Title of Artwork: Cactus
Artist: Janette Thomas
Print version: Yes
Lesson video: No
Age Appropriate: 7+
Materials required:
  1. Download template from Downloads.
  2. Greens, white, blue and purple FLIPTEZ from Starter Pack and 'Under The Sea' Theme Pack.
  3. 1xA4 sheet of art paper.
  4. Glue stick.
  5. Scissors.
  6. Small plastic plant container. (Available at dollar shops).
  7. Moss.
  8. Cardboard or light plastic, insert for the top of the plant container with hole punched in the middle.
Cut, Colour and Finish Cactus.
Step 1: Cut, Colour and Finish Cactus.
  1. Take A4 sheet of paper and lightly sprinkle, greens, white and light blue FLIPTEZ over both sides and colour in well. (Experiment a little to get the right shade of bluey green of a cactus).
  2. Now lightly sprinkle purple over a few areas (on both sides)to give the streaky mauve look that is often found on a cactus.
  3. Place the triangle onto the paper at one end and cut out. This is the stem.
  4. Roll it to form a cylinder starting with the long side. Roll it tightly and glue. Put aside to dry.
  5. Cut out the leaves as indicated. We were able to fold the paper and cut through all layers, so that we only needed to cut each template once. It depends on the strength of the hands, but at least 2 layers could be cut simultaneously.
  6. Starting with the 5 large leaves, begin pasting onto the stem, just below the halfway point. Note: We put glue onto a toothpick or skewer and 'painted' it onto the stem of the leaf. Put the glue on the side of the leaf you want to be on top and press it firmly onto the stem.Keep rotating the stem in your hands to get a good effect with an evenly balanced cactus resulting
  7. Next glue the 4 large leaves, the next size leaves and finally the smallest 4 leaves.
  8. While the cactus is drying, cut the plastic or cardboard to fit snugly into the container. Ours had a little ledge in it about 5mls down. We upturned the pot and traced around a light plastic and then cut it out. We had to trim it to fit the smaller diameter of the ledge. Sand could also be used, but you run the risk of it being knocked over.
  9. We then used a metal skewer to make a hole in the centre of the plastic.
  10. Insert the cactus and place the moss around the top.
  11. We made 3 because they looked so effective.
  12. A great gift.
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