How to make a paper cactus gift box

Learn how to make a paper cactus and tap into the houseplant craze with this collection of cacti gift boxes by Anne Richardson

How to make a paper cactus

We’ve gone crazy for cacti here in the Gathered studios! Stylishly striking yet easy to keep, they make the perfect houseplants and now, they’ve inspired our crafting with these super-cute gift boxes.

Here we’ve used My Mind’s Eye Happy Days collection but you could use any patterned paper that takes your fancy – the brighter the better! Also, don’t feel like you have to stick to one sort of succulent! We’ve topped our boxes with different shapes and sizes of cacti to add even more interest to the make.

Cacti are bang on-trend at the moment so we expect these gift boxes will be a big hit! And the best bit? They’ll look great perched on a windowsill or keeping you company by your desk for years to come – and they look after themselves just fine!

Download your free paper cacti templates to get started!

Want more free patterned paper? Take a look at our ever-growing collection of free patterned papers, there are lots to choose from and there are lots of different themes. We love these free stylish succulent papers! For more general card making, let us show you how to make cards.

We love seeing what you make with our free printable papers, so don’t forget to share your cards and papercraft projects with us on Facebook and Twitter, too!

How to make a paper cactus, portrait

You Will Need

  • Patterned paper
  • Die, small flowers
  • Die-cutting machine
  • Glue, or double-sided tape

Step 1

Print the cactus template at the desired size. Cut six pieces of paper double the width and fold in half. Place the template onto the fold, draw around the shape and cut out.

How to make a paper cactus - step 1

Step 2

Line up the folded pieces and stick one on top of the other until you have stuck all six pieces together. Open the panels out and attach the two end pieces together. Separate the spikes.

How to make a paper cactus - step 2

Step 3

Die-cut some small flowers in different shapes. Use an embossing tool to shape them and create dimension, then stick them together with the largest at the bottom. Stick the flower on top of your cactus.

How to make a paper cactus - step 3

If you don’t have a small flower die, you can use pre-bought flowers, or go freehand and design your own! Layer up lots of simple flower shapes to create interest for the top of your cactus, or leave plain if you prefer.

How to make a paper cactus