TP Roll Cactus Craft

TP Roll Cactus

There’s only one type of plant which is easier to look after than a cactus, and that’s a TP roll cactus!

Bring a bit of wild west into your bedroom and make a cactus plant for the windowsill.


TP Roll Cactus



You will need :

  • Toilet paper roll
  • PVA glue
  • Uncooked rice
  • Green tissue paper (approx 10cm x 10cm sq)
  • Red tissue paper
  • Green paint and paintbrush
  • Printer and Cactus Arms Template
  • Card
  • Scissors
  • Plant saucer
  • Sand
How to make it…
  1. Cut two snips 3 – 4cm long into the top of the TP roll directly opposite each other.
  2. Pour some uncooked rice into a tray or a plate and spread out evenly.
  3. Cover the TP roll in lots of glue and roll it in the rice. Leave to dry.
  4. Print out the cactus arms onto a piece of card.
  5. Cut out the cactus arms and colour in both sides (remember to add prickles to the back)
  6. Cut the green tissue paper square into little pieces and set aside.
  7. Once the glue on the TP roll is dry, paint the the TP roll green.
  8. Before the paint dries, stick extra pieces of tissue to the paint. When you’ve done, leave to dry.
  9. Slot the arms into the slits you made at the beginning of the process.
  10. Scrunch up some red tissue paper and stuff it in the top of the TP roll for a flower.
  11. Finally fill a plant saucer with sand and stand your cactus up in it.  See steps in photos.


  • Be careful when painting the TP roll as the rice will fall off quite easily.
  • Use lots of paint and try ‘stabbing’ motions with your paintbrush to get the paint in between the rice.
  • Why not paint a background for your cactus, with blue sky and endless desert?
Print me – A4 or US Letter

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