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Picture of Pebble Cactus

Hello everyone and welcome to my fourth instructable!

I like very much plants and flowers but I do not really have a "green thumb"...

this is one of the reasons why I love cactus (or cacti)! They are absolutely my favorite among the plants and I find some of them real artworks: elegant like pieces of furniture, never banal with their strange shapes and, as I was saying before, they last long and require low maintenance.

But do you know what is quite eternal, even more than a cactus? Stones!

So, let's build a faux cactus made of pebbles!

Step 1: Materials and Tools

Picture of Materials and Tools

To build it:

  • workbench or vise
  • hammer
  • 1 wood screw
  • drill or rotary tool (or both)
  • 2mm/3mm/4mm drill bits (for the type of bits, see "step 3")
  • 1.5mm/2mm steel wire
  • caliper
  • cutting nippers
  • lineman's pliers
  • hot glue gun
  • primer and spray paint
  • pencil and permanent marker

To plant it:

  • a terracotta pot
  • a piece of thin wood
  • a wall plug with its screw
  • 2 washers
  • something to cut a circle out of wood: I use a hand saw and file but you could use also a drill with hole saw or even a jigsaw
GrahamJ12 made it!3 months ago
Hi thanks for your comments the thorns are cut from a very cheep hair brush pushed into a small piece of florists oasis with a drop of superglue and a squirt of activator to solidify it and then super glued into place.
GrahamJ12 made it!3 months ago
I really enjoyed this project, mounted on a piece of wood and set into the terracotta pot in concrete to give it stability, so I could lean it backwards slightly to give it another aspect of interest. I intend to enter it a local craft fair show in the ''Something Made By the Exhibitor'' section.
So wish me luck
gibetto (author)  GrahamJ123 months ago
I like your cactus! Concrete in the pot is a good idea to stabilize it.
How are spines made and attached? For another cactus I used hot glue and pieces of fishing line but yours seem to be thinner.
So, good luck for the craft fair show and let me know how it went!
Ooh, I really like this! The pebbles give it a more natural feel to it :)
gibetto (author)  Penolopy Bulnick6 months ago
Thank you!
jessyratfink6 months ago
I have the greenest thumb, but I almost want to make some of these for the outside of my house. Most cacti can't survive where I live!
gibetto (author)  jessyratfink6 months ago
I'm really happy that a plant expert like you enjoyed my Instructable! Thank you!
gralan6 months ago
This is a great project for me, as I killed an air-fern when living in the humid Pacific NW and believe I had the brownest thumb as a gardener. I doubt I can kill stones and pebbles. Yay! This should actually work with rock yards I've seen in Arizona and New Mexico.
gibetto (author)  gralan6 months ago
Thumb up (brown, of course) for your comment! Thank you!