Cactus Craft Round-Up: DIY Clay, Paper and Felt Cactuses

If you follow The Midnight Creative on Pinterest, you’re probably aware I’m slightly Cactus obsessed. Contemporary renditions of this desert plant are full of colour, texture and whimsy.

I’m having a 40th Birthday Fiesta this weekend, so I thought I would try my hand at making some potted polymer clay cactuses.

I thought I would try my hand at making a polymer clay cactus garden. I've rounded up some tutorials to inspire your own cactus craft obsession.

These colorful gems are particularly low maintenance when they’re in clay, paper or felt form. Want to make your own cactus garden? I’ve created a cactus craft round-up to get your ideas sprouting.

CLAY

Today I'm sharing a cactus craft round-up to fulfill your cactus obsession and get your ideas sprouting.

 

  1. Clay Cactuses | The Party Parade
  2. Cactus Ring Holder | Collectively Christine
  3. Polymer Clay Cactus Inspiration | JooJoo
  4. Clay Cactus Garden | Inspired by Charm

PAPER

Today I'm sharing a cactus craft round-up to fulfill your cactus obsession and get your ideas sprouting.

 

  1. DIY Cactus Plants | The Crafted Sparrow
  2. DIY Paper Christmas Cactus | The House That Lars Built
  3. Four Paper Succulents | Lia Griffith
  4. Crepe Paper Cactus Plants | Lia Griffith
  5. DIY Cactus Plants | Avanti Morocha

FELT

I thought I would try my hand at making a polymer clay cactus garden. I've rounded up some tutorials to inspire your own cactus craft obsession.

 

  1. DIY Felt Cacti | Garden Therapy
  2. Felt Cactus Craft | Benzie Design
  3. Needle Felt Cactus | Make & Fable
  4. Felt Cactus Pincushion | Lia Griffith
  5. Cactus Pincushion | A Beautiful Mess

What’s inspiring you lately?

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I thought I would try my hand at making a polymer clay cactus garden. I've rounded up some tutorials to inspire your own cactus craft obsession.
 


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How to Discover Your Passion: Ask Yourself the Million Dollar Question

Well friends, in four days it will be my 40th Birthday. It is always around this time of year that I start to ask myself “What the hell do you want to do with your life Katie?” It’s a somewhat annual crisis. But this year I do know what I want to do with my life; I’m just narrowing down the specifics. I know that I want to make things, and that I want to share with you all ways to live a richly creative life.

Part of how I came to this realization was asking myself what I call The Million Dollar Question. I think this is an effective strategy for how to discover your passion and purpose. The question is this: “What would you do if you had a million dollars?” Yup, I know, I know, your mind is blown. But seriously, what would you do if you took money off the table?

What the hell do you want to do with your life? Use this strategy to help you discover your passion and live your purpose.

I believe this strategy can apply to several situations:

Not sure if you want to go back to work or continue to stay home with the kids? What would you do if you had a million dollars? Maybe you choose stay home, and realize you were only conflicted because of others’ opinions. Maybe you realize you would go back to work despite the money because your job fills you up (and you miss talking to adults).

In a bad relationship and you’re conflicted about why you’re staying (is it love or the fear of financial hardship?). What would you do if you had a million dollars.

Back to discovering your purpose – If you had a million dollars, maybe you:

  • envision your life travelling the world taking cooking lessons in every country
  • want to give back to a charity that means a lot to you
  • would go to art school
  • paint everyday
  • invent that thingamajig you’re always dreaming about

Now that you’ve narrowed down your passion, put the money back on the table.

You can’t travel the world right now and take cooking lessons in every country, because of, you know, bills. But guess what? You CAN dedicate friday evenings to taking a cooking class, or experimenting at home. You CAN paint every day, but maybe on a smaller scale. You CAN still engage with that organization in a meaningful way through volunteering.

Knowing what you want to do with your life, doesn’t mean you have to do it at the expense of all else. If you can make a career out of it, amazing! But quitting your day job to pursue your passion is a lot of pressure. For some reason we always think of passion and purpose in terms of career goals, but guess what, you can follow your passion and fulfil your life’s purpose in the between hours too.

The answer to my million dollar question was this:

I would go to art school and major in pottery or fibre arts. I would have a beautiful sun-filled studio in which I worked, possibly in a reclaimed barn. I would start the blog I’d been thinking about for a couple years.

After putting money back on the table it looks something like this:

Art school is not a realistic option for me, but making art and learning is. So I’m making and learning and sharing with you all here because turns out I don’t need a million dollars to start a blog! And turns out I don’t need a fancy studio to work in either. And guess what? I’m thinking 40 is going to be a million dollar kind of year.

How will you answer your million dollar question and make your dream life a reality?

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