus.


2. Paint your rock

Choose any type of acrylic paint you’ve got at home. We used a chubby paint stick, which is easy to use and makes less mess. Choose a colour that you think will look cool for your cactus. It’s best to make sure your rock is clean and dry before you start painting. Make sure you paint your rock completely. Once you’ve done that set it aside and leave it to dry.

Paint markers

3. Get your pot ready

While you wait for the rock to dry, it’s a good time to get your terracotta pot ready. It’s likely to have a hole in the bottom. Cover this with some tape as this will stop any sand spilling out.

Terracotta pot with tape applied to the inside of the hole

4. Fill the pot with sand

Fill your pot with sand. This will hold your rock cactus in place when you plant it.

5. Draw on the thorns

When your rock is dry, it’s time to draw on some prickly-looking thorns. Use your sharpie to do this. We drew them in a cool v-shape, but you could try different shapes. You’ll need to cover your rock completely with these.

Using a marker to draw on the painted rock

6. Add some googly eyes

Give your cactus some love by adding some human personality with googly eyes. Glue them on with craft glue.

Gluing on googly eyes to the rock

7. Plant your cactus

Push your finished cactus firmly into the sand to plant it. Create one for the entire family – Mum Rocks, Dad Rocks or even the whole Family Rocks! Then to really make your cactus rock garden pop, add some decorative rocks around the top of the sand. And you’re done!

plant your cactus

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

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