Does your desk need a little decoration to make it a bit more cheery? Craft up a little potted plant that you can enjoy but you don’t have to water! Download our free printable to trace any of our 4 cactus designs onto a Shrinky Dinks sheet and see tips to decorate it with colored pencils for a cute desk accessory.
To create this potted cactus craft, you will need the following supplies:
- Shrinky Dinks Frosted Ruff n’Ready Plastic Sheets
- Colored Pencils
- Black Permanent Marker
- Hot Glue
First download and print your template onto plain printer paper.
Lay a Shrinky Dinks Frosted Ruff n’Ready Plastic Sheet over the template, making sure the smooth side is down and pre-sanded side is up. If desired, use temporary tape to hold them both in place. Use a permanent marker to trace the cactus and floral design of your choice onto the pre-sanded side of the sheet.
Use your colored pencils or colored permanent markers to color in your designs. Tip: layer different colors to create a blended effect!
Trim your cactus to shape. Tip: curve any corners so they aren’t sharp to the touch after shrinking. Remember, Shrinky Dinks are 9 times thicker when shrunk!
Bake the sheet in an oven according to the directions on the package and watch your design shrink to 1/3 it’s original size.
Once cooled, use a hot glue gun to attach the coordinating flowers onto the cactus.
Insert your Shrinky Dinks cactus into a mini pot and display on your desk. Tip: to make it stand, insert the bottom in foam and cover with small rocks. This cute creation you color, baked and shrunk yourself should cheer you up even on the busiest and gloomiest days!
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