It’s that time of year when the days are getting shorter and it’s harder and harder to get out of bed early! We can finally feel a chill in the air, and plants that have been vibrant throughout the summer are dying or going dormant. This project is meant to bring a little bit of that plant joy into our lives for the winter, and year round!

What You’ll Need:
Acrylic paint
Brushes of different sizes
Work surface

Step 1:
Collect some relatively smooth stones of various sizes. Wash them to remove dirt or other matter and let dry.

Step 2:
Prepare your paints and put down newspaper, cardboard or scrap paper to protect your work surface. You can mix colors to create different shades of green.

Step 3:
Paint your rocks! Start with your shade of green. You may add shadows or highlights, or intentionally make some rocks the same tone to make them part of the same cactus.
Step 4:
Use white to add spiky spines to the plants. At this point it’s helpful to arrange the rocks to explore different combinations of rocks together. You might choose to look up cactus images for inspiration, or use different tools like toothpicks to help you apply the spines.

Step 5:
After the rocks have dried, use a hot glue gun to connect ones that are part of the same plant.

Step 6:
Plant your cacti! You can put your new plants in a small pot with other succulents, alone, on a windowsill, or wherever you’d like them to live!